What to do in Périgueux when it rains?

Looking for something to do in Périgueux when it rains? You’ve come to the right place! It’s a question we’ve received a lot from our travelers this year!

Don’t panic, Périgueux can be visited in any season, so there are always activities and things to see even when it’s raining! We’ve put together a schedule of things to do in the shelter!

Our ideas of things to see when it rains in Périgueux, on our map!


  1. Visit the Vesunna Museum: this is our favorite museum in Périgueux. Built on the ruins of a Gallo-Roman villa (by architect Jean Novel), this archaeological museum offers a fascinating insight into Périgueux’s ancient history.

    We love the museum’s bright, open setting and all the interactive terminals! A museum where learning is fun. The museum is located 20 minutes from the town center. Vesunna museum website.
  2. Discover the Musée d’Art et d’Archéologie du Périgord: This museum houses a vast collection of objects ranging from prehistoric to modern times, including works of art and archaeological artifacts.

    I (Floriane) know this museum like the back of my hand, we used to go there at least once a year as a family, during the big annual game that was organized to discover the collections in a fun way. Today, several events are organized each year, and you can consult the list on the museum website. The museum is located in the heart of the historic center, a 5-minute walk from Les Apparts Limogeanne.

Saint Front Cathedral

You can visit the interior of Saint-Front Cathedral even on rainy days. This imposing cathedral, with its Byzantine architecture, is an ideal place to admire works of art and religious architecture. It’s the must-see monument of your Périgueux vacation.

cathedrale saint front Périgueux

Test the specialties of the Périgord region

  1. Take a gourmet break at the Marché Couvert: Enjoy local gastronomy at Périgueux’s covered market on Place du Coderc, where you can sample Périgord specialities every morning. We’ve put together a list of our favorite addresses.

    ➡️Pour our travelers, we have listed our favorite restaurants in our welcome booklet, which you can consult throughout your stay.
  2. Enjoy local specialities in a restaurant: Enjoy the renowned Périgord cuisine with dishes such as foie gras, duck confit and truffles in a local restaurant.
  3. Relax in a café or tearoom: enjoy a hot drink and a book in one of the city’s charming cafés.

    Le Cacaothé and Candy’s café are cosy places, perfect for a short break, that we frequent on our trips to Périgueux.
  4. Visit the caviarsturgeon farm at Neuvic sur l’Isle (about 25 minutes from Périgueux)
  5. Learn more about the making of a biscotti, by visiting the artisanal biscotterie La Chanteracoise (about 30 minutes from Périgueux).
place du Coderc perigueux


When it’s raining, there’s nothing better than taking refuge in the cinema, where you can catch the latest releases. Périgueux’s cinema is located in the city center.

Caves and chasms

The Dordogne is famous for its many chasms and caves, so here are two ideas located around 50 minutes from Périgueux. You can combine the 2 in the same day.

  1. The must-see Lascaux IV cave and its interactive museum. This is obviously a replica of the original, so remember to book your ticket in advance on the Internet.
  2. The Gouffre de Proumeyssac, the largest cave in the Dordogne, will impress you with its depth and geological riches. You can descend on foot through a tunnel or in a gondola, just as when it was first discovered.
lascaux caves

Thank you for reading, and don’t hesitate to send us an e-mail if you have any questions!

If you need accommodation for your solo or couple vacation in Périgueux, we can offer you one of our apartments for 2 people. They are located on rue Limogeanne, in the heart of the historic center. As soon as you leave the building, you’re in Périgueux’s protected area.

Our apartments have been completely renovated to offer you the charm of the past with all modern comforts. All our accommodation is air-conditioned, so you can be sure of a good night’s sleep. And according to our customers, our mattresses are very comfortable – come and try them out!