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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Top Historical Vannes landmarks
Traverse through the finest landmarks and famous historical buildings of Vannes.
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Chateau de Suscinio Route du Duc Jean V 56370 Sarzeau, France
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
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 Brittany. On this marshy land there is loads of natural flora and fauna that give the castle an environment so majestic, it feels like you have been t...
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12:01 am - 12:00 am
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 rich and quite violent. The city had been besieged more than five times by its enemies and hence the protective measures have only increased and the for...
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Place de la Congregation 56120 Josselin, France
02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
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 have made an impact on the building of the castle. The facade is gothic, the dining room, inspired by the middle ages and the interiors, just magnific...
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10 Place de la Chapelle 56340 Carnac, France
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
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 stones. This museum is a place where you can seek some explanation for the kilometres of mysterious structures that lie out of it. Discover how the prehis...
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22 rue des Chanoines, Vannes, France
08:30 am - 07:00 pm
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 Century, all the modifications are gothic. This adds to the personality of this already important place.
The height of this building is intimidating ...
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Town Centre, Vannes, France.
12:01 am - 12:00 am
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 and the timbered construction as you sip a cup of coffee, sitting in one of those numerous cafes that have been opened at the ground floor of most of t...
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Le Petit Mont 56640 Arzon, France
11:00 am - 06:30 pm
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 mystery into the mind of its observer. If you trek to the top, you will see the Atlantic Ocean. And you will understand the Germans’ decision then to ...
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Domain Kerguehennec, A property of the Department of Morbihan, 56500 Bignan, France
12:00 pm - 06:00 pm
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 India Company, this castle has been home to many important families throughout its lifetime. But now it is a property of the department of Morbihan. Now ...
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Le Hahon 56340 Carnac, France
02:00 pm - 07:00 pm
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 and daring? Then get ready to explore the different trials as they all promise a different destination and a promising challenge. But the best part is,...
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Aero Tandem Celtic LTD, Aerodrome De Vannes Meucon, 56250 Vannes Meucon, Morbihan
12:01 am - 12:00 am
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 parachute jumping. Feel the ultimate thrill and freedom as you leave the ground and fly. From an aircraft you will be made to jump from the height of...
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Place Maurice Marchais 56000 Vannes
08:00 am - 06:00 pm
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 sculptures and beautiful pilasters. The town hall is not only important for its architectural value but also its historical value. In 1878, the republica...
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2 rue Noah BP 509 56019 Vannes, France
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
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 across centuries. Built in the 15th century, this manor still maintains its original layout. The exhibits are arranged in a chronological fashion, ...
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Gavrinis isle, Larmor-Baden Village, France
09:30 am - 07:00 pm
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 saw the first session of excavations. Since then, this island has gone through a series of more exploratory ventures and many attempts of restoration. ...
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Le Bon Repos, 22570 Saint-Gelven, France
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
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 medieval but was recently restored in 1986 after it’d been burnt to ruins by the royalists in 1795. With that rich a history, a place deserves to be...
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Basilique Sainte Anne - 9 rue de Vannes - 56400 Sainte-Anne d'Auray, France
09:00 am - 06:30 pm
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 region and asked him to build a chapel. After a lot of discussion of proofs, where the whole village testified to the frequent appearances of St.Anne, t...