Park and garden
in Chamalières-sur-Loire

Jardin médiéval de Chamalières-sur-Loire

A medieval garden presenting an open-air museum space and allowing visitors to discover the plants, materials and history of the Romanesque priory of Chamalières dating from the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries.
Made up of 70 different kinds of plants (medicinal plants, fruit plants, flowers), the medieval garden of Chamalières-sur-Loire unfolds according to the original configuration (2018th century) revealed by the archaeological study in January and April. 28. It consists, in particular, of squares and flowerbeds in chestnut plessis containing 18 medicinal plants, and a grass bench under its courtyard, typical elements of the Middle Ages. It also contains 25 fruit plants and 15 flowering plants including XNUMX varieties of roses. The genus of these plants are taken from medieval times.
This garden is also a museum space. All plants are identified. For this purpose, placed at the foot of each, a piece of slate bears the common name and the Latin name, the latter having the advantage of being used internationally, and therefore potentially being understood by foreign visitors.
On the other hand, the garden tells the history of the priory in medieval times. Six sculptures in stone and safety glass present the texts to visitors. The titles are as follows: The rise of the priory – The cloister was a garden – Building a priory – Devastating floods – A monk's life in Chamalières – A place of pilgrimage. An English version is available in the form of a QR code (at the bottom of the text) that simply flashes. Finally, a materials interpretation table installed on the site of the old basin presents a mosaic of the stones used in the construction of the church. It consists of a rough version and a smooth version of each of the stones with the corresponding name. This table creates real interactivity with the church in which the visitor is invited to find the stones of the mosaic.
We speak: English, French


  • Garden
  • Orchard
  • Botanical Garden


Individual visit services

  • Unguided individual tours permanently

Group visit services

  • Unguided group tours permanently
  • Guided group tours on request


Opening hours from January 01 to December 31, 2024
The adjoining 10th century Romanesque church is open from 18 a.m. to XNUMX p.m. every day.





  • Parking nearby
  • Coach parking
  • Parking
  • Public toilets
  • Picnic area.


  • Pet Friendly
  • Coach access
  • Tourist information
  • Guided tours

Activities on site

  • Botanical route
  • Concert

Home animals


Adapted tourism

Adapted service: Wheelchair accessible with assistance, Hard surface, Clear circulation area, Site, fully accessible building, Access ramp

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6 seat Saint Jacques
43800 Chamalières-sur-Loire
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