Tour de l'Horloge


If you do one thing in Riom, it's likely to be climbing the 128 stairs of this Renaissance belfry to reach panoramic views of volcanic-stone houses and rolling farmland. Breaking up the ascent are a few simple displays on the town's history and development.

Brochures on art, history and historic neighbourhoods are on sale here (€2).

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Nearby Auvergne attractions

1. Basilique St-Amable

0.13 MILES

This ornate Romanesque church dates back to the 13th century, though its Gothic flourishes (such as the bell tower) were added in the 19th century. The…

2. Musée Régional d’Auvergne

0.13 MILES

This 4000-object collection is a thorough primer on local traditions, with a focus on rural customs in the 19th century (expect plenty of antique farming…

3. Musée Mandet

0.15 MILES

Dating back to 1866, the Musée Mandet's splendid collection of art is arranged across two atmospheric hôtels particuliers (town houses). Exploring these…

4. Église Notre Dame du Marthuret

0.16 MILES

Peer into this shadowy late-14th-century church to see Riom's most prized relics. The Vierge noire (Black Madonna) dates to the 13th or 14th century…

5. Château de Tournoël


This medieval fortress glowers over Volvic from its 600m-high hilltop perch. A watchtower is thought to have stood here since the 10th century, but the…

6. Église St-Priest

3.94 MILES

A fine example of a Romanesque church, 12th-century St-Priest has dark volcanic stone details and boasts three richly decorated chapels. Look up to see…

7. Maison de la Pierre

4.19 MILES

Gasp at the daredevil quarrying feats of Volvic's past in this kid-friendly museum. There are subterranean passages to explore (bring a jacket) and flash…

8. Espace d'Information

4.38 MILES

Learn about Volvic's world-famous mineral water at the company's Espace d'Information, a 10-minute walk west of Volvic's tourist office. Free hour-long…