What to do and see in Bourges, France: The Best Places and Tips

January 7, 2018 Vergie Nakamoto

Bourges in France, from Europe region, is best know for Architectural Buildings. Discover best things to do in Bourges with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Bourges

1. Cathedrale St-Etienne

Place Etienne-Dolet, Bourges, France +33 2 48 65 72 89
Excellent
75%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Cathedrale St-Etienne

Reviewed By Louis M - Naples, Italy

Of course cathedrals in France are a dime a dozen but this one has an incredible set of red-blue-purple painted and stained glass windows, plus a tomb and a tower to ascend. Check out the meridian if you are there at noon and set your watch by the sun on the floor.

2. Palais Jacques-Coeur

10 B rue Jacques Coeur, 18000 Bourges, France +33 2 48 24 79 42
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 595 reviews

Palais Jacques-Coeur

The “Grant’Maison” of Jacques Cœur, financier to king Charles VII, was built in the mid-15th century and is one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic civic architecture in France. The relatively unadorned western facade, built on the Gallo-Roman town walls, contrasts starkly with the richly decorated eastern facade overlooking the street. The Palais Jacques Cœur is a fine example of the Flamboyant style of the late Middle Ages and its attention to the comfort of the inhabitants prefigures the great residences of the Renaissance. Open: > 2nd May to 30th June: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6.15 p.m. > 1st July to 31st August: from 9.45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. > 1st to 30th April and 1st to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. > 1st October to 31st March: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. Last admission 1 hr before closing time. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

Reviewed By ulysses4 - Westfield, Massachusetts

Jacques Couer is a local historical citizen for which the city can be justly proud. The self guided tour of this lovely house is well worth taking. Creature comforts were hard to come by in the Middle Ages, but wealth and intelligence certainly helped. Unlike some palaces which seem cold and distant-one can easily imagine "a good life" here, filled with friends and celebrations. The short but thoughtful descriptions in each room, in multiple languages, captures the essence of each sector of the house. A very satisfying presentation.

3. Towers and Crypt of Bourges Cathedral

Place Etienne Dolet, 18000 Bourges, France +33 2 48 65 49 44
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 175 reviews

Towers and Crypt of Bourges Cathedral

The construction of the Cathedral of Bourges lasted from the 12th to 14th century. An outstanding example of architecture in terms of its dimensions, construction methods and beauty, the Cathedral also features a magnificent collection of stained glass windows which date from the 12th to 14th century. Cathedral designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > 2nd May to 30th June: from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. > 1st July to 31st August: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. > 1st October to 31st March: from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. > 1st to 30th April and from 1st to 30th September: from 9.45 a.m. to 1 1.45 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 30 min before closing time. Closed: > Sunday mornings. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

Reviewed By timtam73 - Lower Chittering, Australia

We enjoyed our visit to the Cathedral with the beautiful stained glass windows. We took the tour of the crypt and tower climb . The tour of the crypt was in French ,Mohicans we were informed of when we bought out tickets but were told that there was information leaflet in English for us. However it was difficult to follow because our guide did not point out in English what we were looking at and there was no numbering system to follow on the exhibits. The tower climb was about 400 steps only attempt if fit! The views were fabulous once up there.

4. Les Nuits Lumiere

Rue de Hemerettes, 18000 Bourges, France
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 297 reviews

Les Nuits Lumiere

Reviewed By ELBSeattle - Seattle, Washington

I have been in Bourges the past few days visiting a friend. He and I had dinner last night and walked through the town visiting the different spots of the 'Nuits Lumiere.' The slides are beautiful and inspiring, pairing with the Renaissance music (mostly choral) wonderfully. I highly recommend this magical and free event. PLEASE promise me you will be quiet and attentive, and allow everyone to enjoy the show. (No loud Americans allowed!)

5. Le Jardin de l'Archeveche

Rue de Hemerettes, 18000 Bourges, France
Excellent
41%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 215 reviews

Le Jardin de l'Archeveche

Reviewed By Shawn B - Brisbane, Australia

The Gardens surrounding the Cathedral are very tranquil and beautiful. Worth a visit if your stopping in at the Cathedral. You can spend between 10 mins - 30 mins enjoying the scenery and taking a few photos. The Gardens are located within the city, quite central and easy to get to. Suitable for all ages. I'd recommend a visit if you're in the area doing some sightseeing.

6. Jardin des Pres-Fichaux

Boulevard de la Republique, 18000 Bourges, France
Excellent
35%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4 based on 92 reviews

Jardin des Pres-Fichaux

Reviewed By Kimberly G - Anthem, Arizona

This garden is very nice. It's a short walk from everything in town. It has plenty of benches and lots of trees, flowers, and grass, all of which are beautifully landscaped. It has a small cafe and public toilets available. It's a nice place to spend a couple hours.

7. Office de Tourisme de Bourges

21 rue Victor Hugo, 18000 Bourges, France +33 2 48 23 02 60
Excellent
48%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
5%
Terrible
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4 based on 143 reviews

Office de Tourisme de Bourges

L'Office de tourisme Bourges Berry Tourisme vous accueil au pied de la cathedrale afin de vous orienter et vous informer sur notre belle ville et sur ses alentours . Bourges capitale du Berry ne cessera de vous surprendre par sa beaute et son patrimoine...

Reviewed By Carlos_R_888 - Brussels, Belgium

As we only had one full day in Bourges, we wanted to maximize our stay.
We explained our targets and the kind ladies at the Office de Tourisme made very appropriate recommendations.
We followed their precious advice and were more than happy.
We thank them hereby.

8. Musee des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France

Place Etienne Dolet, Bourges, France +33 2 48 57 82 45
Excellent
45%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 79 reviews

Musee des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France

Reviewed By Wilton2 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

A small but really good museum highlighting examples of work by those at the top of their trade e.g. carpenters, chefs, cabinet makers, plumbers, etc.
There is a small entry charge - from memory I think it was €4.
Really fascinating and interesting.
Situated next to the Cathedral.

9. Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Bourges

Allee Rene Menard | Les Rives d’Auron (Parc des Expositions), 18000 Bourges, France +33 2 48 65 37 34
Excellent
41%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
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Terrible
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Bourges

Le Muséum d’Histoire naturelle de Bourges a pour Mission de : - conserver, restaurer, étudier et enrichir les collections, - rendre les collections accessibles au public le plus large, - concevoir et mettre en œuvre des actions d’éducation et de diffusion visant à assurer l’égal accès de tous à la culture, - contribuer aux progrès de la connaissance et de la recherche ainsi qu’à leur diffusion. Le Muséum de Bourges est spécialisé dans l’étude des chauves-souris et a créé un centre de documentation spécifique pour répondre aux attentes nationales. Bourges accueille également, tous les deux ans, les Rencontres nationales « chauves-souris » de la Société Française pour l’Étude et la Protection des Mammifères. Le Muséum est ouvert Tous les jours : 14h00 - 18h00 Pendant les vacances 10h00 - 12h00 et 14h00 - 18h00

Reviewed By JPChanteloup - yvelines

Un musée très agréable à faire avec les enfants. Prévoir environ 2 heures.
Divers thèmes abordés, collection d'animaux, préhistoire, le corps humain, l'univers etc...

10. Musee du Berry

4 rue des Arenes, 18000 Bourges, France +33 2 48 70 41 92
Excellent
26%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 49 reviews

Musee du Berry

Reviewed By valandroy - Perth, Australia

In a really nice town, a good diversion from all the medievel town and buildings. Good display and free.

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