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Clermont-Ferrand
Travel Guide

At nearly two thousand years old, Clermont-Ferrand, the former capital of the Arverni people, is a city full of history, as evidenced by the impressive statue of Vercingetorix on horseback which overlooks Place de Jaude. Situated in the centre of an ancient chain of volcanoes, it also offers lovely walks with breathtaking views.

But there's much more to Clermont-Ferrand than that! Rugby fans, art lovers, foodies... the department of Puy-de-Dôme has something to offer every visitor. The city has a traditional, but decidedly modern charm and is the beating heart of the Auvergne region, where nature and culture come together.

Did you know, Clermont-Ferrand was formed when two towns, Clairmont and Montferrand, were merged? Nowadays, the historic centre of Montferrand has been preserved and is one of the oldest in France. In the city centre, you'll find the impressive Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Cathedral, a magnificent Gothic structure built in lava stone over almost seven centuries. A few streets away from the cathedral is the iconic Place de Jaude and its statues of General Desaix by Nanteuil and Vercingetorix. The recently renovated Opéra-Théâtre also provides an opportunity to indulge in a bit of culture.

When it comes to culture, Clermont-Ferrand can certainly hold its own with its many museums. You'll be able to choose between fine art, with the Musée d’art Roger Quilliot (the MARQ), housed in the former 17th-century Ursuline convent, and the Espace Art Roman with its stunning stained glass windows; natural history with the Muséum Henri-Lecoq; and contemporary art with La Tôlerie, FRAC Auvergne and its 650 works by famous artists, and the hôtel Fontreyde and its photography exhibitions.

Lovers of sport and the great outdoors will also find plenty to do; the city is home to the famous rugby team ASM Clermont Auvergne and you can shout the team on at the Marcel-Michelin stadium. Finally, it's impossible to visit the region without scaling the Puy du Dôme, the legendary volcano from which the department gets its name. From on high you'll have a stunning view over the Chaîne des Puys and the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park, which you can explore on foot or by bicycle, or even from above in a hot air balloon.

Clermont-Ferrand is easy to get to by train, being less than two hours from Lyon and four hours from Paris, or by air from London. The city itself is easy to get around by bicycle, or by bus and tram.

Where to stay in Clermont-Ferrand

Top hotels in Clermont-Ferrand

Appart'City Clermont Ferrand Centre
Appart'City Clermont Ferrand Centre
3 out of 5
46 Boulevard Pasteur, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
The price is £47 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar

Located in Blatin, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Musee Bargoin and Place de Jaude. Musee Lecoq and Musee du Ranquet are also within 15 minutes. Clermont ...

3.4/5 (534 reviews)
avoidable

"uncomfortable. Poor wifi"…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2019

Appart'City Clermont Ferrand Centre
Mercure Clermont Ferrand Centre Jaude
Mercure Clermont Ferrand Centre Jaude
4 out of 5
1 Avenue Julien, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
The price is £79 per night from 3 Apr to 4 Apr

Located in Blatin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Musee du Ranquet and Place de Jaude. Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral and Musee Bargoin are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (263 reviews)

"The hotel was nice and it is very close to the centre of Clermont-Ferrand. The parking being so close to the hotel was very convenient as well. The only drawback that I would say is that the pillows are very uncomfortable so we did not sleep particularly well."…"

Reviewed on 7 Sep 2020

Mercure Clermont Ferrand Centre Jaude
Séjours et Affaires Clermont Ferrand Park Republique
Séjours et Affaires Clermont Ferrand Park Republique
2 out of 5
117 Avenue De La Republique, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
The price is £40 per night from 28 Mar to 29 Mar

Located in the heart of Clermont-Ferrand, this residence is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from L'Aventure Michelin and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Place de Jaude. ASM Experience ...

3.9/5Good! (141 reviews)
Very basic, very poor.

"Very, very basic accomodation. Reception closes at 5pm, so it's self check- in for most. For me, I couldn't open the front door as the passcode didn't work. Another couple couldn't get their keys as they had been given the wrong safe combination. The internet didn't work at all during the stay. As ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2019

Séjours et Affaires Clermont Ferrand Park Republique
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Clermont-Ferrand

Appart'City Clermont Ferrand Centre
Appart'City Clermont Ferrand Centre
3 out of 5
46 Boulevard Pasteur, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
The price is £47 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar

Located in Blatin, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Musee Bargoin and Place de Jaude. Musee Lecoq and Musee du Ranquet are also within 15 minutes. Clermont ...

3.4/5 (534 reviews)
avoidable

"uncomfortable. Poor wifi"…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2019

Appart'City Clermont Ferrand Centre
Séjours et Affaires Clermont Ferrand Park Republique
Séjours et Affaires Clermont Ferrand Park Republique
2 out of 5
117 Avenue De La Republique, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome
The price is £40 per night from 28 Mar to 29 Mar

Located in the heart of Clermont-Ferrand, this residence is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from L'Aventure Michelin and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Place de Jaude. ASM Experience ...

3.9/5Good! (141 reviews)
Very basic, very poor.

"Very, very basic accomodation. Reception closes at 5pm, so it's self check- in for most. For me, I couldn't open the front door as the passcode didn't work. Another couple couldn't get their keys as they had been given the wrong safe combination. The internet didn't work at all during the stay. As ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2019

Séjours et Affaires Clermont Ferrand Park Republique
Les Lauréades
Les Lauréades
9 Rue Giscard de la Tour Fondue, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome

Located in Blatin, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Musee Bargoin and Place de Jaude. Musee du Ranquet and Musee Lecoq are also within 10 minutes. Clermont ...

3.7/5Good! (527 reviews)
On a tight budget

"A cheap budget aparthotel right in the commercial centre. It is basic, but clean. Its location does mean there are a few beggars and homeless right outside. It is what it is a cheap but clean and reasonably comfortable place to stay."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2020

Les Lauréades
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Clermont-Ferrand

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19 Nov 2019

A nice place to visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Oct 2019

Pay du Dome must see

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Oct 2019

Interesting historical town with a very walkable central area. Lots of good places to eat. A lot of graffiti particularly high up on properties which rather spoiled the effect of some of the attractive old buildings.

4/5 - Good

Ian

11 Jul 2019

I felt the selection of food available wasn't what I expected.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Apr 2019

Would recommend the Hotel and will go back again when in Clermont Ferrand.

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