Museums: Ille et Vilaine
Eco Musee - Rennes
Located south of Rennes, this museum covers five centuries of history. A signposted tour with 19 varieties of rare farm animal illustrating Breton agriculture. Based at route de Noyal, Chatillon-sur-Seiche (35). Open throughout the year.
Musee Louison Bobet
Explore the Musee Louison Bobet at 5 Rue de Gael (35) where you can trace the career of Brittanys great cycling champion, it features his cycling jerseys, photos, bicycles and videos. Closed Tuesdays except in July, August and September, open from 1
Chateau de Caradeuc
Vast park embellished with statues, columns and monuments. Historic monument. Park open to visitors. Located at Becherel (35).
La Catherale St Vincent
Built from the 12th to 18th Centuries and partially destroyed during the Second World War. Interesting stained glass windows and church furniture. Based at St Malo (35).
Park of the Chateau de Bonnefontaine
15th-16th Breton renaissance style, surronded by English-style landscape gardens based at Antrain (35).
Musee de la Soie
Museum of silk production, includes the history and Marco Polos travels, the nuturing of the silkworm from egg to moth and the spinning of fabric and manufacture of traditional silk garments. Guided tours in English. At La Sorais, Campel.
Musee des Transmissions
Visit this museum and trace the history of information and communication technologies through the ages. Open every day from 14:00 - 18:00, except Tuesdays, 1st January, 1st May and Christmas day. Based at Avenue de la Boulais B 6122
Les Renaudies garden
This botanical garden covers 4 hectares and includes a kitchen garden, walled- garden, children's play area. There are 3,000 species of trees, shrubs, roses, perennials and bulbs. A rural ecology museum completes the visit. Based at Les Mezarais (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.
Musee-Chateau des Rochers
17th century chateau with beautiful French gardens, portraits and antiques. To 30/06 open from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:30 every day. From 01/07 to 30/09 same hours, but closed Tuesday, and Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings.
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
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.
In the setting of a 16th centurybuilding, visitors will find a public clock, a Louis XV cartel fob watch, pendulum clocks and watches from the past. 37 rue Nationale, Ferns (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.
Musee de la Batellerie de lOuest
Located at 12, quai Jean Bart, Redon (35). This permanent exhibition invites one to come and discover inland western waterways transport, which with their link with the sea have given Redon its prosperity. Closed from 15th Dec to 15th March.