Josselin tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: The castle and the river are the centre of your visit to the historic town of Josselin

Josselin is situated in the Morbihan department and Brittany region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Josselin. For detailed visitor information see the Josselin travel guide.

Attractions in Josselin

The Chateau de Josselin has a 1000 year history and includes both medieval and renaissance parts: Chateau de Josselin

Tourist classifications for Josselin include "village d'etape".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Josselin in Brittany.

Popular places to visit nearby include Paimpont at 29 km and Rochefort-en-Terre at 33 km.

Josselin, France: places to visit and attractions

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

Chateau de Josselin

Chateau de Josselin

Castle less than one km (direction south)

The Chateau de Josselin has a 1000 year history and includes both...

See Chateau de Josselin guide


at 29 km (direction east), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

Paimpont is well known for its 'magical forest', part of the ancient...

See Paimpont guide


at 33 km (direction south-east)

Now listed as one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' you...

See Rochefort-en-Terre guide
Chateau de Pontivy

Chateau de Pontivy

Castle at 33 km (direction west-north-west)

The Chateau de Pontivy has dominated the centre of Pontivy in Morbihan...

See Chateau de Pontivy guide


at 35 km (direction west-north-west)

Pontivy is particularly interesting because it has a medieval old town and...

See Pontivy guide


at 37 km (direction south-west)

An unmissable highlight in this region of Brittany, the half-timbered houses in...

See Vannes guide
Sainte-Anne d'Auray

Sainte-Anne d'Auray

at 41 km (direction west-south-west)

This ensemble of religious monuments in Sainte-Anne-d'Auray was a most unexpected discovery...

See Sainte-Anne d'Auray guide
Morbihan Gulf

Morbihan Gulf

at 44 km (direction south-west)

The Gulf of Morbihan, almost a protected lagoon on the southern coast...

See Morbihan Gulf guide


Island at 45 km (direction south-west)

The beaches and scenery along the coastal footpath combine to make the...

See Ile-d'Arz guide


at 45 km (direction north-north-west), in the Cotes-d'Armor department

The highlight in Moncontour is exploring the streets of half-timbered houses within...

See Moncontour guide


at 46 km (direction west-south-west)

The picturesque harbour area of Saint-Goustan is a lovely place for a...

See Saint-Goustan guide
Ile aux Moines

Ile aux Moines

Island at 46 km (direction south-west)

In the Morbihan Gulf, the Ile-aux-Moines is also very easy to reach...

See Ile aux Moines guide


at 46 km (direction west-south-west)

Auray is a an attractive town with lovely views across the port...

See Auray guide


at 48 km (direction east-south-east), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

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

See Redon guide

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Markets in and near Josselin

Market days in Josselin: weekly market: Saturday;

  • Josselin: market Saturday (0km)
  • Ploermel: market Friday (12km)
  • Malestroit: market Thursday (21km)
  • Locmine: market Thursday (23km)
  • Mauron: market Friday (24km)
  • Elven: market Friday (25km)
  • Loudeac: market Saturday (29km)
  • Saint-Ave: market Sunday (33km)
  • Plelan-le-Grand: market Sunday (33km)
  • Pontivy: market Monday all day (34km)

More information about Josselin, Brittany

Tourist attractions near Josselin, France

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


  • Aquarium de Vannes (39km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin du Botrain (42km)
  • Jardins de Kerambar’h (46km)
  • Parc du château de Caradeuc (58km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Source - Rivière de Noyalo (28km)
  • Forêt de Paimpont (29km)
  • Forges de Paimpont (30km)
  • Source - Marle (36km)
  • Source - Rance (38km)
  • Pont de Kérino (39km)
  • Pont du Vincin (39km)
  • Moulin à marée de Campen (39km)
  • Vincin (40km)
  • Réserve naturelle nationale des marais de Séné (40km)
  • Embouchure - Vincin (Rivière de Conleau) (40km)
  • Presqu'île de Conleau (40km)
  • Embouchure - Marle (41km)
  • Maison rose (Séné) (41km)
  • Source - Vincin (Rivière de Conleau) (41km)
  • Île-aux-Pies (42km)
  • Anse de Mancel (42km)
  • Presqu'île de la Villeneuve (43km)
  • Passage Saint-Armel (43km)
  • Embouchure - Rivière de Noyalo (43km)
  • Golfe du Morbihan (44km)
  • Lac de Guerlédan (46km)
  • Étang de Toulvern (49km)
  • Marais de Vilaine (51km)
  • Saint-Philibert (Morbihan) (53km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Elven (25km)
  • Bedee (51km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • La Vraie-Croix (30km)
  • Rochefort-en-Terre (33km)
  • La Gacilly (38km)
  • Saint-Gilles-Vieux-Marche (45km)
  • Saint-Juvat (58km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique du château de Branféré (42km)

Geography and distances

Josselin is in the north-west of France at 37 kilometres from Vannes, the department capital (general information: Josselin is 375 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Josselin

Canton: Josselin

Arrondissement: Pontivy

Department: Morbihan

Region: Brittany

Postcode: 56120

Distance to Josselin

from Vannes (prefecture): 37 km

from Paris: 375 km

from Calais: 460 km

from Nice: 895 km

from Bordeaux: 378 km

from Strasbourg: 765 km

Getting here

Most visitors While most UK visitors will arrive by car from the ferry port at Saint Malo a drive of 2-3 hours is still common. For driving distances to Josselin from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 7 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Guegon, Guillac, Hellean, La Croix-Hellean, La Gree-Saint-Laurent, Lanouee and Saint-Servant.

This page in French: Visiter Josselin