Treguier, Brittany: tourism & sightseeing
Visit Treguier (Brittany, France)
Tréguier is a town in the Cotes d'Armor department to the north of Brittany, a little way inland from the scenic 'Cote de granit rose'.
A small town on a hill above the River Jaudy at its confluence with the river Guindy, Treguier has a lot to discover in its historical centre, a result of the trade in flax and hemp which brought wealth to Tréguier in the Middle Ages and a trade made possible by the river port in the town, which gives easy access to the English Channel.
Your visit to Tréguier will focus mostly in the streets between the Place de la Republique (parking available) and the pleasure port on the Gaudy river, with Place Martray (next to the cathedral) in the centre of the old district. The tourist office is on the Place de General de Gaulle near the pleasure port at the end of Rue Renan.
The town itself has many 15th and 16th century colombage houses, as well as some suitably imposing granite townhouses - the historic centre of Treguier is now a protected zone, and contains many individual listed historic monuments, especially in rue Colvestre, Rue des Perdreries and rue Ernest Renan. Note in particular the decorative elements of the houses, and the way the upper stories of the half-timbered houses often overhang the lower stories - a technique for providing shelter to the lower parts of a building.
One of the best known half-timbered houses in Treguier was birthplace to the reputed (and controversial) 19th century writer Ernest Renan, and is now a museum celebrating his life, including a recreation of his work studio. The building is a listed among 85 French National Monuments.
As you explore the busy old town you will also come across lots of small open squares, cafes and shops.
Tréguier is also well known for its gothic style cathedral. The 14th century Cathedral Saint-Tugdual is an imposing architectural masterpiece, best known for having three towers running above the transept, each a different style. One of the towers is a remnant from the roman style cathedral that previously stood here. The cathedral also has a lovely cloister dating from the 15th century.
After exploring the town centre you can head back to the east to explore this part of Tréguier with a stroll around the popular pleasure port. This is also a nice place to stop for lunch in a waterfront restaurant.
Market day here in Treguier is wednesday.
Activities close to Tréguier
Boat trips from Tréguier port are a popular way to explore, whether on organised boat trips of by hiring a canoe for the afternoon.
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Treguier has received the following tourist classifications: ; historical protected town centre' (secteur sauvegardé)
Address: Tréguier, Lannion, Cotes-d'Armor, Brittany, 22220, France || GPS: latitude 48.7858, longitude -3.23111
Plan your visit to Treguier, Brittany
Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Maison Ernest Renan: national monument
- Jardin du Kestellic: remarkable garden
- Jardins de Kerdalo: remarkable garden (2km)
- Jardin du château de la Roche-Jagu: remarkable garden (8km)
- Pontrieux: ville fleurie 4* (11km)
- Paimpol: recommended detour (14km)
- Sillon de Talbert: site of natural beauty (15km)
- Beauport Abbey: grand site of france (16km)
- Abbaye de Beauport: site of natural beauty (16km)
- Lannion: ville fleurie 4* (18km)
Market days in Treguier, France
Regular market(s) are held in Treguier each Wednesday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Treguier (Francais)