Day Trips: Ille et Vilaine (35)

Musee Chateau des Rochers-Sevigne
17th Century Chateau, the Breton residence of Mme de Sevigne see portraits and souvenirs belonging to the Marquise. Explore the gardens and stroll along the avenues of the Parc des Rochers.
Le Jardin Anglais du Manoir de la Chaussee
Port de Roche (north-east of Redon). The gardens have more than 10,000 varied and rare plants, a rose garden, Mediterranean garden, water features and modern structures. Open May to November Wednesdneday and weekends
Jardins Baroques du Chateau de la Ballue
Situated north-east of Combourg. Baroque gardens with some elaborate topiary and over 5,000 trees. Open May to September, Fridays, weekends and bank holidays from 13:00 - 17:00 (every day from mid-July to the end of August).
Galerie Divet
Near the Maison du Guesclin in the centre of Old Rennes at 4 rue Saint-Guillaume, this gallery features a selection of paintings, 19th - 20th century sculptures, works from Breton schools and by official French Navy painters, and post-war art.
Guide Peche en Mer a St-Malo
Sea fishing at 16 Rue Auguste Hovius, Saint Malo (35).
Musee Manoir de Jacques Cartier - St Malo
The manor house of Limoelou is a memorial to Jacques Cartier, who discovered Canada in 1534. The manor has been restored to show his daily life and travels. Based at rue David MacDonald Stewart (35). Guided tours available throughout the year.
Rennes, Métropole d'art et d'histoire
Mediaeval streets with timber-framed houses compared to more formal 18th-century royal squares. The Brittany Parliament building contrasts the Champs Libres centre (housing a museum, Science Centre and Planetaruim). Contact tourist office for guided tour
The Esse Megaliths
This 19.5 metre-long gallery tomb dating from 3000 BC is made up of around forty purple schist slabs. Visit on the 21st December when it is illuminated in the monuments interior. Based at La Roche aux Fees (56).
Stones and Nature ( Pierre et Nature ) circuit
The pedagogical signposts all along this cross-country route will provide all the keys you need to explore the remarkable architectural features and the landscape. Based at Maison pierres et nature, Melle (35).
Atelier du Verre
Watch and learn the art of glass blowing and stroll round the gallery at 4, rue Radegonde, St-Meloir -Des-Ondes (35).
Grand Aquarium - Saint-Malo
Aquarium with 3D cinema, historic and other discovery and a nautibus for viewing trips. At ave du General Patton, St Malo.
Les Ballons d'Emeraude
Balloon trips lasting for two hours during the day or evening. Located at rue de la Crochais, Pleurtuit (35). English speaker.
Galeire Ombre & Lumiere
Art gallery with 8 exhibitions annually at 9 rue des Cordiers, St Malo (35).
lAtelier du Verre
Glass blowing studio where you can watch the glassware being created. Also exhibition room. Open daily in summer, closed Monday off season. At 4 rue Radegonde, St Meloir des Ondes.
Ballons DEmeraude
Hot air ballon rides located at Rue de la Crochais, Pleurtuit (35).
Parc Floral de Haute Bretagne, Chateau de la Foltiere
Situated just north of Fougeres. Large private gardens, including a botanical garden, secret garden, various water features and rose gardens. Open to the public from March to mid-November with a number of festivals throughout the year.
Condor Ferries
Ferry connections between Poole or Weymouth and St Malo. Plus St Malo to Jersey and Guernsey. Timetable and booking online.
Domaine de Tremelin
In Broceilande country, at the Domaine de Tremelin, discover "Escaladarbres ciruits" (ages 3 and above), water sports - pedalos, boatds, canoeing/kayaking, climbing aand paintballing. Challenges and treasures hunts available on request.
Medreac et ses environs
This scenic road train travels the neighbouring countryside enabling the visitors to explore the village, the Neo-Gothic church, Cross of the seven wolves, ancient architecture, Lampouy megaliths, history and legends of the area. Based at Gare de Medrea
Musee dHistorie
The history museum in the chateau of St-Malo (grand dungeon and general tour) is dedicated to the history of the town and its famous inhabitants. Based at Esplande felicite Lamennais (35).
Le Petit Train de St Malo
Guided tours (30 min) with English commentary on the small tourist train through the significant sights of the walled town and port. At St Vincent Gate, St Malo.
Parc du château de Combourg
Park and grounds surrounding the chateau. The park is open from April to October Sundays to Fridays from 09:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 17:30. Situated at 23 rue des Princes (35).
Musee du Chateau a Vitre
Housed in the Chateau, the museum was founded in 1876 by Arthur de la Broderie showing decorative objects reflecting the history of Vitre. Closed Tuesday during winter.
Atelier Aurore David
Local artist displaying paintings at 5 Hameau des Vignets, Le Minihic Sur Rance (35).
Place Vendome
Art gallery showing contemptory art and sculptures at 30 rue du Marechal Leclerc, Dinard (35). Open all year except Monday.
La Bourbansais Zoo
La Bourbansais Zoo is involved in protecting endangered species, here you will find over 60 species set in the grounds of a Chateau. Situated in Pleugueneuc (35).
Air Game - Tremelin
Paintball, open daily on reservation. Special games can be arranged for night-time. At Tremelin, 20min from Rennes.
Parc Floral de Haute Bretagne
Botanical gardens of the Chateau de la Foltiere near Fougeres.
Musee des Beaux Arts - Rennes
Situated at 20 Quai Emile Zola. This museum has works from the 14th to the 21st centuries, including paintings by Picasso and Rubens, plus sculptures, statues and archaeological collections relating to the Egyptian and Greco-Roman civilisations.
Les Jardins du Montmarin
Located at Pleurtuit (35). The Chateau is approached through a court yard dating back to the 18th century. The gardens have a botanical collection and a formal French garden. The is a park nursery open all year round.
Brasserie Sainte Colombe
Breton beer, tastings, shop and tour of brewery. Located at Gonny Everts-Keiser, La Landelle, Sainte-Colombe (35).
Cathedrale Saint-Pierre De Rennes
Exhibitions and architecture at rue de la Monnaie (35).
Fougeres, une ville medievale
Fougeres offers a castle dated from 11th-15th century (open from 1st February until 31st December), a 14th century bell tower, 19th century theatre, Renaissance town hall, Gothic churches and industrial heritage - with a guide or a stroll around town.
Atelier "Aquarance"
Art gallery displaying mainly oil paintings at Greve du Tanet, Le Minihic sur Rance (35). Open every day except Thursday and Friday.
Air Game - Dol de Bretagne
Paintballing located at Dol de Bretagne (35). Open all year.
Enigmaparc, Parc de Loisirs Couvert
Follow the adventures of Enigmus (the book seller adventurer). Experience worlds and times as diverse as ancient Egypt, Asia and the mediaeval and Celtic periods. Based at Janze (35).
Chateau de Bonnefontaine - Antrain
15th-16th Breton renaissance style, surronded by English-style landscape gardens at Antrain.
Nature Reserve - Cancale
The lle des Landes is home to one of the largest sea bird colonies including shag and black backed gulls at the Pointe Grouin headland at Cancale.
Musee International du Long-Cours Cap-Hornier
Museum of maritime history and traditions, specialising in commercial sea traffic on board the sailing ships on the Cape Horn route in the wake of the Dutch and Saint-Malo crews. Based at Esplande du Cdt Menguy.
Ombre et Lumiere
Art gallery with 8 exhibitions per year. At 9 rue des Cordiers, St Malo.
Art Men
Art gallery includes sculptures, cermanics and paintings at 27, rue de Dinan (centre bourg), Pleurtuit (35).
Guided tour of Pointe du Moulinet
Dinard dominates the Rance estuary from its headland and offers a magnificient panoramic view of both the Rance River and the English channel. Contact the Office de Tourisme, 2 Boulevard Feart. Tickets at the tourist board before the visits start.
REC Roller
Roller hockey based at 5 Square Rene Coty, Rennes (35). Open to all.
Western Waterways museum
On the banks of Redons marina in the Jean Bart Quay and clearly visible with its 2 real locks doors, come and discover inland western waterways transport.
Bazouges la Perouse
The three galleries house work by contempory artists all year round. Discovery workshops and cultural events are also held each season. Based at 10 rue de leglise.
Visit a barge - Redon
The construction and function of canals, naval construction, transported merchandise and everyday life. Based at Musee de la Batellerie de lOuest (35).
La Fede - The Oust Valley
Located at 5, rue Jacques Prado, Redon (35). Includes a climbing place for beginners, tree climbing (possibility for children to sleep in the trees). La Fede" offers qualified supervision for rock and tree climbing along with canoeing and biking.
Loheac Evenements
Based at 15, rue de Rennes (35). There is a track of 1500 meters, stands with panoramic terrace, infrastructures receiving National and International competitions. Throughout the year there are endurance races 2, 4, 6 or 24 for beginner or professional
Demeure de Corsaire
Located at 5 rue dAsfeld, Saint Malo (35). Built in 1725, the house is listed as an Historic Monument. The Privateers House is open for visits and available for functions.
LAtelier du Verre
Situated 4 rue de Radegonde (just east of St Malo). Glass workshop with glass blowing demonstrations and 15 minute trial sessions through to full week courses. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays (every day in July and August). Free admission.
Le Train Marin, Cherrueix
At Gare St Michel, centre Bourg (west of Mont St Michel). This train is tractor-powered and you go on a journey along the waters edge. Discover the mussel breeding grounds and traditional fishing methods from the 11th century.
Jardin Atelier Monik Rabaste
Art Gallery situated at La Haye, St-Briac Sur Mer (35). open all year and showing paintings, sculptures and sketches.
Croisieres Chateaubriand
Based at Barrage de la Rance, Gare Maritime. Cruises with bar and brasserie or take your own picnic. Two cruises available lasting one and a half hours or three hours.
La Petanque Redonnaise
This club has an indoor boulodrome with 50 courts and is the largest in Brittany. Theres also an outdoor, shaded boulodrome on cours Clemenceau in the centre of town between the mairie and the railway line, open to everyone.
Les Secrets de la Soie : Silk Museum
Guided tour (or free commentaries in English) takes you through the history of the silk world, living silkworms and contempory creations in silk. Based in 35.
Bretagne Croisieres
Situated at 75 rue de Vannes, Redon (56). Fully equipped boats for hire, 2 to 12 people, no licence required. Available for weekends or a week.
Atelier Musée de l'Horlogerie (Fougères)
In the setting of a 16th Century building at 37 rue Nationale (35) this watch making museum and workshop helps unveil the secrets of clocks on buildings, Louis XV wall clocks, and antique watches of our ancestors.
Palais des Glaces
Gallery of decorated glass at 39 bis, rue Levavasseur (au fond du Passage), Dinard (35).
Musee Saint-Nicolas a Vitre
Museum of "reigious art" specialising in church plate from the 19th century and first half of the 20th century, housed in the historic "Chapelle des hopitaux", Rue Pasteur.
Parlement De Bretagne (Rennes)
Located at place du Parlement-de-Bretagne, Rennes (35). See the architecture, plus enjoy the exhibitions held throughout the year.
Violette Seminel
Art Gallery located at Digue de lEcluse, Promenade Pablo Picasso, Dinard (35). Open all year.
Les Naufrages du Temps
Art gallery with contemporary paintings and sculpture and a selection of crafts. At 4 bis rue St Thomas, St Malo.
Club Croisieres Alet - St.Malo
Situated at 44 rue Dauphine. Hire of sailing and motor boats.
Galerie des Sablons
Contemporary art - paintings, sculptures and ceramics at 13 rue de Siam a Saint-Servan, Saint Malo (35).
Donkey and cart trips - Saint Just
Located at Association "Les Galopins" Poubreuil (35). Open all year on reservation. 1 hour long promenades in a cart pulled by a donkey in the listed natural site of Saint Just. Children, Adults, disabled people, activities can be adapted.
Air Game Paintballing
Situated at Dol-de-Bretagne (directly north of Combourg).
Musee de La Faucillonnaire
Set in a 15th to 17th century manor house in the Vitre area. The ground floor of the museum is set like a farmhouse with typical rural furniture and local handicrafts. Upstairs represents the master craftmans house.