Musée d'Histoire de St-Malo


Within Château de St-Malo, built by the dukes of Brittany in the 15th and 16th centuries, this museum examines the life and history of the city through a hodgepodge of nautical exhibits, model boats and marine artefacts. There are displays on the city's cod-fishing heritage, paintings, and info on famous locals, including Cartier, Surcouf, Duguay-Trouin and the writer Chateaubriand.

The castle's lookout tower offers eye-popping views of the old city.

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1. Château de St-Malo

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Château de St-Malo was built by the dukes of Brittany in the 15th and 16th centuries, and is now the home of the Musée d'Histoire de St-Malo, which…

2. Cathédrale St-Vincent

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The city's centrepiece was constructed between the 12th and 18th centuries. During the ferocious fighting of August 1944, the cathedral was badly mauled,…

3. Fort National

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The St-Malo ramparts' northern stretch looks across to the remains of this former prison, built by Vauban in 1689. Standing atop a rocky outcrop, the fort…

4. La Demeure de Corsaire

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This 18th-century mansion and historic monument was once owned by corsair (privateer) François Auguste Magon. Guided tours are knowledgeably presented but…

5. Plage de Bon Secours

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You can splash in the protected tidal swimming pool west of St-Malo's walls at Plage de Bon Secours, wander along the sand or climb the diving board to…

6. Ramparts

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Constructed at the end of the 17th century under military architect Vauban, and measuring 1.8km, the ramparts of St-Malo can be accessed from several…

7. Île du Grand Bé & Fort du Petit Bé

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At low tide, cross the beach to walk out via Porte des Bés to Île du Grand Bé, the rocky islet where the great St-Malo-born, 18th-century writer…

8. Grande Plage


This very long, north-facing beach runs along the coast outside the Intra-Muros.