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Rennes tourism and travel guide

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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

Rennes 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 Rennes. For detailed visitor information see the Rennes travel guide.

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!



at 15 km (direction east-south-east)

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

See Chateaugiron guide


at 28 km (direction north-west)

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

See Becherel guide


at 34 km (direction north-north-west)

Combourg is best known for the Chateau de Combourg,...

See Combourg guide


at 35 km (direction east)

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

See Vitre guide


at 38 km (direction west)

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

See Paimpont guide


at 41 km (direction north-east)

Most visitors to Saint-Brice-en-Cogles also enjoy the tour of...

See Saint-Brice-en-Cogles guide


at 44 km (direction east-north-east)

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

See Fougeres guide


at 45 km (direction south-south-west)

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

See Langon guide
Chateau de Dinan

Chateau de Dinan

Castle at 46 km (direction north-west), in the Cotes-d'Armor department

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

See Chateau de Dinan guide
Dinan basilica of Saint-Sauveur

Dinan basilica of Saint-Sauveur

Church at 47 km (direction north-west), in the Cotes-d'Armor department

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

See Dinan basilica of Saint-Sauveur guide


at 47 km (direction north-west), in the Cotes-d'Armor department

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

See Dinan guide
Dinan Rue du Jerzual

Dinan Rue du Jerzual

at 47 km (direction north-west), in the Cotes-d'Armor department

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

See Dinan Rue du Jerzual guide
Dinan church of Saint-Malo

Dinan church of Saint-Malo

Church at 47 km (direction north-west), in the Cotes-d'Armor department

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

See Dinan church of Saint-Malo guide


at 49 km (direction north-west)

The lovely old town in Dol-de-Bretagne ensure it remains one of...

See Dol-de-Bretagne guide

... 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

What to do at Rennes? 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)

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

Rennes is 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).

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

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

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