Top 10 Things to do in Thiers, France

April 1, 2018 Jeremy Dunfee

Discover the best top things to do in Thiers, France including L'Atelier le Thiers, Musee de la Coutellerie, Vallee des Rouets, le moulin bleu, Eglise Saint-Genes, Maison de l'aventure industrielle Usine du May, Le Creux de L'enfer, Centre D'art Contemporain, Atelier Perceval, Chateau De La Chassaigne, Eglise Saint-Symphorien du Moutier.
Restaurants in Thiers

1. L'Atelier le Thiers

2 rue Alexandre Dumas, 63300 Thiers, France +33 9 80 31 30 21
Excellent
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5 based on 99 reviews

L'Atelier le Thiers

-Our medieval city of Auvergne is the capital of the French cutlery since more than seven (six) hundred years. -The LE THIERS® knife that you are going to mount with our animators INSERFAC is the culmination of this know-how. (Knowledge) -It was created and deposited in 1994 by the confrerie du couteau LE THIERS®. -Your knife mounted, we invite you to go to the tourist office and the museum of cutlery to -deepen your knowledge.

Reviewed By Danielle E - Slimbridge, United Kingdom

Thiers is the capital of cutlery. Everywhere you turn there is a shop selling a huge range. This workshop is something different. You get the chance to make your own knife (children can make a butter knife) in just over an hour. Two people work with one craftsman who guides you through every step. Some steps are complicated and he completes those. But at the end you feel you've really achieved something. It is well worth 25 euros (8 euros for the butter knife for children) Highly recommended.
You can just pop in and watch for no charge.

2. Musee de la Coutellerie

Rue de la Coutellerie, 63300 Thiers, France +33 4 73 80 58 86
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4.5 based on 177 reviews

Musee de la Coutellerie

Reviewed By crobson58 - Oundle, United Kingdom

Thought this was going to be dull and geeky but it was really interesting. Demonstrations of how knives were made, excellent explanation of the processes and a real feel for the people who worked in this skilled yet incredibly hard industry. Some beautiful pieces to look at in the museum and then a wander round the town of Thiers which, despite being a tired and shabby in places, is absolutely gorgeous with more fabulous buildings than you can shake a stick at. You WILL want to buy a knife, even if it's just a little pen knife for cutting your cheese on those long drives through France!

3. Vallee des Rouets

Chateau Gaillard, Thiers, France +33 4 73 80 58 86
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

Vallee des Rouets

Reviewed By Xeni25 - Geneva, Switzerland

You can explore this factory-lined "valley" on foot or get eloquent glimpses from the road. The road is lined with abandoned once-proud old mills, ateliers, auberges, and old houses. Trees grow inside the crumbling brick-walled factories, and out their windows. Makes you wonder what people of the future will think of our industrial architecture.

4. le moulin bleu

Chemin de l'Ancienne Gare, 63300 Thiers, France +33 4 73 80 08 16
Excellent
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

le moulin bleu

Reviewed By Débo R

J’ai reçu pour mon anniversaire un bon cadeau pour un repas dansant dans ce cabaret et j’ai adoré ! Le repas est très bon, le spectacle est en deux parties et on en prend pleins les yeux. Les costumes sont magnifiques, le show est en direct avec des vrais chanteurs et danseuses. Un endroit où je retournerais car on s’amuse vraiment.

5. Eglise Saint-Genes

Thiers, Thiers, France
Excellent
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4 based on 22 reviews

Eglise Saint-Genes

Reviewed By MILOUW - New York City, New York

This Roman Church sits in the Old section of Thiers. It is in the Roman style and has been heavily restored.

6. Maison de l'aventure industrielle Usine du May

83 avenue Joseph Claussat, 63300 Thiers, France +33 4 73 80 44 59
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Maison de l'aventure industrielle Usine du May

Reviewed By Danielle E - Slimbridge, United Kingdom

All along the river in Thiers are derelict factories, the Usine du May has been rescued from a similar fate and shows how the machinery used to be run per-electricity by the force of the river.
The young chap on the desk spent a long time with us sharing with us with his passion for the museum ensuring we understood how to use the various multimedia presentations. He also explained that France is only now appreciating its industrial past
On the 2nd floor you can discover some if Thiers industries today
There's currently an exhibition on the Beatles - link is Liverpool's industrial past
Our tip:
If you visit the Cutlery Museum you'll get a discount on entry

7. Le Creux de L'enfer, Centre D'art Contemporain

85 avenue Joseph Claussat | Vallee des Usines, 63300 Thiers, France +33 4 73 80 26 56
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4 based on 16 reviews

Le Creux de L'enfer, Centre D'art Contemporain

Reviewed By g99fr - Puteaux

Accroché à la montagne abrupte, telle une bernique sur son rocher, cette ancienne usine est située au pied de Thiers juste au-dessus d'un Torrent vif et bruyant en perpétuelle effervescence. On le franchit par une passerelle pour entrer dans le lieu.
Un rdc vaste et spacieux, bordé de grandes fenêtres d'atelier constitue un endroit idéal pour les grands formats. On monte ensuite au premier pour pénétrer dans des espaces plus fragmentés et mais néanmoins très spacieux.
Ajoutez cela une programmation audacieuse, tant nationale qu'internationale.
Je me souviens des planches de Kawamata venant déstructurer les espaces (on retrouvera ensuite ses perchoirs de bois chez Kamel Mennour, à Beaubourg ou encore sur les rives de Saône à Lyon).
Il y a eu aussi le mystérieux et mélancolique Djamel Tatah, l'impressionnant Mounir Fatmi avec skylines bouillonantes en K7 VHS.
Plus récemment, l'énigmatique et percutant portraitiste américain Matt Bollinger et cette année une narration poétique locale de Damien Cabanes, très marqué par Rothko.
Un lieu magique à visiter, revisiter, rere….(etc..)

8. Atelier Perceval

20 avenue des Etats Unis, 63300 Thiers, France +33 4 73 80 19 19
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5 based on 7 reviews

Atelier Perceval

Reviewed By Georges B - Dudelange, Luxembourg

J'ai visité l'atelier Perceval lors de la Coutellia. C'est bien une manufacture avec env. 6 coutelliers, qui font de bons couteaux!!! Ils ne sont pas donnés, mais beaux, innovatifs, et ils coupent. Certainement un des coutelliers les plus intéressants à Thiers, bienqu'ils y en a d'autres. Vaut l'arrêt et le détour.

9. Chateau De La Chassaigne

Avenue de la Premiere Armee, 63300 Thiers, France
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Chateau De La Chassaigne

Reviewed By ghberno - Vichy, France

Petit château à découvrir ! Un peu caché mais il n est pas inintéressant ! Une émission dans "silence ça pousse" lui a été consacré ! Petits moyens mais beaucoup de bonne volonté !

10. Eglise Saint-Symphorien du Moutier

2 av de la Liberation de Thiers, 63300 Thiers, France
Excellent
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3.5 based on 5 reviews

Eglise Saint-Symphorien du Moutier

Reviewed By Cécile C - Thiers, France

Jolie petite église bien restaurée et bien entretenue. Toute mignonne avec quelques particularités architecturales. Un joli décor pour un mariage !

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