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The capital of the festive region and boasting remarkable architecture, Rennes is the perfect destination for a cultural break. On the agenda? A bit of history, a relaxing park and an electrifying science centre!

Sometimes dreamy, sometimes rebellious, this modern university city offers a jump back in time! First stop, Rennes Old Town. Here, the charming streets lined with half-timbered houses give the city a mediaeval atmosphere that's a bit different. Follow rue du Guesclin to St Saviour's Basilica, before discovering the sculpted figures on rue de la Psalette and the remarkable Rennes Cathedral, where the Dukes of Brittany were once crowned. Getting peckish on the way? Stop off in rue du Chapitre, which is packed with restaurants, to tantalise your taste buds with a delicious galette bretonne. If you come at the weekend, visit Place des Lices, where the colourful, and tasty, market has been held since 1622.

Continue walking to the superb Place de l’hôtel de ville, surrounded by bars and shops, before stopping in front of the Palace of the Parlement of Brittany. An example of the grand royal and Parisian decor of the 17th century, this classical building, which has had a troubled history and is now home to the appeal court of Rennes, was the seat of the Parliament of Brittany until the Revolution.

Art lovers will want to stop off on the way at the Museum of Fine Arts, where paintings by Paolo Veronese and Picasso, as well as several treasures by the Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte are on display.

If biodiversity and astronomy are more your thing, then the Espace des Sciences is for you. In this place, which will amaze young and old alike, you can explore science through exhibitions, games and exciting videos! The legendary wizard Merlin, who performed his greatest exploits in the Breton forest of Brocéliande, also has a laboratory there, where you can try out a few experiments...

After strolling around the cobbled streets of the city centre, why not head for the elegant Thabor Park? Combining the lines of French-style formal gardens with the abundant nature of English landscaped gardens, this park is also home to the monks of the Benedictine Abbey of St Melaine. Today, the inhabitants of Rennes flock here in search of relaxation, to listen to music or to lounge in the rose garden, which boasts 2,000 varieties of roses.

There's always something happening in Rennes, but even more so when the very rock'n'roll Rencontres Trans Musicales Festival is on or the Les Tombées de la Nuit Festival, which celebrates street arts every July.

To get here, you can take the high-speed train from Paris, which is only two hours away. By road, the toll-free road network makes it easy to reach major towns in western France.

Where to stay in Rennes

Place des Lices showing a house

Centre

4/5Very Good!(21 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Rennes Cathedral and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Centre. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Republique Station or Sainte Anne Station.

Centre
Villejean, Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

Villejean

While you're strolling through Villejean, you may want to check out the restaurants and shopping. If you want to see more of the area, hop on the metro at Villejean-Universite Station or J.F. Kennedy Station.

Villejean
Dinan - Saint-Malo, Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

Dinan - Saint-Malo

Dinan - Saint-Malo might not have many top sights, but Roazhon Park and Rennes Cathedral are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Dinan - Saint-Malo
Sud-Gare, Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

Sud-Gare

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

While you're strolling through Sud-Gare, you may want to check out the restaurants and historical sites. If you want to see more of the area, hop on the metro at Jacques Cartier Station or Clemenceau Station.

Sud-Gare
Saint-Hélier, Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France

Saint-Hélier

Visitors to Saint-Hélier enjoy its restaurants, and if you want to do some exploring, Place de la Gare is worth a stop.

Saint-Hélier
Thabor Botanic Gardens showing a park and flowers

Thabor - Saint-Hélier

Visitors to Thabor - Saint-Hélier like its bars and parks, and Thabor Botanic Gardens is a sight worth a stop.

Thabor - Saint-Hélier

Top hotels in Rennes

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Le Voltaire
Le Voltaire
2 out of 5
10 Rue Guébriant, Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine
The price is £37 per night

Located in Cleunay, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ecole Maitre Crepier and Roazhon Park. Rennes Cathedral and Halles Centrales are also within 2 miles ...

4/5Very Good! (346 reviews)
Cute Hotel

"Love this Quirky hotel.Have stayed previously and just as nice as I remember. Excellent value for money.. Breakfast simple but only 8 Euro and includes fresh orange juice. Friendly staff. Very comfortable bed."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

Le Voltaire
Aparthotel Adagio access Rennes Centre
Aparthotel Adagio access Rennes Centre
35 rue d'Antrain, Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine
The price is £46 per night

Located in Centre, this residence is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from University of Rennes and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Roazhon Park. Le Couvent des Jacobins and Parliament ...

4.2/5Very Good! (427 reviews)

"thank you very much, hope to come back more time again,"…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2020

Aparthotel Adagio access Rennes Centre
Novotel Spa Rennes Centre Gare
Novotel Spa Rennes Centre Gare
4 out of 5
22 avenue Janvier, Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine
The price is £92 per night

Located in Centre, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Place de la Gare and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Roazhon Park. Espace des Sciences and Musee de Bretagne are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (411 reviews)
Wonderful time

"Wonderful location, rooms and service"…"

Reviewed on 5 Sep 2019

Novotel Spa Rennes Centre Gare

Popular places to visit in Rennes

Rennes Cathedral
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Rennes Cathedral

4/5(7 reviews)

Peruse the intriguing pictorial art and see rare marble from the Roman Forum in this Roman Catholic cathedral encompassing many styles.

Thabor Botanic Gardens
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Thabor Botanic Gardens

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Examine the bulb flowers, camellias, roses and dahlias along the circular paths in this delightful part of Rennes’ central park.

Place des Lices
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Place des Lices

4/5(1 review)

Watch the artists, florists and food sellers in this busy square that has been hosting market sellers since the late 15th century.

Parliament of Brittany
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Parliament of Brittany

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Inspect the marvelous array of 17th-century art displayed in this historic legislative building.

Musee de Bretagne
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Musee de Bretagne

Discover the true facts behind an extraordinary treason case and browse fascinating items spanning centuries to learn about Brittany’s past.

Rennes Opera House
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Rennes Opera House

4.5/5(3 reviews)

You can enjoy a show at Rennes Opera House during your stay in Rennes. While you're here, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Rennes

Day Trip to Mont Saint-Michel and Saint-Malo from Rennes with driver-guide
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Day Trip to Mont Saint-Michel and Saint-Malo from Rennes with driver-guide

£836
Per adult
Private Transfer from Rennes Airport to Rennes City - Up to 7 People
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Private Transfer from Rennes Airport to Rennes City - Up to 7 People

£80
Per adult
Day trip with local driver to Mont Saint-Michel from Rennes
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Day trip with local driver to Mont Saint-Michel from Rennes

£443
Per adult
Private transfer from Rennes to Mont saint Michel
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Private transfer from Rennes to Mont saint Michel

£207
Per adult
Private Transfer from Rennes to Mont-Saint-Michel - Up to 7 People
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Private Transfer from Rennes to Mont-Saint-Michel - Up to 7 People

£229
Per adult
Private Day Trip to Mont Saint-Michel from Saint-Malo with local driver-guide
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Private Day Trip to Mont Saint-Michel from Saint-Malo with local driver-guide

£735
Per adult

Reviews of Rennes

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Jul 2019

A very nice place.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Jun 2019

beutiful place and quite city. I didnt get taxi to airport on weekend. Taxi service is very few, prepare well in time or pre book if you need a taxi.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

21 May 2019

Rennes can be seen in half a day, the only reason I would tell people to go here is to use it as a base to get to Mont St Michel - but once that's done, get out of there; there is seriously nothing to do especially on a Sunday when it closes!

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