A selection taken from

Creuse Tourist Board

COMITE DEPARTEMENTAL DU TOURISME DE LA CREUSE
43 pl Bonnyaud BP 243
23005 GUERET CEDEX

TEL: 0033(0)5 55 51 93 23
FAX: 0033(0)5 55 51 05 20
E-mail: tourisme-creuse@cg23.fr
Web site: www.tourisme-creuse.com

Art and Heritage

Tapestry

Aubusson Departmental Tapestry Museum
16th Century Weaver’s House
Manufacture St Jean (Tapestry production and restoration)
Felletin – Ateliers Pinton (Tapestry production and restoration)
Other towns – Galleries and workshops

Painting

Crozant – Medieval castle ruins, Artists’ Gîte (Gîte de France)

Fresselines – Painters of the Valley of the Creuse Artistic Centre
Vassivière – National Centre of Art and the Landscape
Other towns – Galleries and workhops.

Sculpting

Masgot – Sculpted village

Pottery

Cheniers – Pouligny Tile Makers (collection of working kilns)

Villemonteix
Villemonteix L. Oliver CDT23

Castles and Estates

Ahun – Château de Chantmille (15th century Marche castle)
Boussac – Château (12th & 15th century and were Georges Sands stayed)
Chénerailles – Château de Villemonteix (15th century still lived in)
Gentioux-Pigerolles – Village de Pallier (collection of listed buildings and medieval garden)
Nouaille – Domaine de Banizette (collection of 15th century rural architecture)

Abbeys and Notable Churches

Ahun & Moutier d’Ahun – Roman church (impressive wood carvings) Roman bridge
Bénévent l’Abbaye – Roman abbey
Bétête – Cistercian abbey (12th and 18th century)
Bourganeuf – Medieval collection
Chambon-sur-Voueize – Benedictine abbey (One of the most impressive structures in Limousin)
La Souterraine – Medieval town
Sous-Parsat – Church (contemporary frescoes)
Toulx-Ste-Croix – Church (11th century)

Museums

Bourganeuf – Museum of Electrification (Bourganeuf was one of the first towns to have electricity in France)
Guéret – Archeology Museum and collection of impressionist paintings including Armand Guillaumin
Boussac – Berry-Marche Rural Museum

Other Interests

Antique shops and annual markets, bric-a-brac and annual village fairs. Cinemas, discos, night clubs, pubs, tea rooms and the only casino in Limousin.

Arts and crafts

Jewellery making, iron-smithing, engraving leather, wool production (from sheep, goats, rabbits), painting on wood and silk, cabinet making and stained glass window making.

Nature

Fishing

39 public and 10 private lakes
4 fishing centres
Vassivière-en-Limousin (1000 hectares, fishing school, 3 guides)
with guides – Pêche Evasion (fishing school, 2 guides), Evasion Pêche aux 3 Lacs (fishing school, equipment rental, accommadtion),Club Mouche (fishing school and lodge)

Spa

Evaux-les-Bains Only hot spring spa and casino in Limousin

Natural Sites

Azérables – Lake and bird reserve
Budelière – Gold mining village, forest reserve, suspended bridge over River Tardes
Guéret – Forest with unusual granite formations
Tourbière de Frialouse – Peat reserve
Toulx-Ste-Croix – Massive granite formations

Animal Parks

Guéret – Wolves in their natural habitat
Azat-Châtenat – Reindeer
Thaurion – Bison farm

Parks and Gardens

Spring Flowers
Spring Flowers – Pierre Desheraud © CDT 23

Aubusson – Herb and rose garden
Crozant – 7 small gardens created around typical Creuse houses Arboretum
Gentioux-Pigerolles – Large and well stocked garden
Guéret – Giant maze
Moutier-Malcard Wild and organic garden
Nouaille – Traditional 17th century garden

Sport and Leisure Activities

Walking Guides and Organisations

CPIE – Year round walking organisation
CDRP – Departmental organisation
CD-UFOLEP – Organised outings on foot, by mountain or road bike
Pays’Ane – Walking trips accompanied by a donkey
36 local private and public organisations
19 gîtes or hostels adapted for walkers

Horse Riding
Horse Riding

Horse Riding

24 stables and riding schools
30 gîtes or hostels able to take horses
2 organisations for promoting and training pulling horses

Cycling

Espace VTT – 473 kms, 25 marked trails, 2 downhill trails, mountain bike school, equipment rental.
Bas d’Activité VTT – 8 trails, accommodation
11 cycling associations
13 rental points

Water Sport Lakes

Lakes with monitered swimming areas and many with other activities and amenities ( pedalos, tennis, volleyball, petanque, sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, camping)

Anzème
Azérables
Bourg-d’Hem
Bussière-Dunoise
Champagant
Châtelus-Malvaleix
Châtelus-le-Marcheix
Chénérailles
Crozant
Flayat
Guéret
Jouillat
La Souterraine
Vassivière

Swimming Pools

Aubusson – Covered in winter, open in summer
Evaux les Bains- Covered, sauna, weight training room, steam room
Guéret – Covered
Marsac – Open air
Soumans – Open Air
La Souterraine – Covered

Canoe and Kayak

Aubusson – Rafting, lessons, equipment rental
Kayak Club Marchois – Swimming, lessons, river descending, equipment rental

Underwater Diving

Forêt de Temple Regional diving centre

Tennis

59 covered and open air courts

Climbing

Guéret – Interior and exterior climbing, lessons, moniters, equipment rental
Pays de Trois Lacs – Marked trails

Golf & Mini-Golf

Bourganeuf – 9 holes, putting green, training bunkers and nets
Aubusson, Jarnages, – Mini-golf
Chénérailles, Guéret,
Evaux-les-Bains,
Royère-de-Vassivière,
Toulx-St-Croix

Archery

Bourganeuf
Châtelus-le-Marcheix
Centre de Tir de Margnat – Olympic standard, hunting trails, etc.

Aerial Hobbies

Boussac – Air baptism
Guéret – Parapent
Lépaud – Aerodrome, gliding and flying lessons
St-Laurent – Aerodrome, gliding and flying lessons, flights over the department, parachuting

Motor Sports

Ahun – Mini-motorbike school
Aubusson – Driving school and cross-country
Budelière – Mini-motorbikes
Vassivière – 4X4, motorbikes, quads

Astronomy and the Circus

Observatoire Planétarium des Monts de Guéret
Vallière – Circus lessons and workshops

Le Celle Dunoise
La Celle Dunoise

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