Days Out: Correze (19)

Arboretum de Chamberet
More than 7ha of protected parkland with peat bogs, ponds, reed beds, bamboo plantations and heathland. Discover more than 150 species of plants and trees. Animal park, swing golf and boules pitch. Chamberet (19).
Canal des Moines
A canal 1.5km long built by the monks to feed water to the monastery for drinking and to irrigate the garden and work the three watermills. It shows the techniques the monks used to divert water from the River Coiroux to the monastery. Aubazine (19).
Chateau du Turenne
Perched high up on a hill with panoramic views from les Monts dAuvergne in the east to les Marches du Midi Toulousain in the south, the chateau dates back to 12th century. Open every day 1st April-30th October. Turenne (19).
Gouffre de la Fage
Set in woods, 25m deep underground discover a multitude of mineral shapes and colours and deposits paleontological. Also, depending on the season there is a colony of bats. Open from April-October. Noailles (19).
Musee Marius Vazeilles
Situated in a former benedictine abby, a museum dedicated to the history of the Plateau de Millevaches with collections of prehistoric tools, household goods and utensils, instruments and clothing. Abbaye St-Andre, Meymac (19).
Lac du Coiroux
A park of 165 hectares with a large lake. Many activities including swimming, tennis, petanque, football, fishing, and volley-ball. Picnic areas and childrens adventure playground. Also 18 and 9 hole golf courses and driving range. Aubazine (19).
Les Jardins de Colette
Contemporary flower garden covering 5ha near the the Chateau of Castel Novel where the writer Colette lived. The planting pays homage to her great love of nature. There is also a maze for children, a tea room and a boutique. La Chassagne, Varetz (19).
Accro-branches suitable for all the family from 3 years up. An acrobatic journey through the trees or on the ground by foot or on bikes and with routes suitable for handicapped people. St-Antoine-les-Plantades, Donzenac (19).
Musee de LHomme Neandertal
Site where the remains of a Neandertal man was discovered dating back 45,000 years. Vsist the museum and discover his way of life and the mystery of how he died. Open April-November 14:30-18:00 except Thursdays. Chapelle-aux-Saints (19).
Botanical garden established in the 19th century with more than 115 different species of trees and shrubs to discover on well marked walks. Glasshouse to visit as well. Check web site for opening times. St-Setiers (19).
Les Jardins Sothys
Themed sensory gardens owned by the skincare/ cosmetic company Sothys, renowned for their natural products. Also a restaurant and boutique. Le Bourg, Auriac (19).
Le Moutardier du Pape
The Popes Mustard Maker, one of the oldest houses in Collonges. Over 60 kinds of mustard to discover. Try them accompanied by some regional foods under the plane trees. Collonges-la-Rouge (19).
Les Pans de Travassac
Discover the unique landscape of minerals and vegetation through the seven seams of Travassac where slate has been extracted since the 17th century. Demonstrations and museum. Guided visits from May to October. Donzenac (19).
Le Splash
Water park with slides, lagoons and swimming pools all supervised. Access to the Dordogne for canoeing. Picnic areas. Rue Louis Bessou, Argentat (19).
Jardin de Lostanges
A walk through the botanical garden with plants and trees from tropical and temperate forests. Open from April to September, off season by appointment. Saumont, Lostanges (19).
Cave Viticole 1001 Pierres
Dating back to 1878 discover the vineyards of Branceilles. 30 hectares of vines of different varieties planted around the village on chalky-clay soil. Open everyday 10:00-12:00 and 15:00-18:00 except Sundays and Bank Holidays. Branceilles (19).
Musee du President Jacques Chirac
A museum housing a collection of gifts given to President Jacques Chirac during his official duties. There is a permanent exhibition of 200 gifts. Open everyday, except January 1, December 24 and 25, from 10:00-12:30 and 13:30-18:00. Sarran (19).
Abbaye St Etienne
Cistercian abbey dating from the 12th century classed as a historic monument. Discover its history, visit the gardens, fountain, ancient kitchen, monks dormitory and chapel. English spoken. Open April-October. Aubazine (19).