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21 rue Victor Hugo Bourges

Tel:+33 (0)2 48 23 02 60
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Bourges is known for its Cathedrale St-Etienne (the widest Gothic cathedral in France).  It is said to replicate Notre-Dame in Paris with its stunning stained glass window and astronomical clock. 

Bourges is also the birthplace of Jacques Coeur who seemingly has a street named after him in almost every town in France.  He was finance minister to Charles VII and made his fortune as an arms dealer, market trader and shipping magnate.  His family motto 'A vaillan coeur, rien possible' or 'to a valiant heart, nothing is impossible' sits above the Palais Jacques Coeur, heralded as a Gothic masterpiece.

Today, Bourges is a thriving student town with lots happening culturally.  You'll find numerous art exhibitions, concerts and good restaurants in its network of cobbled streets with the spring festival of music becoming increasingly popular.

What to See - Bourges Attractions

Le Jardin de L'Hotel de Ville
Bourges 18000
stretching out at the foot of the cathedral these gardens have two distinct areas of differing design

Le Musee des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France
Place Etienne Dolet, Bourges 18000
a museum dedicated to artisans and tradesmen (a new trade is focused on during the summer exhibition that takes place on the ground floor)
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Not Mons & Sun am | Tel: +33 (0)2 48 57 82 45

Le Musee du Berry
4 rue des Arenes, Bourges 18000
archaeological collections and local artefacts that provide an interesting insight into Berry customs and traditions
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Not Tue & Sun am | Tel: +33 (0)2 48 57 81 15

Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs
6 rue Bourbonnoux, Bourges 18000
French style furniture & tapestries on display here
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Not Mons & Sun am | Tel: +33 (0)2 48 57 81 17

Le Musee Esteve
13 rue Edouard Branly, Bourges 18000
presents the works of Maurice Estève (1904-2001)
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 48 24 75 38

Le museum d'Histoire Naturelle
Parc Saint Paul, Bourges 18000
a natural history museum and centre for research on bats
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 48 65 37 34

Marais de Bourges
Northern tip of town, Bourges 18000
acres of gardens crossed by canals that used to form the town's natural defense - flat bottomed boats still used by market gardeners

Le Jardin des Prés-Fichaux
Bourges 18000
if art-deco appeals head to these beautiful gardens set along the river Yevre - also home to an open air theatre

Cathedrale St-Etienne
Place Etienne Dolet, Bourges 18000
a Gothic gem designed by Henry de Sully in 1195
| Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 48 65 49 44

Palais Jacques Coeur
Rue Jacques Coeur, Bourges 18000
a guided tour of the Jacques Coeur palace takes in a chamber that housed Turkish baths
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 48 20 16 85