Rennes tourism and travel guide

Photo of Rennes in Ille-et-Vilaine

Visit Rennes: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: An unmissable highlight in the region, Rennes has a very picturesque medieval centre

Important note

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

Rennes is situated in the Ille-et-Vilaine department and Brittany region, in the north-west of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Ille-et-Vilaine department (general information: Rennes is 308 kilometres from Paris).

Tourist classifications for Rennes include "town of art and history" and "secteur sauvegarde".

Popular places to visit nearby include Becherel at 28 km and Combourg at 34 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Rennes, 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 Rennes in Brittany.

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


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

Map of places to visit near Rennes

Markets in and near Rennes

Market days in Rennes: weekly market: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday;

  • Rennes: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday (0km)
  • Cesson-Sevigne: market Saturday (6km)
  • Pace: market Wednesday (8km)
  • Betton: market Sunday (8km)
  • Thorigne-Fouillard: market Sunday (9km)
  • Bruz: market Friday (11km)
  • Melesse: market Thursday (12km)
  • Mordelles: market Tuesday (13km)
  • Chateaugiron: market Thursday (15km)
  • Liffre: market Friday (17km)

More information about Rennes, Brittany

Tourist attractions near Rennes, France

Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Rennes.

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin des fontaines et parc de l’Athanor (12km)
  • Jardins de Broceliande (15km)
  • Parc du château de Caradeuc (28km)
  • Jardins du château de la Bourbansais (36km)
  • Jardin du château de La Ballue (38km)
  • Parc du château de Bonnefontaine (41km)
  • Parc floral de Haute-Bretagne (46km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Forêt de Rennes (12km)
  • Abbaye Notre-Dame du Nid-au-Merle (14km)
  • Complexe forestier Rennes-Liffré-Chèvre, étang et lande d'Ouée, forêt de Haute-Sève (15km)
  • Forêt de Chevré (20km)
  • Vallée du Canut (22km)
  • Étangs du canal d'Ille-et-Rance (26km)
  • Étang de la Cantache (30km)
  • Forges de Paimpont (37km)
  • Forêt de Paimpont (38km)
  • Étang de la Valière (38km)
  • Étang de Châtillon-en-Vendelais (39km)
  • Étang de Paintourteau (41km)
  • Étang de Haute-Vilaine (42km)
  • Réserve naturelle régionale du Marais de Sougeal (46km)
  • Forêt de Fougères (49km)
  • Île-aux-Pies (55km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Bedee (21km)
  • Saint-Brice-en-Cogles (41km)
  • Grand-Fougeray (43km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Cesson-Sevigne (6km)
  • Chartres-de-Bretagne (8km)
  • Le Rheu (9km)
  • Saint-Juvat (38km)
  • La Gacilly (51km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Rennes

Canton: Rennes

Arrondissement: Rennes

Department: Ille-et-Vilaine

Region: Brittany

Postcode: 35000

Distance to Rennes

from Rennes (prefecture): 0 km

from Paris: 308 km

from Calais: 406 km

from Nice: 847 km

from Bordeaux: 374 km

from Strasbourg: 698 km

Getting here

Rennes is in the north-west of France. 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 Rennes from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Cesson-Sevigne, Chantepie, Montgermont, Saint-Gregoire, Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande and Vezin-le-Coquet.

This page in French: Visiter Rennes