Basilique St-Sauveur


The soaring chancel of the Basilique St-Sauveur is Flamboyant Gothic, but the south side of the church is Romanesque, while other periods and styles get their say too. The church contains a 14th-century gravestone in its north transept reputed to contain the heart of Bertrand du Guesclin, a 14th-century knight noted for his hatred of the English and his fierce battles to expel them. Ironically, today Dinan is home to one of the largest English expat communities in Brittany!

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1. Rue du Jerzual & rue du Petit Fort


Lined with half-timbered houses, this astonishing cobbled street has been here since at least the 12th century. It leads downhill at a steep angle all the…

2. Tour de l'Horloge


Climb up to the little balcony of this 15th-century clock tower whose chimes ring every quarter-hour.

3. Tour Ste-Catherine

0.11 MILES

The 14th-century Tour Ste-Catherine is just east of Basilique St-Sauveur and beyond the tiny Jardin Anglais (English Garden), a former cemetery and…

4. Vieux Pont

0.23 MILES

Be sure to head downhill along rue du Jerzual and rue du Petit Fort to the Vieux Pont (Old Bridge). From here, the bridge, a pretty little port, hemmed by…

5. Château-Musée de Dinan

0.28 MILES

The town's museum is atmospherically housed in the keep of Dinan's ruined 14th-century château, showcasing the town's history, with information sheets in…

6. Barrage de la Rance

11.42 MILES

Built in 1966, this 750m bridge over the Rance estuary carries the D168 between St-Malo and Dinard, lopping a good 30km off the journey. A feat of…

7. Grand Aquarium

11.66 MILES

Containing over 600 species of marine creature, this very popular aquarium about 4km south of the city centre features a 'Nautibus' ride – a simulated…