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Quimper
Travel Guide

Situated in western Brittany and the capital of the Finistère department, Quimper is the beating heart of Breton culture, with a rich and varied heritage.

Founded in the Middle Ages, Quimper was also the capital of the former Cornouaille region (historically connected with Cornwall in the UK). Rich in art and history, the city's heritage is very varied. Its most remarkable facet is its religious heritage: Quimper has numerous outstanding religious buildings, including Saint-Corentin Cathedral in the city centre which is a nationally listed historical monument, the Norman priory church of Locmaria and Kerfeunteun Trinity Church.

Quimper is also famous for its distinctive earthenware with traditional Breton decorative work depicting scenes of rural life and colourful flowers. The HB Henriot pottery is the most famous manufacturer and the last still in operation, and is open to the public from April to September. You can also visit the Museum of Earthenware, which traces the history of this craft that is so closely connected to the city's development.

For those with an interest in medieval architecture, Old Quimper is fascinating to stroll around. Situated close to the cathedral, between the River Odet and the River Steir, this district is notable for its narrow pedestrianised streets, half-timbered façades, old houses such as the Maison des Cariatides, and the remains of the city ramparts.

Quimper is also well known for being one of the capitals of contemporary Breton culture, together with Lorient. For instance, the city has numerous bagadoù (traditional music bands) and hosts a variety of events throughout the year that explore aspects of Breton culture. Undoubtedly the most famous of these is the Festival de Cornouaille, which takes place every July. This festival showcases a combination of traditional music and dance with more modern concerts, to ensure there is something for everyone.

For discovering the ancient Cornouaille region, this is the perfect place to start. Make the most of your holiday in Quimper!

Mercure Quimper Centre
Mercure Quimper Centre
4 out of 5
The price is £55 per night from 7 May to 8 May
Situated in Quimper, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral of Saint Corentin of Quimper, Departmental Breton Museum and Petit Train Quimper. Musee ...
3.9/5Very Good! (248 reviews)
"It was a decent hotel, good to stay with kids"

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2020

Mercure Quimper Centre
Terres de France - Appart'Hotel Quimper
Terres de France - Appart'Hotel Quimper
3 out of 5
The price is £58 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
Located in the heart of Quimper, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Cornouaille Theatre, Petit Train Quimper and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Departmental ...
4.4/5Excellent! (225 reviews)
Nice and clean
"Good friendly service, nice and clean. Area isn't the nicest but convenient walk into the centre"

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2019

Terres de France - Appart'Hotel Quimper
Manoir des Indes, The Originals Relais (Relais du Silence)
Manoir des Indes, The Originals Relais (Relais du Silence)
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £94 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Situated in Quimper, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Cornouaille Theatre, Museum of Earthenware Quimper and Petit Train Quimper. Musee des Beaux-Arts ...
4.3/5Excellent! (63 reviews)
A Little Piece of Heaven
"We spent 10 days driving and staying in different places around Brittany, mostly on the coast, I kept seeing the Manoir on searches and eventually decided it would be our 'treat'. Boy was it a treat. We loved it. Beautiful grounds, sadly we didn't have the best weather to enjoy them but luckily we ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2020

Manoir des Indes, The Originals Relais (Relais du Silence)
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Terres de France - Appart'Hotel Quimper
Terres de France - Appart'Hotel Quimper
3 out of 5
The price is £58 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
Located in the heart of Quimper, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Cornouaille Theatre, Petit Train Quimper and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Departmental ...
4.4/5Excellent! (225 reviews)
Nice and clean
"Good friendly service, nice and clean. Area isn't the nicest but convenient walk into the centre"

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2019

Terres de France - Appart'Hotel Quimper
Camping de l'Orangerie de Lanniron
Camping de l'Orangerie de Lanniron
5 out of 5
29 ALLEE DE LANNIRON, Quimper
The price is £174 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
This family-friendly Quimper campsite is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of The Locmaria Priory Garden and Museum of Earthenware Quimper. Jardin ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"Die Unterkunft war bei unserer Ankunft sauber, die Einrichtung neuwertig und mit dem Nötigsten ausgestatten."

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2020

Camping de l'Orangerie de Lanniron
Atypical Housing Wellness IN THE Heart OF Nature
Atypical Housing Wellness IN THE Heart OF Nature
85 Route de Pluguffan, Quimper, Brittany
The price is £171 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Situated in Quimper, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of The Locmaria Priory Garden, Departmental Breton Museum and Petit Train Quimper. Musee ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
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"Très bien reçu , et l’endroit était top ! Merci à vous Cordialement"

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2021

Atypical Housing Wellness IN THE Heart OF Nature
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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21 Oct 2019

Most of centre traffic-free, good shops, plenty of places to eat and drink, whole of centre historic with medieval buildings, market

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21 Sep 2019

For any beer enthusiasts there is an excellent craft ale bar called 'Only Bears'. The owner brews one of the beers.

5/5 - Excellent

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12 Sep 2019

Lovely welcoming city -cathedral magnificent, goid museums, variety of things to do and enjoy. Range of bars, restaurants and creperies to choose from

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