Saint Bonnet le Château, Characterful village


Walk through the cobbled streets of the historic district and discover its 15th and 16th century bourgeois houses, then climb up to the Collegiate Church to admire an exceptional panorama; from the plain of Forez to the Massif Central, the Pilat and the Alps.


Combing(Putting on) majestically a headland richeux of the south point(headland) of the mounts of Forez, Saint-Bonnet-le-Château enjoys an exceptional panorama which extends of the plain of Forez in Massif Central, in Pilat and in the Alps.
This châtellenie comtale former(old) kept(preserved) a part(party) of the surrounding wall(speaker) of the strengthened village and aligns, along its paved alleys, bourgeois and aristocratic houses of the XVth and XVIth centuries.
The collegiate church, of Gothic style (at the beginning XVè-XVIème centuries) is remarkable by its scale and its sobriety.
Murals of an exceptional scale, executed near 1425, decorate the high church and the crypt.
St Bonnet-le-Château is also the cradle of the ball of steel and the exclusive place of manufacturing of the famous ball OBUT.


  • Public WC
  • Exhibition space
  • Book shop
  • Car park
  • Orientation board
  • Coach parking


  • Educational visits
  • Coach access
  • Set down on-site for groups
  • Tourist brochures
  • Tourist information
  • Guided tours


Free access.

Opening period

All year round, daily.

Spoken languages

  • English English
  • French French

Good deals

  • Tips : Several possibilities of visiting the Village of character of Saint-Bonnet-le-Château:
    - Guided tours of the city by guides her(it) official - including the Collegiate church
    - Free visits thanks to a guide of "paper" visit to be removed from the tourist office or from the Collegiate church
    - Visits audio-told


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Saint Bonnet le Château, Characterful village Le Bourg 42380 Saint-Bonnet-le-Château 04 77 50 52 42