Visit Redon (Brittany, France)
Rédon is a town inland in the Ille-et-Vilaine department of Brittany, in an attractive setting on the Vilaine and Oust rivers. It is officially listed as a 'city of character'.
Your visit will centre around the port and river facing part of Redon, and also along the main street through the centre of Redon, the 'Grand Rue'. Both parts have much to enjoy.
Along the Vilaine riverfront (particularly the Quai Saint-Jacques section) there are many attractive merchant and ship-owners houses dating mostly from the 18th century, and is a pleasant spot to promenade and watch the boats on the river.
Redon is also a central point on the Nantes-Brest canal, a popular route with holidaymakers - and the combination of the waterways permits a large variety of boats to pass through here, while the 'water everywhere' and different styles of waterside architecture of the town also adds to the pleasure of a visit.
The cobbled Grand Rue passes through the historical heart of Rédon and is lined on both sides by an interesting mix of houses, some half-timbered and others in stone. One of the oldest is the Hotel des Monnaies, at 48 Grand Rue and dating from 1420.
One particular building of interest is the Abbatiale Saint-Sauveur, next to the Town Hall. The church is an impressive mix of roman and gothic style architecture, with a particularly lovely two-storey roman style tower, and also has associated cloisters and medieval frescoes. The more recent gothic style tower also once formed part of the church but a fire in the centre of the church in 1780 destroyed the end of the nave - and left the tower standing as a separate monument.
Apart from the general pleasures of exploring Redon, among the particular buildings of note are the Manoir du Mail and Hotel du Richelieu (both on Rue du Plessis) and the 17th century Benedictine convent (26 rue Saint-Michel).
There are lots of villages of interest, natural highlights and monuments in the region around Redon, with the small artist community at La Gacilly among our favourites.
The Vilaine River section between Redon and the historic town of La Roche-Bernard passes through some lovely countryside and is well worth following. The view from the raised viewpoint at Langon is particularly noteworthy.
If you are travelling with children there are two particular animal parks that will be of interest: the Ferme du Monde (Carentoir) has lots of animals such as camels and an animal farm where children can stroke smaller animals, while the Branfere Animal Park (Le Guerno) has larger animals such as giraffes and zebras, and a very large aviary area.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Redon, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, 35600 || GPS: latitude 47.652222, longitude -2.083611
Map of Redon & places nearby
Highlights close by
La Roche-Bernard 22km
La Turballe 46km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Redon, France
- La Gacilly - ville fleurie 4* (13km)
- Rochefort-en-Terre - ville fleurie 4* (20km)
- Parc zoologique du château de Branféré - zoo or wildlife park (24km)
- Grand-Fougeray - village d'etape (28km)
- Briere - regional natural parc (32km)
- La Vraie-Croix - ville fleurie 4* (35km)
- Marais Salants de Guérande - site of natural beauty (36km)
- Elven - village d'etape (39km)
- Guerande - recommended detour (45km)
Market days in Redon: Regular market(s) are held in Redon each Saturday & Monday all day & Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Redon (Francais)