Vannes is the capital of Morbihan and is located on the southern coast of Brittany. Built on the foundations of a fortified Roman town, the city boasts an intriguing mix of antiquity and urbanisation, with its medieval structures, cathedrals, cobbled streets, narrow lanes, 15th-century houses, old wooden carving, influences of traditional Breton architectural trend, museums and galleries.

One of the best ways to make the most of your time in the historic city and to understand the true essence of the attractive sights is to indulge in some of the best historic attractions in Vannes which include castles like Chateau De Suscinio, Chateau De Josselin, Les Tours D'elven and Ranrouet Castle 'sentinel of The Marshes.' Other top historic attractions in Vannes include Musee De Prehistoire, Cathedrale Saint Pierre, The Petit Mont Cair, Cairn of The Isle of Gavrinis, Sainte-anne D'auray and Prieure Saint-etienne. Vannes is also home to a number of museums that showcase various artefacts from the different time periods like Musee D'histoire Et D'Archelogie and the Musée de la Cohue. The beauty and the long history of Vannes create a mysterious ambience in the atmosphere, that leaves you craving for more.

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Let's witness the history of Vannes with these top historical monuments and landmarks:

  1. Chateau De Suscinio

    #1 of 22 Historical Places in Vannes
    Chateau De Suscinio

    Tags: Beach, Castle, Historical Site, Entertainment

    Address: Chateau de Suscinio Route du Duc Jean V 56370 Sarzeau, France

    Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    Near the coast of the Atlantic Ocean is this magnificent and huge castle. Located in the village of Sarzeau, Morbihan, this place was built in the late middle ages to be the residence of the Dukes of ...Read more

  2. Old City Walls Of Vannes

    #2 of 22 Historical Places in Vannes
    Old City Walls Of Vannes

    Tags: Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Tower

    Address: Vannes, France

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    They might look immaculately built for the beauty of them, but the old walls of Vannes are really the fortifications that enclose the city that was not so calm in its past. The history of Vannes is ri...Read more

  3. Chateau De Josselin

    #3 of 22 Historical Places in Vannes
    Chateau De Josselin

    Tags: Museum, River, Tour, Castle

    Address: Place de la Congregation 56120 Josselin, France

    Timings: 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm Details

    Standing on the banks of the Oust River is this medieval castle that has been standing there for almost a millennium now. The renaissance era and the feudal architecture of the old times both seem to ...Read more

  4. Musee De Prehistoire

    #4 of 22 Historical Places in Vannes
    Musee De Prehistoire

    Tags: Museum, Outdoors, Archaeological Site , Natural History Museum

    Address: 10 Place de la Chapelle 56340 Carnac, France

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    This is a place dedicated solely to the Neolithic period (5500-2200BC). Here, in Carnac, the prehistoric people made monolithic graves for their dead and they also did artistic alignment with the ston...Read more

  5. Cathedrale Saint Pierre

    #5 of 22 Historical Places in Vannes
    Cathedrale Saint Pierre

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Cathedral

    Address: 22 rue des Chanoines, Vannes, France

    Timings: 08:30 am - 07:00 pm Details

    Right in the middle of the city is this imposing structure. Originally built in Romanesque style in the year 1020, this place of worship has never stopped evolving. Highlights include: Since the 15th...Read more

  6. Place Henri I V

    #6 of 22 Historical Places in Vannes
    Place Henri I V

    Tags: Outdoors, Cafe, Heritage Building

    Address: Town Centre, Vannes, France.

    In the heart of Vannes is its Town Centre. These old buildings that date back to the 14th Century are so well maintained still, that they make you feel like a time-traveller. Admire the slated roofs a...Read more

  7. The Petit Mont Cair

    #7 of 22 Historical Places in Vannes
    The Petit Mont Cair

    Tags: Outdoors, Historical Site

    Address: Le Petit Mont 56640 Arzon, France

    Timings: 11:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

    In the town of Arzon, at the end of the Rhuys peninsula is the megalithic site of The Petit Mont Cair. The stone structure that rises 36m above the sea level is surely a sight that would infuse myster...Read more

  8. Kerguehennec Chateau

    #8 of 22 Historical Places in Vannes
    Kerguehennec Chateau

    Tags: Art Gallery, Garden, Park, Educational Site

    Address: Domain Kerguehennec, A property of the Department of Morbihan, 56500 Bignan, France

    Timings: 12:00 pm - 06:00 pm Details

    Twenty kilometresto the north of Vannes is this scenic yet imposing castle. This stately building is surrounded by gardens. Built in the Eighteenth century for two wealthy shareholders of the East Ind...Read more

  9. Foret Adrenaline

    #9 of 22 Historical Places in Vannes
    Foret Adrenaline

    Tags: Beach, Park, Walking Area, Picnic Spot

    Address: Le Hahon 56340 Carnac, France

    Timings: 02:00 pm - 07:00 pm Details

    An adventure park situated inside a 5 hectare forest, this place is a family fun site. Located just five minutes from the beach, this place has thirteen  trails and 210 workshops. Are you brave a...Read more

  10. Aero Tandem Celtic

    #10 of 22 Historical Places in Vannes
    Aero Tandem Celtic

    Tags: Outdoors, Historical Site, Monument, Adventure

    Address: Aero Tandem Celtic LTD, Aerodrome De Vannes Meucon, 56250 Vannes Meucon, Morbihan

    Vannes is a beautiful place full of old historic monuments and promises of tranquillity. But if you need a break from looking and learning, it is time for an adventure! Aero Tandem Celtic is known for...Read more

  11. Hotel De Ville

    #11 of 22 Historical Places in Vannes
    Hotel De Ville

    Tags: Hotel, Castle, Architecture

    Address: Place Maurice Marchais 56000 Vannes

    Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    A castle built in the neo-renaissance style, this monument is an architectural wonder situated right in the middle of the city. Its white facade has been ornamented with intricate columns, telling scu...Read more

  12. Musee D'histoire Et D'Archelogie

    #12 of 22 Historical Places in Vannes
    Musee D'histoire Et D'Archelogie

    Tags: Museum, Historical Site, Archaeological Site , Natural History Museum

    Address: 2 rue Noah BP 509 56019 Vannes, France

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Vannes is an old city. The one thing that you’d expect it to have if not anything else, is a museum. Well, there is one. And how! The exhibits in this place have been collected and preserved acr...Read more

  13. Cairn Of The Isle Of Gavrinis

    #13 of 22 Historical Places in Vannes
    Cairn Of The Isle Of Gavrinis

    Tags: Outdoors, Island, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site

    Address: Gavrinis isle, Larmor-Baden Village, France

    Timings: 09:30 am - 07:00 pm Details

    On an island of Granite called Gavrinis, you will find that the time has stopped running, long back. Situated in the Gulf of Morbihan, this place is one of the best preserved sites in Brittany. 1835 s...Read more

  14. Abbaye De Bon-repos

    #14 of 22 Historical Places in Vannes
    Abbaye De Bon-repos

    Tags: Art And Culture, Historical Site, Market, Exhibition

    Address: Le Bon Repos, 22570 Saint-Gelven, France

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Located in the town of Saint-Gelvin, overlooking the beautiful Nantes-Brest canal is the Abbey of Bon Repos. Lovers of contemporary art should not miss this place. The intimidating building looks medi...Read more

  15. Sainte-anne D'auray

    #15 of 22 Historical Places in Vannes
    Sainte-anne D'auray

    Tags: Art Gallery, History Museum, Statue, Architecture

    Address: Basilique Sainte Anne - 9 rue de Vannes - 56400 Sainte-Anne d'Auray, France

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

    This is a village that is located 3 miles from Auray. It is famous for its sanctuary and its pilgrimages in the honour of St.Anne. It is said that she appeared to a simple and pious villager in the re...Read more

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