Visit Combourg (Brittany, France)
Before visiting the town it is important to know that Chateaubriand, the romantic French author, lived in the castle at Combourg for a while in the late 18th century. Although his stay only lasted a couple of years Chateaubriand said that the stay much influenced his writing - and the town are keen that the association be remembered.
Chateau de Combourg
The impressive multi-turreted chateau that dominates the town was originally built in the 13th century, although substantially modified in the two centuries that followed. It was in 1761 that the castle was bought by the Chateaubriand family (parents of the author), subsequently being inherited by the author's older brother in 1786 - an ownership that wasn't to last long, because in the years of terror following the revolution in 1789 they were executed.
The castle is still owned by one of Chateaubriands descendants, and is open to the public where, among other things, you can see various artefacts belonging to the late Chateaubriand and rooms furnished in the style of that time.
The chateau is also surrounded by well-maintained landscaped gardens so allow plenty of time for an amble or a picnic.
Other highlights in Combourg
Although the castle is the best known monument in Combourg, there are several other sites of interest - start your exploration of the town at one of the finest buildings in the town centre, the Maison de la Lanterne', which is also home to the tourist office.
Strolling around the old town you will also see a couple of half-timbered buildings and a substantial 19th century church.
The weekly market in Combourg takes place on a Monday.
Places of interest close by
Another chateau of interest to visit nearby is the Chateau de Landal, to the north of Combourg.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Combourg, Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, 35270 || GPS: latitude 48.409, longitude -1.75
Map of Combourg & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Combourg, France
- Jardins du château de la Bourbansais - remarkable garden (11km)
- Jardin du château de La Ballue - remarkable garden (16km)
- Parc du château de Caradeuc - remarkable garden (19km)
- Parc du château de Bonnefontaine - remarkable garden (20km)
- Dinan - recommended detour (22km)
- Saint-Juvat - ville fleurie 4* (23km)
- Saint-Brice-en-Cogles - village d'etape (28km)
- Bedee - village d'etape (29km)
- Jardins de Montmarin - remarkable garden (30km)
- Baie du Mont Saint-Michel - grand site of france (31km)
Market days in Combourg: Regular market(s) are held in Combourg each Monday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Combourg (Francais)