More than just a village, it's a name that everyone knows. It's a name that has stood the test of time since King Louis XV gave the château to his favourite, the famous Marquise de Pompadour. Today, Pompadour is known the world over as the city of horses, thanks to its National Stud, the cradle of the Anglo-Arab breed. 

Laurence Léonard

Pompadour, a world of its own

French history and equestrian enchantment: enjoy tours, shows, cabarets, entertainment and dramatised rides that will leave you with wonderful memories!

A site where French history and the equestrian world meet

When you arrive at Pompadour, you are won over by the harmony of the surroundings. The majestic façade of the château is matched by an elegant racecourse. The towers at the entrance to the château are matched by the towers of the National Stud.

Today, the town works to promote the horse in a variety of ways:

The château, which immerses visitors in the 18th century, gives pride of place to the equestrian world. During your visit, you'll discover the gardens, as well as the Marquise and Orangerie stables, which house artists' horses, sport horses and a horse stable. presidential horse presented by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to his French counterpart François Hollande.

The National Stud France's leading equestrian event, with top-level competitions held at the Puy Marmont equestrian stadium and racecourse.

The Domaine de Chignac which is the only national mare farm in France. It is This is where the Haras' foals are born and bred.

The visit will reveal the breeding methods used, the selection of stallions and broodmares, and the monitoring carried out from the birth of the foal throughout its career.

The racecourseThis is one of the most beautiful racecourses in France, where the Société des Courses organises flat and jump races and PMU races in summer. 

A major venue for equestrian events and shows

From March to October, more than 160 equestrian events punctuate the life of the city. The highlight is the 15 August, Horse Day. All day long, a multitude of activities: Saint-Hubert mass, show jumping, horse races, demonstrations and equestrian shows...

The 15 August 2023

Horse Day at Pompadour

  • Arnac - Pompadour
Every year on 15 August, horses take centre stage in Pompadour. Since the 1950s, local players have been working together to offer horse lovers an unforgettable day out! On the programme for the day: equestrian demonstrations, horse races, show jumping competitions, equestrian shows... Morning: Mass at the racecourse The day begins with the...

In summer, the château is home to a number of renowned companies and stages some superb shows. equestrian shows on its terraces.

Good to know!

Having been awarded the "Land of the 2024 Games" label, Pompadour has officially been selected as a preparation centre for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 Pompadour is also :

  • a heritage that is sometimes surprising, such as the unusual and monumental painting of the Saint Blaise chapel by André Brasilier. Just a stone's throw away, the Priory of Arnac reveals itself. This beautiful Romanesque church, listed as a Historic Monument, boasts some superb capitals carved into the limestone.
  • the seat PDO Limousin apple. This association works to promote the Limousin golden apple, the only one in France to have a Protected Designation of Origin. In summer visits to orchards to meet the apple growers.
  • From thearts and crafts as Brin de Peau workshop where Sophie, a master craftswoman in leather goods, offers contemporary creations tailored to today's needs and desires.

How to get here

Pompadour lies to the west of the Corrèze département, just a stone's throw from the Dordogne. The two nearest towns, Limoges and Brive-La-Gaillarde, are 50 and 45 minutes away respectively.

By car

via the A20 motorway, from Paris (exits 42 or 44), from Toulouse (exit 45). There are several free car parks in the heart of Pompadour. For electric vehicles, a recharging point is available near the château.

By train

Uzerche station stop. Pompadour is 25 minutes from Uzerche, so you'll need to hire a car to get to the Cité du Cheval.

If you wish to visit Pompadour and the surrounding area, we recommend that you come by car for greater independence.


Sport and heritage in Terres de Corrèze

What a pleasure it is to discover the Terres de Corrèze through a sporting activity. I've selected a number of activities to help you combine sport and heritage discovery.


Visit to the Pompadour National Stud Mare Farm


Meet equestrian artists Christophe and Max Hasta Luego


Jockey for a day at Pompadour


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