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This coastal city celebrates its rich maritime past with a range of fascinating modern exhibits and historical monuments.

Take a boat tour around the harbor of Brest and discover how this town has always been deeply intertwined with the French navy. Learn more at the maritime museum or go underwater to discover exciting sea creatures living along the local coastline and farther afield.

Strategically positioned within a vast natural harbor, Brest has been a proud naval town since the Middle Ages. Constantly under attack during World War II, the town has been reborn while holding on to its seafaring roots.

Learn more about the naval fleet that has been operating from here for hundreds of years with a guided trip around the port. See huge naval vessels moored and listen to stories from famous battles.

Back on land, stroll to the southern end of town where a grand château is located at the end of a dramatic headland near the mouth of the River Penfeld. This vast structure has stood here for hundreds of years and part of it is still utilized by French forces. A separate section meanwhile is dedicated to the National Naval Museum. View vivid paintings and exquisite models and watch interactive videos that will transport you back in time to the period of world war.

Wander through the bustling center of town and head north to Océanopolis. Children and adults will love this sprawling aquarium featuring exhibits spread between four separate environments. Marvel at penguins and seals in the arctic zone and see bright reefs and colorful fish in the tropical section.

Brest is in the department of Brittany in northwestern France, a 6-hour drive west of Paris. The city has many lavish hotels and less expensive guesthouses. Alternatively, head along the coast to discover campsites and pretty beach resorts. Being near the sea, you can expect the seafood to be exquisite while traditional Breton dishes, such as crêpes, are guaranteed to be delicious.

The fascinating historical city of Brest has adapted to modern times and offers a hugely enjoyable visit.

Where to stay in Brest

Brest featuring a city, a marina and general coastal views


4/5Very Good!(5 area reviews)

While visiting Downtown, you might make a stop by sights like Capucins Cable Car and The Capuchin Workshops.

Saint-Marc, Brest, Finistere, France


If you're spending some time in Saint-Marc, Francis-le Ble Stadium and Brest National Botanical Conservatory are top sights worth seeing.

Lambézellec, Brest, Finistere, France


1/5(2 area reviews)

Lambézellec might not have many top sights, but Francis-le Ble Stadium and The Capuchin Workshops are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Saint-Pierre, Brest, Finistere, France


While visiting Saint-Pierre, you might make a stop by sights like Plage de Saint-Anne-du-Portzic and Grève de La Maison Blanche.

Bellevue, Brest, Finistere, France


While Bellevue isn't home to many top sights, The Capuchin Workshops and Capucins Cable Car are some notable places to visit nearby.


Top hotels in Brest

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hôtel Center
Hôtel Center
3 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £62 per night

Located in Downtown, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Le Quartz, University of Western Brittany and Brest Castle. Tour Tanguy and Hospital Cavale Blanche ...

4.2/5Very Good! (295 reviews)

"A clean hotel, not far from the airport, in the city, reasonable breakfast. A good place to stay if the business bring you to Bretagne."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019

Hôtel Center
Best Western Plus Europe Hotel
Best Western Plus Europe Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is £74 per night

Located in Europe, this spa hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Francis-le Ble Stadium, Brest National Botanical Conservatory and Le Quartz. Clermont-Tonnerre ...

4.1/5Very Good! (118 reviews)

"Just good value for the price"…"

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2016

Best Western Plus Europe Hotel
Hôtel Le Continental
Hôtel Le Continental
4 out of 5
41 Rue Emile Zola, Square De La Tour D'auvergne, Brest, Finistere
The price is £83 per night

Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Le Quartz and Museum of Fine Arts Brest. Place de la Liberté and Cours Dajot are also within 10 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (265 reviews)
Great place for a buisiness stay in Brest.

"Located in the centre of Brest in convinient walking distance of the train station and various restraunts. The scrambled eggs at breakfast are first class, othrwise it's standard fare. Don't bother with room service food, way better to eat out. Nice touch is Nespresso machines in the premier ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2020

Hôtel Le Continental

Top things to do in Brest

Oceanopolis Skip the Line Admission Ticket
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Oceanopolis Skip the Line Admission Ticket

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Reviews of Brest


Guest rating

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 33.333333333333336%
4 - Good
4 - Good 16.666666666666668%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 33.333333333333336%
2 - Disappointing
2 - Disappointing 16.666666666666668%
1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Feb 2020

Fab integrated transport system of trams, buses + teleferique across the river to Capucins; make traveling around the city (and beyond) so simple and such a pleasure. Hop-on hop-off travel using any public transport within 1hr, or a day ticket. :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Oct 2019

A very lovely city with great transport links. I loved the harbour, I found it very peaceful and relaxing. There are also nice restaurants located along the harbour. There are nice shops in the centre and it is easy to walk around.

4/5 - Good


1 Aug 2019

Architecturally not perhaps a beautiful town but actually very charming with good shops and some nice restaurants

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

24 May 2019

I was working there, not on holiday.

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