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To know before you go in Orleans !

Discover the centre of France and stay in a city with a rich historic past!  With family or friends, enjoy compelling tourist attractions in the city of Orleans. 

With an urban area of more than 400,000 inhabitants, Orleans is the capital of the Loiret department in the Centre region.  

Take a step back in time and relive major events in the history of France, in Orleans

An exceptional historical heritage

It is difficult to dissociate Orleans from the History of France!  The city is obviously related to Joan of Arc who saved France from English invasion in 1429.

Main monuments to visit during a stay in Orleans: 

Sainte-Croix Cathedral, Gothic style and built in the 7th century.              

Groslot Hotel, built by Jacques Groslot in the Renaissance and became the City Hall after the Revolution.                 

Sainte-Aignan Crypt, built by King Robert Le Pieux.                 

Saint-Pierre-le-Puellier Collegiate Church, the oldest preserved church in Orleans. 


Orleans is also a museum city with: 
- The Museum of Fine Arts
- La Maison de Jeanne d'Arc (rediscover the history of the most famous Maid of France) 
- The Museum of Natural Science (fun and interactive exhibitions)

- Orleans Historical and Archaeological Museum

Things to do in Orléans

There are many parks and gardens in Orleans and they are an invitation to walk (Parc Floral de la Source, Jardin des Plantes, Parc Lours Pasteur...). 

Enjoy the route "La Loire à vélo" (800 km of trails) to go on a bike ride in a natural, invigorating and relaxing environment. 

Discover Orleans’ forest and its 50,000 hectares which make it the largest national forest in France.  The forest mainly shelters deer and osprey. 


Tourist Office :

2 place de l'Etape - 45000 ORLEANS

Telephone : 33 (0)2 38 24 05 05

Town Hall :

1 place de l'Etape - 45000 ORLEANS

Telephone : 33 (0)2 38 79 22 22

Hospital :

1 rue Porte Madeleine - 45000 ORLEANS

Telephone : 33 (0)2 38 51 44 44

Library Maurice-Genevoix :

1 place Pierre Minouflet - 45000 ORLEANS

Telephone : 33 (0)2 38 68 44 52

Museum of Fine Arts :

1,rue Fernand Rabier - 45000 ORLEANS

Telephone : 33(0)2 38 79 21 66

History Museum :

1 square Abbé Desnoyers - 45000 ORLEANS

Telephone : 33(0)2 38 79 25 60

Museum of Natural Science :

6 rue Marcel Proust - 45000 ORLEANS

Telephone : 33(0)2 38 54 61 05

Guests staying at the Brit Hotels in Orléans will be:

    62 km from Blois
    116 km from Tours 
    130 km from Sancerre