Fair to say that Limoges has always been good with its hands: First with its luxuriant painted enamels in the middle ages, and then later when the city became one of the world’s porcelain centres.
The Museum of Fine Arts and Adrien Dubouché will bring you face to face with this extraordinary legacy. Limoges’ Quartier du Château has pockets of enchanting history, like the Rue de la Boucherie, where the old butchers’ guild used to be, and Cour du Temple, a pretty renaissance courtyard.
Spend a day in the Episcopal City, lingering in the botanic gardens, looking over the Vienne River, perusing the Museum of Fine Arts and tip-toeing through the silent cathedral.
Lets explore the best things to do in Limoges:
1. Musée National Adrien Dubouché
Limoges is one of the world’s porcelain capitals and is the rightful home of France’s national museum for this craft.
The attraction is heaven for aficionados, with around 300,000 ceramic items, many of which are implausibly dainty.
The newly refurbished galleries chart the history of ceramics, with examples from all the main stages in its evolution.
So you can see a Yuan Dynasty plate from China and a renaissance earthenware bowl made in Italy in the 1500s.
The first pieces to be made in Limoges’ kilns are here, dating to the 1770s, and the exhibition of local porcelain goes all the way up to the avant-garde creations made by 21st designers.