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Esse tourism and travel guide

Photo of Esse in Ille-et-Vilaine

Photo is of Chateaugiron at 12 km from Esse

Visit Esse: highlights and tourist information

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Esse is situated in the Ille-et-Vilaine department and Brittany region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateaugiron at 12 km and Vitre at 24 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Esse, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Esse in Brittany.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 12 km (direction north-west)

The castle and towers in the heart of old Chateaugiron help explain...

See Chateaugiron guide


at 24 km (direction north-east)

A town not be missed, Vitré has a superb historic centre with...

See Vitre guide


at 26 km (direction west-north-west)

An unmissable highlight in the region, Rennes has a very picturesque medieval...

See Rennes guide


at 41 km (direction west-south-west)

Langon is home to an ancient chapel with a Roman fresco...

See Langon guide


at 47 km (direction north-north-east)

The castle and historic lower town are the main attraction, but be...

See Fougeres guide


at 50 km (direction east), in the Mayenne department

The castle, the river and the historic centre make the substantial town...

See Laval guide


at 54 km (direction west-north-west)

Becherel is a pretty town and a centre for books....

See Becherel guide


at 60 km (direction west-south-west)

Combining and active port with the cobbled streets of the old town,...

See Redon guide
Les Jardins des Renaudies

Les Jardins des Renaudies

Garden at 65 km (direction north-east), in the Mayenne department

Les Jardins des Renaudies is a pretty garden in north-west France...

See Les Jardins des Renaudies guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Ille-et-Vilaine

Map of places to visit near Esse


Markets in and near Esse

  • Janze: market Wednesday (5km)
  • Chateaugiron: market Thursday (12km)
  • La Guerche-de-Bretagne: market Tuesday (15km)
  • Chateaubourg: market Friday (17km)
  • Cesson-Sevigne: market Saturday (22km)
  • Bain-de-Bretagne: market Monday (23km)
  • Vitre: market Monday (24km)
  • Thorigne-Fouillard: market Sunday (25km)
  • Bruz: market Friday (25km)
  • Rennes: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday (26km)

More information about Esse, Brittany

Tourist attractions near Esse, France

What to do at Esse? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Esse.

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin des fontaines et parc de l’Athanor (19km)
  • Jardins de Broceliande (34km)
  • Parc et jardins du château de Craon (38km)
  • Jardins de la Pellerine (49km)
  • Parc et jardin de Clivoy (51km)
  • Parc du château de Caradeuc (54km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Forêt de Chevré (22km)
  • Étang de la Cantache (23km)
  • Étang de la Valière (25km)
  • Forêt de Rennes (28km)
  • Étang de Paintourteau (28km)
  • Complexe forestier Rennes-Liffré-Chèvre, étang et lande d'Ouée, forêt de Haute-Sève (29km)
  • Forêt du Pertre (29km)
  • Abbaye Notre-Dame du Nid-au-Merle (31km)
  • Étang de Haute-Vilaine (31km)
  • Vallée du Canut (35km)
  • Étang de Châtillon-en-Vendelais (35km)
  • Étangs du canal d'Ille-et-Rance (46km)
  • Source - Couesnon (48km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Grand-Fougeray (35km)
  • Bedee (46km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Cesson-Sevigne (22km)
  • Chartres-de-Bretagne (23km)
  • Le Rheu (32km)
  • Juvigne (42km)

Geography and distances

Esse is in the north-west of France at 26 kilometres from Rennes, the department capital (general information: Esse is 296 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Esse

Canton: Retiers

Arrondissement: Rennes

Department: Ille-et-Vilaine

Region: Brittany

Postcode: 35150

Distance to Esse

from Rennes (prefecture): 26 km

from Paris: 296 km

from Calais: 408 km

from Nice: 822 km

from Bordeaux: 353 km

from Strasbourg: 682 km

Getting here

Most visitors Most UK visitors arrive by car with the cross-channel ferry port at Saint Malo keeping driving time to a minimum. For driving distances to Esse from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 8 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Amanlis, Boistrudan, Janze, Le Theil-de-Bretagne, Marcille-Robert, Moulins, Pire-sur-Seiche and Retiers.

This page in French: Visiter Esse

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