At the westernmost part of the classified area, Sully-sur-Loire is the gateway to the Loire Valley, UNESCO World Heritage Site. This section also includes the villages of Saint Benoît sur Loire, Germiny les Prés, Chateauneuf sur Loire and Jargeau.
Sully sur Loire (45600)
At the westernmost border of the classified area, Sully-sur-Loire is the gateway to the Loire Valley, UNESCO World Heritage Site. The municipality includes several tourist attractions, starting with its castle, medieval fortress and former home of the Dukes of Sully. The municipality includes other attractions such as the sailors’ district, around the church of Saint-Germain, and its traditional houses whose facades feature anchors that recall the major past floods of the wild Loire River. In the immediate vicinity of the village, the meandering streams in Guilly offer fauna and flora typical of the Loire Valley. It is a perfect introduction to the discovery of the natural environment that the Loire Valley has to offer.
Place du Général de Gaulle, 45600 Sully sur Loire
Website - tel : 02 38 36 23 70.
From October to March: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday: 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
April, May, June and September: Monday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m./ 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. (closed on Sunday, in April and September).
July and August: Monday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Accessible to those with disabilities. Free wifi. Boutique. The tourist office offers guided walking routes and thematic tours.
For those who are exploring the Loire by bike, the Tourist Office sells Eurovélo 6 maps no. 3 (€4). Materials available for repairing bicycles.
Visit of the hitorical city available in English, German end French.
For children: tours and treasure hunts.
Château de Sully sur Loire
45600 Sully sur Loire
Website - tel : 02 38 36 36 86.
Price: €8 / 6 to 17 years old : €5. Free for children under 6 years old.
Guided tour : €10/ 6 to 17 years old: €6.
Open from February to December :
October through April : Tuesday to Friday: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. / 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
May, June and September : 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
July and August, daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Overlooking the Loire and strategically positioned at a commercial crossroads between the Sologne and Berry regions, the castle of Sully-sur-Loire was designed by Raymond du Temple (architect of the king and the duke of Orleans) at the order of Guy Trémoïlle, lord of Sully, on the site of an ancient castle at the end of the 14th century. In 1602, Maximilien de Bethune, minister of Henri IV, bought the lordship of Sully. In 1606, he became Duke and Peer of France. He took the name of his estate and became the first Duke of Sully. For nearly four centuries, the castle remained in the family of the descendants of the 1st Duke of Sully. It housed some famous visitors such as Joan of Arc, Louis XIV and Voltaire. Although rebuilt many times over the centuries, a visit to this medieval fortress immerses you in the heart of the Middle Ages, especially during the many cultural events that take place for the Festival de Sully.
From the private apartments, refurbished in the 19th century, to the medieval castle including the dungeon and the structure of the 14th century, the castle tour takes you back over six centuries into the history of France. Visitors will learn about Maximilien de Bethune (1559-1641), first Duke of Sully and minister of King Henry IV. The decoration of the apartments is particularly remarkable in the King's Chamber, in a Louis XIV style, as well as in the 18th century apartment with tapestries of Psyche. Also features a beautiful dining room.
For children: Coloring booklet (under 6 years old) and booklet games (for children between 7 and 12 years old). Activities during school holidays.
The mariners district is organized around the Church of Saint-Germain. Rich with many traditional houses, the district also includes the wharf and old fishermen's houses.
Eglise Saint Germain
2 Place Saint Germain, 45600 Sully-sur-Loire
By open or guided tour.
The first traces of the church date back to the 12th century. The massive current building dates from the 14th and 17th century. You cannot miss its spire, which rises high into the sky. For centuries it was parish of sailors the Loire. But, being too far outside of the medieval city, it was gradually abandoned in favor of the Chapel of Notre Dame de Pitié in the 16th century, which later became the Church of Saint Ythier. Partly destroyed in the bombardments during the Second World War, it came back to life after a major restoration was undertaken in the mid 2000s. It then became a dynamic cultural center, offering many exhibitions and concerts throughout the year, especially on weekends in May and June when concerts are programmed during the Music Festival of Sully.
The collegiate church of Saint-Ythier
Place Maurice de Sully, 45600 Sully Sur Loire
The Collegiate Church of Saint-Ythier succeeded the Church of Our Lady of Mercy. It owes its name to the former bishop of Nevers. The church contains magnificent furniture dating from the 15th to the 17th century. It is decorated in particular by two beautifully crafted windows from the 16th century. One of them, located in the choir, is the Tree of Jesse, the other, above the Pieta of the same period, is dedicated Notre Dame de Pitié and recounts the legend of the pilgrims to the route to Saint Jacques de Compostela. The nave features the vault of the Lords of Sully and their family crest.
Bicycle rental in Sully
Passions Deux Roues
10 rue des Epinettes, 45600 Sully sur Loire
Tel : 02 38 35 13 13.
Chemin de la Levée, en bord de Loire, 45600 Sully sur Loire
Tel : 02 38 36 24 78 .
Main events in Sully sur Loire
The Historical Hours
The castle and the park serve as a natural setting for this medieval festival with period costumes, entertainment, dueling knights, and a medieval market ... The whole city is plunged back into its glorious past and revisits history with stunning realism. For the whole family. Information available at the Tourist Office.
On Mondays, along the Boulevard Jeanne d'Arc and on the Champ de Foire (fairground).
From April to october the 4th Sunday of each month : local products market on the Place de Gaulle in front of the Tourist Office. Features artisanal and local producers.
Restaurant in Sully sur Loire
Hostellerie du Grand Sully ***
10 Boulevard du Champ de Foire, 45600 Sully-sur-Loire
Website - tel : 02 38 36 27 56.
Menu from €28.