Paimpont tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: Paimpont is well known for its 'magical forest', part of the ancient forests that once covered Brittany

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

Important note

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

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateau de Josselin at 29 km and Becherel at 35 km.

Paimpont, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 29 km (direction west), in the Morbihan department

The castle and the river are the centre of your visit to...

See Josselin guide
Chateau de Josselin

Chateau de Josselin

Castle at 29 km (direction west), in the Morbihan department

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

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at 35 km (direction north-east)

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

See Becherel guide


at 38 km (direction south-south-west), in the Morbihan department

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

See Rochefort-en-Terre guide


at 38 km (direction east)

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

See Rennes guide


at 41 km (direction south-east)

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

See Langon guide


at 41 km (direction south-south-east)

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

See Redon guide
Chateau de Dinan

Chateau de Dinan

Castle at 49 km (direction north-north-east), in the Cotes-d'Armor department

Dinan castle is an imposing medieval castle which also has views across...

See Chateau de Dinan guide


at 49 km (direction north-north-east), in the Cotes-d'Armor department

The extensive medieval centre of the walled town of Dinan ensure its...

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Dinan basilica of Saint-Sauveur

Dinan basilica of Saint-Sauveur

Church at 49 km (direction north-north-east), in the Cotes-d'Armor department

The basilica of Saint-Sauveur in Dinan incorporates romanesque elements from the 12th...

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Dinan church of Saint-Malo

Dinan church of Saint-Malo

Church at 49 km (direction north-north-east), in the Cotes-d'Armor department

The Church of Saint-Malo in Dinan is a large 15th century church...

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Dinan Rue du Jerzual

Dinan Rue du Jerzual

at 50 km (direction north-north-east), in the Cotes-d'Armor department

The Rue du Jerzual and the port are two of the most...

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at 50 km (direction east)

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

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at 51 km (direction north-west), in the Cotes-d'Armor department

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

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Markets in and near Paimpont

  • Plelan-le-Grand: market Sunday (5km)
  • Mauron: market Friday (11km)
  • Saint-Meen-le-Grand: market Saturday (19km)
  • Maure-de-Bretagne: market Sunday (19km)
  • Ploermel: market Friday (19km)
  • Montfort-sur-Meu: market Friday (21km)
  • Montauban-de-Bretagne: market Wednesday all day (22km)
  • Mordelles: market Tuesday (25km)
  • Malestroit: market Thursday (28km)
  • La Gacilly: market Saturday (29km)

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Tourist attractions near Paimpont, France

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


  • Aquarium de Vannes (62km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins de Broceliande (23km)
  • Parc du château de Caradeuc (35km)
  • Jardins du château de la Bourbansais (46km)
  • Jardin du Colombier (56km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Forêt de Paimpont (0km)
  • Forges de Paimpont (4km)
  • Vallée du Canut (21km)
  • Île-aux-Pies (34km)
  • Source - Rance (41km)
  • Source - Rivière de Noyalo (46km)
  • Forêt de Rennes (48km)
  • Abbaye Notre-Dame du Nid-au-Merle (50km)
  • Étangs du canal d'Ille-et-Rance (53km)
  • Source - Marle (59km)
  • Réserve naturelle nationale des marais de Séné (60km)
  • Pont de Kérino (61km)
  • Embouchure - Marle (63km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Bedee (24km)
  • Josselin (29km)
  • Elven (45km)
  • Grand-Fougeray (47km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • La Gacilly (29km)
  • Le Rheu (29km)
  • Chartres-de-Bretagne (35km)
  • Rochefort-en-Terre (38km)
  • Saint-Juvat (38km)
  • Cesson-Sevigne (43km)
  • La Vraie-Croix (46km)

Geography and distances

Paimpont is in the north-west of France at 38 kilometres from Rennes, the department capital (general information: Paimpont is 346 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Paimpont

Canton: Plélan-le-Grand

Arrondissement: Rennes

Department: Ille-et-Vilaine

Region: Brittany

Postcode: 35380

Distance to Paimpont

from Rennes (prefecture): 38 km

from Paris: 346 km

from Calais: 437 km

from Nice: 873 km

from Bordeaux: 374 km

from Strasbourg: 736 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 Paimpont from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 3 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Beignon, Concoret and Plelan-le-Grand.

This page in French: Visiter Paimpont