Visit Saint-Pol-de-Leon (Brittany, France)
Saint-Pol-de-Leon is a town 15km northwest of Morlaix, near the coast in the Finistère department of north-western Brittany, and with several interesting buildings to enjoy as well as easy access to the Brittany coast.
The two most important monuments in the town are both religious: the Cathedral Saint-Paul-Aurelien and the Chapel of Notre-Dame du Kreisker.
Cathedral Saint-Paul-Aurelien: Dominating the town, the gothic style cathedral dates in part from the 13th - 14th century (the facade and side walls), with the remainder (the choir and chapels) being reconstructed in the 16th century. The cathedral has an impressive facade with 50 metre high ornate towers on either side and a balcony from which the bishop could address the church followers.
Inside the cathedral, which holds the relics of Saint-Pol, there is a great deal to admire including numerous stained glass windows from the 14th to 17th centuries, some carved wooden stalls and a 17th century organ.
Chapel of Notre-Dame du Kreisker: Building of this roman style chapel was completed in the 15th century. Much the most prominent feature is the 78 metre high belfry, which is the tallest to be found in Brittany. You can climb up inside the belfry for lovely views out to sea and across Saint-Pol-de-Leon itself.
Maison Prebendale: Among our favourite non-religious buildings in Saint-Pol-de-Leon is the Maison Prebendale, the 16th century house in Grande Rue that was previously used by church dignitaries - it is now used primarily for art exhibitions. Even if there is not an exhibition at the time of your visit you can admire the outside of the building with its renaissance style entrance, ornate windows and central square tower, and the statues that decorate the roof.
The town also contains some other interesting buildings, including other manor houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries such as the Manoir de Keroulas.
Beaches and coast
The beach at Kersaliou is the closest, and a little way to the east of Saint-Pol-de-Leon.
There is also a very attractive coast path that heads south from Kersaliou and passes along the harbour in Pempoul port as well as two more popular beaches and some scenic viewpoints - be sure to walk out along the Saint Anne beach (isthmus) for views from the islet at the end of the beach.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Saint-Pol-de-Léon, Morlaix, Finistere, Brittany, 29250 || GPS: latitude 48.68, longitude -3.98
Map of Saint-Pol-de-Leon & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Saint-Pol-de-Leon, France
- Jardin exotique - remarkable garden (5km)
- Jardin Delasselle - remarkable garden (8km)
- Cairn de Barnenez - national monument (12km)
- Saint Thégonnec - enclos-paroissial (18km)
- Bodilis - enclos-paroissial (19km)
- Lampaul-Guimiliau - enclos-paroissial (21km)
- Guimiliau - enclos-paroissial (21km)
- Plougonven - enclos-paroissial (26km)
- Locmelar - enclos-paroissial (26km)
- Plouneour-Ménez - enclos-paroissial (27km)
Market days in Saint-Pol-de-Leon: Regular market(s) are held in Saint-Pol-de-Leon each Tuesday all day. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Saint-Pol-de-Leon (Francais)