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Rennes

Country
France
State
Ille et Vilaine
City
Rennes
Type of Location
Multiple
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How to Reach

By plane

Rennes airport has budget flights to and from Southampton, Belfast, Birmingham and Exeter thanks to Flybe, or Dublin and Cork with Aerlingus which has good offers. The airport is less than 5km away from the city center, and bus No 57 links it with the city.
Dinard/Pleurtuit/Saint-Malo Airport. One hour away, Dinard's airport offers other cheap options, with for example a connection to London with Ryanair

By train

Gare de Rennes The easiest way to get to Rennes from Paris is through Gare Montparnasse. There are TGVs almost every 30 minutes and the ride is 2hrs and 3 min. Tickets are available on the SNCF website, and between 25 and 65 Euros for one way. If you're under 26 years old, and planning to travel in France by train, get the "carte 12-25" (49 €) which will offers you 50% off most of the time.
The Rennes Train Station also provides train service to Nantes, Brest, Quimper, St. Brieuc, and other cites in Brittany.

By shared ride

The cheapest way will be covoiturage or car-sharing. A lot of websites offer information about people wishing to share their car and budget. 123envoiture.com or Allostop will help you out. Since 1968, traveling by car on motorways within Brittany is free thanks to a deal made between René Pleven and Georges Pompidou.

By bus

Rennes has also an international and local bus station, right next to the rail station. This is where you can get information about Illenoo (see below) and where buses such as Eurolines

Key places to visit
Rennes Cathedral, Parlement of Brittany, Mont Saint Michel, Saint-Malo


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Places to Visit

Rennes Cathedral

Rennes Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral, and located in the town of Rennes. It is a monument historique since 1906.It is the seat of the Archbishops of Rennes, previously Bishops of Rennes.The site has been used for a cathedral more or less from the beginnings of the see in the 6th century. The earliest building was completely replaced by a Gothic cathedral in the 12th century, of which in 1490 the tower and the entire west front collapsed. The existing façade with its neoclassical granite towers in four stages was constructed over the next two centuries or so, with long gaps between the different stages: the lowest level was built between 1541 and 1543, the second from 1640 to 1654 (by Tugal Caris), and the fourth (by Pierre Corbineau) from 1654 to 1678. Yet another architect, François Hoguet, completed the towers, between 1679 and 1704, at their present height of 48 metres and added the device of Louis XVI between them.

Parlement of Brittany

The Parlement of Brittany  was a court of justice, under France’s Ancien Régime, with its seat at Rennes. The last building to house the parlement still stands and is now the Rennes Court of Appeal, the natural successor of the parlement.As with all the parlements of France under the Ancien Régime, the parlement of Brittany was a sovereign court of justice, principally listening to appeals of sentences issued by lower jurisdictions. The parlement also possessed legislative powers, asserting some autonomy with respect to the royal prerogative. The nobles of Brittany were keen to defend the rights of the province, known as the "Breton liberties", maintained by the treaty of union with France. They were determined to exercise these powers and to play a big part in the life of the parlement and consequently in the life of the whole province.

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel is a small UNESCO World Heritage site located on an island just off the coast of the northern French region of Normandie. The island is best known as the site of the spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the peak of the rocky island, surrounded by the winding streets and convoluted architecture of the medieval town.

Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo is a small walled coastal town in Brittany .Once the feared base of pirates , heavily fortified against Norman attack, today's Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws in Brittany. The star of the show is the atmospheric walled city , largely destroyed in the second world war but painstakingly reconstructed. The modern towns of Parame and Saint-Servan lie outside the walls

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