The Richard the Lion Heart Trail

Château de Pompadour

This sightseeing route named after the famous king who was mortally wounded in Châlus, takes you to the south west of the region. The trail is 180 km (112 miles) long and includes 19 sites which are also architectural masterpieces : the Castles of Nexon, Jumilhac, Montbrun, Brie, Coussac-Bonneval, Lastours, Châlus, Châlucet, Rochechouart, Les Cars,Pompadour, Saint Yrieix la Perche, Ségur-le-Château, Solignac's abbey, Limoges's cathedral, the churches in St Eutrope or Le Chalard...

Web : www.routerichardcoeurdelion.com (click on the UK flags for information in English)

Sédières castle in Corrèze

In the heart of a 130 hectare (321 acre) forest, near Clergoux, this elegant Renaissance style castle overlooks a remarkable site which greets renowned artists each year for a summer festival. Inside the castle, visit the guard room and its monumental stairway and the reception rooms with their impressive sculpted fireplaces.

Web : www.sedieres.fr

Boussac castle in Creuse

This castle was destroyed by the English during the Hundred Years’ War then rebuilt in the 15th century by Jean de Brosse, Joan of Arc’s companion. It is mainly known to have been the place where the six “The Lady and the Unicorn” tapestries were rediscovered by Prosper Mérimée in 1841. They were then sold to the owner of the Hôtel de Cluny museum, where they can still be seen today. Many tapestries are on display in this castle and the furniture is remarkable. Each summer, a contemporary tapestry exhibition is organized in the castle.

Web : www.tourisme-creuse.com

Villemonteix castle in Creuse

Villemonteix is one of Creuse's most beautiful and most remarkably restored castles. A collection of 16th - 18th century tapestries from Aubusson's Royal Factory are on display here. The castle's 300 year old lime tree also deserves to be mentionned.

Web : www.tourisme-creuse.com