Staying in Moulins

Moulins, Town of Art and History

Coming to visit the CNCS from far away, alone, as a couple or a group? Spend a weekend discovering the splendid town of Moulins and the Allier department combining its peaceful way of life and an exceptional cultural and architectural heritage.


During a stroll around the historical quarter of Moulins you will be able to visit the Mantin town house, a bourgeois’ eccentric 19th century house built on the ruins of the castle of the Dukes of Bourbon. A short distance away in the Cathedral, you will be overwhelmed by the Master of Moulins’ triptych, an altarpiece from the end of the Middle-Ages that is considered one of French painting’s finest works of art.

To end your day on a gourmand note, you will appreciate the style of a dinner at the Grand Café, one of France’s most beautiful 1900 brasseries with its Art Nouveau decoration. After a night at the hotel, your excursion can continue in the town center with a delightful Sunday stroll through the local produce market with its stalls well-stocked with all of the authentic local gastronomic specialties.

You may also discover the Chapel of the Visitation, with its magnificent recently-restored painted ceilings. There are many other museums to discover! The museum of the Visitation, the Anne-de-Beaujeu museum, the museum of Children’s Illustrations and the Building museum.

Why not simply take time to go for a pleasant stroll through the typical paved-stone streets of medieval Moulins, where you will find a mixture of timber-framed houses and bourgeois town houses and buildings that was once the capital of the Dukes of Bourbon and birthplace of French kings. It has been able to keep from its architecture of yesteryear an enchanting charm that is a reflection of the Allier.

…and the surrounding area

At the heart of France, the department of the Allier is a land of history that has been able to preserve its identity and its culture. Explore its heritage made up of powerful fortresses, enchanting keeps, and magnificent stately homes: the Allier department is second in France for the number of castles found there!

Many other splendid villages can be visited in the Allier where the art of fine living and fine eating is cultivated: the Clunisian city of Souvigny, once the necropolis of the Dukes of Bourbon, the spa town of Bourbon-l'Archambault, famous since the time of the Romains and still reputed today for the quality of its treatments, the ancient city of Charroux, famous for its medieval streets and delicious mustards, and many other beautiful villages.

In this land of contrast, you will appreciate the mosaic of landscapes: the superb national Tronçais forest designed by Colbert, the soft and bucolic wooded bourbonais countryside a paradise for fishermen and hunters, the vineyards of Saint-Pourçain and its superb AOC wine production, the rocky peaks and green valleys of the Bourbonnais Mountains, the Val d’Allier nature reserve, second French ornithological reserve after the Camargue, where we can stroll along one of the last wild rivers in Europe, observing 250 bird species and sumptuous flora.

Richness of its cultural heritage, beauty of its natural sites and an abundance of leisure and natural outdoor activities to try: welcome to the Allier !

You would like to organize your all inclusive stay to visit the CNCS from another town in France or create a made to measure stay including a visit to the CNCS, send your request to our marketing department at or telephone: 04 70 20 76 22

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