Bienvenue to Rennes, Brittany’s radiant capital city. Festive, lively and elegant, Rennes is a great destination for discovering the beauties of Brittany. When you breeze through the terminal at Southampton airport you’ll fly to Rennes in super quick time, too. It only takes 48 minutes. So with the chateaux of the Loire and Brittany’s beaches all within easy reach, it’s never been easier to get to the continent for a weekend jolly or longer holiday.

Rennes is great for exploring. Hire a bike or simply wander. There’s the Thabor Botanical Gardens, Brittany's Parliament Building, the Brittany Theatre and great museums to the amazing new Science Centre. Visit Rennes and find something for everyone.

And when you’re done exploring, settle into Rennes lively gastro scene. Bar hop downtown, rest awhile in pavement cafes and buzzing brasseries. If you’re visiting on a weekend, make sure you get up in time to catch one of France’s biggest outdoor markets – Marché des Lices - held every Saturday.

Getting there

Breeze through the terminal at Southampton airport and fly to Rennes in just 48 minutes with Flybe. The ideal gateway to explore the west of France, Rennes airport is situated only 10 minutes away from the city centre.

If you don’t need to pick up a hire car, taxis will take you on to your destination. Or pick up the number 57 bus. It takes 20 minutes from the AireLibre/Aéroport stopin Saint-Jacques de la Lande and goes to the République stop near the central Place de la Mairie.

Top things to see and do

Parliament Building

Brittany’s historic seat of political power is postcard perfect. Take a tour in the Grand Chamber for its magnificent interior decoration – all coffered ceilings, carved and gilt panels. 

Green Scene

Found right in the centre of the city, the Thabor Botanical Gardens have 10 hectares to meander, from rose gardens to formal spaces. 

Star Spotting

Les Champs Libres Science Centre & Planetarium is a brilliant spot for some next-gen stargazing – kids will love the 3D shows in the Planetarium that bring the galaxy above to life. 

Off the beaten track


Stuff of Arthurian legend, Brocéliande is the fabled forest of King Arthur just 18 miles from Rennes. Take a mystical journey through a fairytale chateau and find the Fountain of Youth. 

Chic chateaux

Amazing chateaux aren’t just the preserve of the nearby Loire, there’s plenty to explore right on your doorstep. Not far from Rennes, is the pretty town of Châteaugiron. 

Culture vultures

Follow in the footsteps of post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin and head to the pretty village of Pont-Aven, where he liked to paint. 


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