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Visit Mussidan

Mussidan is one of the larger towns in the area north of Bergerac and West of Perigueux but it has the air of a town crying out for some money to be spent on it.

Explore Mussidan

Its main street is frankly rather drab and a bit dilapidated and the main square, the Place Victor Hugo could be very nice - it is surrounded by pleasant buildings but there are no bars, cafes, restaurants et and so really it is just used as a big car park.

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There are however nice bits of Mussidan. Walk up a little street on the side of the square to the lovely little church which is raised slightly above the square, behind the church are good views of the river. Mussidan sits on the River Isle and so you can go canoeing etc. from here.

There are two churches in Mussidan. Saint Georges church is a neo-romanesque chuch built in the 19th century and the eglise Notre Dame du Roc which was built on a rock in the 16 and 17th centuries.This was converted into a cinema in 2003 and is now a very charming setting to go watch a film.

In the centre of town is a small river. Look over the bridge near the tourist office and you can see a nice pigeonnier and a water wheel on the side of the river, plus some picnic benches if you are looking for a picnic spot.

Also near the tourist office is a very attractive looking ecole de musique with a little garden outside it.

Mussidan has a modern and not especially attractive Halle but it has a very good market. It is known locally as a good one with a high proportion of stalls selling locally grown produce. Saturday is market day in Mussidan and is the best day to visit. During cepes season which is from September to November there is also a very good cepes market every day from 4pm under the halle.


To explore a little further there is an attractive walk of 5 kilometers that you can do which takes you past the main sights of Mussidan and around the edges of the village. Pick up a map from the tourist office.

Things to do in Mussidan

Mussidan has an arts and crafts museum the Musée Andre Voulgre. The museum is open from the 1st April to 31 May, Saturdays and Sundays from 14h00 to 18h00 and from the 1 June to 30 September, every day 14h00-18h00. The museum shows the evolution of daily life in the Perigord and how it changed as time passed. The museum is housed in an attractive 18th century building.

There is also a ceramic workshop in Mussidan where you can have a guided visit. This is open all year round Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and one in two Saturdays and Tuesdays. The visit takes about 1 hour and is free of charge.

Mussidan has an open air swimming pool open in July and August.

Places near to Mussidan

See separate guide for the attractive villages near Mussidan.

The Chateau de Montreal is nearby and is an attractive small chateau in pleasant gardens.

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Map of Mussidan and places to visit

Mussidan places to visit

Mussidan Villages

Mussidan Villages

Some pretty villages near to Mussidan.

Mussidan Villages guide
Chateau de Montreal

Chateau de Montreal

The Chateau de Montreal is a small chateau with decorated rooms to visit.

Chateau de Montreal guide


Issac is a small village with a pretty church at its centre.

Issac guide
Isle River

Isle River

The Isle river passes through some of the Dordogne's quieter villages and countryside.

Isle River guide


Neuvic is home to the Chateau de Neuvic which is open to visits in the summer.

Neuvic guide
Saint Germain du Salembre

Saint Germain du Salembre

Saint Germain de Salembre is a small village with an attractive private chateau in the centre.

Saint Germain du Salembre guide

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