Art connoisseurs and nature lovers will find lots of exciting and educational things to do in Limoges. This city located in southwest-central France boasts of century-old churches, museums that feature Limoges porcelain and ceramics considered the best in the world, botanical gardens, nature parks and bodies of water ideal for fishing. People seeking peace and quiet will find Limoges the best place to visit. This city is accessible from Paris by plane or by train. Train tickets from Paris to Limoges cost 15 EUR (16.78 USD) and the trip takes 3 hours and 56 minutes. Those who prefer to enjoy the panoramic view along the way from Paris to Limoges prefer the train. However, if one is in a hurry, flights are available from Paris that will take the traveler to Limoges in less than an hour.
With plenty of things to do in Limoges, vacationing families, couples and individuals will never have a boring moment even without the noise and crowd of big cities. Here are things to do in Limoges that can enrich the mind, spirit and heart.
1. Musee National Adrien Dubouche
One of the best things to do in Limoges is to visit the Musee National Adrien Dubouche and feast one’s eyes on the awesome collection of china and porcelain for which Limoges is famous worldwide. This museum is a haven for art collectors, lovers of art, and history buffs. Musée National Adrien Dubouche is open from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:45 pm. Admission is free for teachers, job seekers, group guides and recipients of RSA and people below 26 years old, and free for everyone during first Sunday of the month.
Musee National Adrien Dubouche
Address: 8 bis, Place Winston Churchill, 87000 Limoges
Website: Musee National Adrien Dubouche
2. Musee Beaux Arts
One of the things to do while in Limoges, France is to visit the Musee Beaux Arts. Housed within the Bishop’s Palace, this is considered as the best museum that can be found outside of Paris. For art lovers, its Renoir paintings are a feast for the eyes. There are stunning pieces of enamel, which are the pride of Limoges. A display of Egyptian artworks further makes a visit worth the small admission fee. Visitors are welcome from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Wednesday to Monday from April to September and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday to Saturday from October to March.
Musee Beaux Arts
Address: 1 Place de l Eveche, 87000 Limoges, France
Website: Musee Beaux Arts
3. Haviland, Pavillon de la Porcelaine
One of the best things to do in Limoges, France is to visit the Haviland Pavillon de la Porcelaine, the symbol of the golden era of the porcelain industry in France. Visitors can watch a film presentation that shows the process of creating the lovely porcelain pieces or shop for collector’s items that are on sale every day. It is easily accessible to tourists, admission is free and guests are welcome from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 to 6:30 pm from Monday to Saturday except in July and August, during which the Pavillon is open daily from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm.
Address: ZI Magré, 3 Avenue du Président John Kennedy, 87000 Limoges, France
Website: Haviland Pavillion
4. Église Saint-Pierre-du-Queyroix
Église Saint-Pierre-du-Queyroix is one of the oldest and most historical churches in France. It was built in the 13th and 15th centuries on the site where a very old Romanesque church used to stand. Guests consider the exterior not so remarkable but once they set their feet inside, they cannot help but stand in awe. The interior has high vaulted ceilings with gothic stained windows, the most notable of which is the rendition of the death and coronation of the Virgin Mary done by Jean Penicaud in 1510. Altarpieces in Baroque style and a 13th-century carved figure of Christ serve as the main attractions.
Address: 4 Rue Saint-Pierre, 87000 Limoges, France
5. Gare de Limoges
The Gare de Limoges has been considered as the most beautiful train station in Europe. From a distance, the dome that is part of the structure housing the Gare de Limoges looks like a part of the cathedral. Entering the station, one can see that the dome is above ten railway lines. The southern portion has a clock tower with four huge clocks. Constructed in a five-year span from 1924 to 1929, the Gare de Limoges proclaims the advances in transportation that Limoges has undergone.
Gare de Limoges
Address: 4, Place Maison Dieu, 87036 Limoges
Website: Gare de Limoges
6. Quartier de la Boucherie
Quartier de la Boucherie remains still medieval, despite the strides towards modernization that Limoges has taken throughout the years. Butcher shops line the streets just as they used to be during the ancient times. One of the best things to do is to visit in October and experience the “frairie des petits ventres”, an event held to showcase French cuisine, especially dishes made fro, tripe, the stomach of a cow, ox and other bovine. While strolling along the streets, a visit to the Saint Aurelian Chapel, the church built by the butchers, will complete the tour.
Quartier de la Boucherie
Address: 36 Rue de la Boucherie, 87000 Limoges, France
7. Jardin Botanique de l'Evêché
Nature lovers will find solace and joy at the Jardin Botanique de l'Evêché, a botanical garden that takes pride in its collection of more than 1,200 plants. They are categorized into medicinal plants, industrial and dye plants, aromatic plants, plants for condiments and food and for fodder. The garden has terraces with a terrific view of the Vienne River. This lovely botanical garden is close to the Saint-Etienne Cathedral, another place of interest in Limoges.
Jardin Botanique de l'Evêché
Address: 87000 Limoges, France
Website: Jardin Botanique de l'Evêché
8. Parc Zoo du Reynou
Give yourself and your kids a treat at the Parc Zoo du Reynou where you can enjoy wildlife. With 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) of paths in 45 hectares (111 acres) of land, you can take any of the five trails one at a time in this area, on which 600 animals representing 135 species and 5 continents live in their own habitat.
Parc Zoo du Reynou
Website: Parc Zoo du Reynou
Discover Limoges's rich heritage
Beautiful and historic places await you at Limoges, home of porcelain and world-renowned China that goes back many, many years. There are parks, zoos, and botanical gardens that will allow you to commune with nature. A day or more at Limoges will give you lots of experiences to keep in your memory and which you will love to share and reminisce about.