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Clermont Ferrand City CentreClermont-Ferrand

Formed when the ancient towns of Clermont and Montferrand combined, this is a city with lots of history and a bustling modern vibe.

Wander the charming historic center and port district of Clermont-Ferrand. When you visit the Romanesque basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Port, note the old-world feel as you cross the ramparts of the old town. Take a break in one of the many squares. Café Pascal in Place de la Victoire is a popular choice with locals. Then head on to Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral to admire this Gothic church made from local black lava rock.

After seeing the sights, treat yourself to some local produce at the covered St Pierre Market, close to the Place de Jaude. It’s open 6 days a week (closed Sundays) and packed with all the local produce you could hope for. Sample the Auvergne cheeses and cured meats as well as preserves, which are a particular specialty. Buy something to eat as you wander or enjoy a more leisurely lunch in one of the market’s brasseries.

If you fancy some afternoon culture, visit the well-regarded Natural History museum, Museum Henri Lecoq. It is Clermont-Ferrand’s oldest museum, and houses over 650,000 specimens and objects. Learn about everything from botany, zoology, geology and paleontology to the history of science and technology. It is open 6 days a week most of the year.

Alternatively, stop by L’Aventure Michelin (the Michelin Adventure), which tells the story of Clermont-Ferrand’s own Michelin tires. This is one of the city’s most highly rated tourist attractions. The museum examines the history of the rubber tire, as well as looking at its use, including in space travel. It’s an interactive experience with lots of exhibits that appeal to both adults and children. Reach it by tram from the city center to Stade Marcel-Michelin station.

To get around Clermont-Ferrand city center use the local tram, which will take you to most sites. Or if you are feeling more adventurous, the city has around 50 miles (80 kilometers) of bicycle lanes that run alongside the tram. City bikes are available to rent at over 40 locations. Grab yourself a rental point map from the Tourist Information Office in Place de la Victoire.


Popular places to visit in Clermont Ferrand City Centre

Place de Jaude
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Place de Jaude

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Visit one of Clermont-Ferrand’s major squares. Come in the daytime to enjoy its cosmopolitan feel and take in the sights, including statues of French heroes.

Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral
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Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral

5/5(13 reviews)

Built entirely from black lava stone, this imposing Gothic cathedral stands on a hill in the city center, facing toward the Puy de Dôme volcano. 

Vercingétorix Statue
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Vercingétorix Statue

In the Place de Jaude is a monument to France’s original Gallic hero, a statue created by the same sculptor behind the Statue of Liberty. 

Notre Dame du Port
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Notre Dame du Port

Considered one of the Auvergne region’s best examples of Romanesque architecture, this magnificent church draws thousands of visitors each year.

Jardin Lecoq
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Jardin Lecoq

In the center of Clermont-Ferrand is a green space perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of the streets. Relax here with a book after a hearty lunch. 

Puy de Dome
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Puy de Dome

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Although it’s not the Auvergne region’s highest summit, this dormant lava dome is its most iconic. Join the thousands of hikers who visit every year.

Top things to do in Clermont Ferrand City Centre

Vulcania Theme Park
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Vulcania Theme Park

$28
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
1/2 day rental mtb electric
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1/2 day rental mtb electric

$31
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Top Hotels in Clermont Ferrand City Centre

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Citotel Dav'hotel Jaude
Citotel Dav'hotel Jaude
10 Rue Des Minimes, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
The price is $64 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in Clermont Ferrand City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Musee du Ranquet and Place de Jaude. Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral and Musee Bargoin ...

4.2/5Excellent! (108 reviews)
My stay at Dav'hotel Jaude(Dec 6 to Dec 09)

"My stay was good. Staff were very Professional and evironment clean. The heater in my was not working well but when i reported to the Lady at the front desk, she immediately brought a moveable one and plugged it rightaway in my room. I thought it an Execellent Customer Service act. Security at the ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Citotel Dav'hotel Jaude
Hôtel Le Lion
Hôtel Le Lion
3 out of 5
16, place De Jaude, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
The price is $75 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Clermont Ferrand City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Musee du Ranquet and Place de Jaude. Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral and Musee Bargoin ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (324 reviews)
Hotel Le Lion

"Very good, in the centre of town. I wasn't there long enough to say much more. I arrived late Sunday night and left early Monday morning."…"

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Hôtel Le Lion
Artyster Clermont-Ferrand
Artyster Clermont-Ferrand
3 out of 5
6 Rue Sainte Rose, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
The price is $64 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 18

Located in Clermont Ferrand City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Musee du Ranquet and Place de Jaude. Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral and Notre Dame ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (15 reviews)
A nice cozy hotel

"Room was clean and functional, we liked the decor, very good location"…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2019

Artyster Clermont-Ferrand
Chill & Work
Chill & Work
16 Rue Breschet, ETAGE 1, Clermont-Ferrand
The price is $58 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Located in Clermont Ferrand City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Musee Lecoq and Place de Jaude. Musee Bargoin and Blaise Pascal ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Idéalement placé

"L’appartement est idéalement placé en plein centre, parfait pour visiter la ville, tous les transports en commun à 2 pas de la porte."…"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

Chill & Work
Esprit Cathedral Studio
Esprit Cathedral Studio
Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
The price is $46 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6

Located in Clermont Ferrand City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Musee Bargoin and Place de Jaude. Musee Lecoq and Clermont-Ferrand ...

Esprit Cathedral Studio
the Ideal Apartment - Downtown
the Ideal Apartment - Downtown
Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
The price is $101 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6

Located in Clermont Ferrand City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Musee Bargoin and Place de Jaude. Musee Lecoq and Clermont-Ferrand ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Great flat

"This is a lovely flat, beautifully decorated, in a wonderful location - and the host was great"…"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

the Ideal Apartment - Downtown

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Jardin Lecoq featuring a river or creek and a bridge

Sablon - Trudaine

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Sablon - Trudaine and surrounding area, you can visit Place de Jaude and Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral.

Sablon - Trudaine
Montjuzet Park featuring landscape views and a city

Montjuzet

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Montjuzet and surrounding area, you can visit Place de Jaude and Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral.

Montjuzet



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