Rennes, France

Guide for the rail traveller


Local languageFrench
Country France


This ancient city is rich in historical treasures, from the remains of a 3rd century defensive wall to the spectacular 17th century Parliament of Brittany. The medieval-style houses in the centre of Rennes survived a fire in 1720 that raged for a week.

If you like museums you’ll find a very interesting choice of subjects, such as the Ecomusee de Rennes, which covers five centuries of local history, agricultural techniques and eating habits. The Espace Ferrie is another worthwhile attraction, where the history of transmission is explained.

Generally speaking Rennes is a lively place, in part thanks to the university which has around 23,000 students. Fashionable boutiques are in the medieval quarter, and there are chains in the pedestrianised part of the town centre. With over 400 restaurants to choose from there’s undoubtedly a creperie, bistro or fine dining establishment for everyone.

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