2,000 tools bring 11 trades back to life: ironsmiths, blacksmiths, farriers, cartwrights, saddlers, cobblers, clogmakers, hoopers, coopers, tinsmiths, etc. New: buckwheat flour mill maker workshop by Louis and Roger Hamon. Exhibition: "All about buckwheat". Free for children under 7 yrs.
The church is now listed as a Historic Monument, as are the remains of the old church as well as the old cemetery and marquee. This church of Tinténiac is interesting in many ways. It is considered one of the most important 19th century churches in the department.
The lock-keeper's house at the Madeleine, built during the Napoleonic era, is part of the beautiful site of the 11 locks. The museum shows how the canal was built and how it works, with a display of photos, models, objects, and documents from the archives. A video shows what the Canal d'Ille-et-Rance is like today. Temporary exhibitions. Open-air picnic area. Free for children under 8 yrs.
12th - 18th century. Once an imposing fortress, it is now a magnificent 14th century châtelet that has been perfectly preserved - its two drawbridges still work today. Steeped in history, Bertrand du Guesclin came to Château de Montmuran in 1354. He was dubbed knight in the chapel and it was here that he married Jeanne de Laval-Chatillon in 1374 after the death of his first wife Tiphaine Raguenel. With its magnificent architecture and history, a tour round Montmuran is a must!
The character village of Bécherel became a literary centre in 1989 and is now home to 14 bookshops (antique, used and new books) and around 10 art galleries, calligraphy and book-binding workshops. The village is open all year round and holds numerous literary events including fairs, festivals and markets. Guided tours and workshops are available for groups.
The castle, built in the sixteenth century on the site of an old Gallo-Roman "villa", updated in the eighteenth century, is one of the most harmonious of the great Breton castles with its pavilions "Mansard" , its chapel hanging in the cellar, the dovecote and the fruiter framing the moat ... Each of its facades: on the "French garden", the "carousel garden", on the main courtyard and on the big perspective, is remarkable for its apparent symmetry and the succession of its plans.
A character town, rural holiday resort and recognized cycling stopover, Combourg is a charming place between Rennes and Saint-Malo and is also the "Cradle of Romanticism". The descendants of the famous 19th century author Chateaubriand invite you to visit their listed, 12th-15th century château with its 19th century interior. Fall under the spell of the unique atmosphere while your children enjoy playing knights in the old castle. Follow the literary trail around Lac Tranquille and then stroll through the town to admire fine granite houses such as the 16th century Maison de la Lanterne and half-timbered houses dating from the Middle Ages.
Come and visit the fortress in Combourg where Chateaubriand spent some of his childhood, and experienced his first fears and passions. The place was immortalised in his memoirs when he said: “In the woods of Combourg I became what I am”. His descendants now live in the château.
Located in the heart of the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay, the medieval town of Dol-de-Bretagne has a rich heritage for you to explore, including Les Petits Palets (the oldest house in Brittany), the main street lined with houses dating from the 11th to the 16th centuries, ramparts and the Cathedral. Go on an educational or themed guided tour around the town.
Dinan is without doubt one of the most attractive and best preserved small towns in Brittany. With its 1.8 mile (3km)-long ramparts, half-timbered houses, attractive port and cobbled streets filled with art galleries and craft shops, it’s worth a day of anyone’s time.
La Chapelle Saint Yves
La cathédrale Saint Pierre
Les portes Mordelaises
La place des Lices
Le Parlement de Bretagne
L'Hôtel de ville
Jardin du Thabor
Le musée des Beaux-Arts
Les Champs Libres
Guided tours of the walled town.Relive the great moments of history with a tour of the old quarters, ramparts and cathedral: Duchess Anne, Chateaubriand, Surcouf, Duguay Trouin, Cartier, and the great tides.
Le barrage et l’usine marémotrice de la Rance sont situés à l’embouchure de l’estuaire de la Rance sur la commune de la Richardais (Entre Dinard et Saint-Malo / Ille-et-Vilaine / Région Bretagne).Ce site industriel a pour objectif de produire de l’hydroélectricité, une énergie 100 % renouvelable, en utilisant la force de la marée. Sa construction a également permis de créer une route reliant Dinard à Saint-Malo et a favorisé le développement d’activités touristiques dans l’estuaire.
Discover the well-known seaside resort and Art and History heritage town of Dinard and its amazing heritage which includes 407 listed houses and mansions in a protected area. Enjoy a guided tour recounting the history of Dinard. Marvel at the ever-changing colours of the sea and sky. Admire the lush, vibrant seaside gardens. All this plus a full all-year-round programme of festivals, cultural and sporting events make Dinard a wonderful, invigorating destination. Individual guided tours in French from April to October.
In Cancale you can see la a Ferme Marine.
La Ferme Marine is a family-run oyster farm. Visitors can learn about the strenuous work of oyster farming during a guided tour, followed by an amazing exhibition of seashells with surprising colours and shapes ! Guided tours in French 15/02 – 30/06, 15/09 – 30/10 : Monday – Friday at 15.00. 01/07 – 16/09 : every day at 11.00, 15.00 and 17.00. English tour at 14.00. German tour at 16.00.
Marking the westernmost tip of the Bay of Mont St-Michel, this brilliantly located headland not only allows you to benefit from sublime views eastwards, but also splendid ones to the west. The island just offshore is off-limits though as it’s the preserve of birds.
The medieval island village of Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sits right off France’s Atlantic coast at the mouth of the Couesnon River. Crowned by a Gothic abbey that sits atop the rocky isle, Mont Saint-Michel rises dramatically from the tidal flats of the bay, creating one of the country’s most recognizable images. It’s a must-see for history buffs and those interested in religious sites, and visits are often combined with tours through the region of Normandy.
A discovery trail with information points about the town’s historical, industrial and literary heritage along the way. Children aged 6-12 can have fun and discover local history at the same time with orienteering games in the castle or a game of snakes and ladders in the medieval quarter. The Heritage Department is open to suggestions for visits.