Vannes attractions

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Ramparts

Vannes' old town is surrounded by imposing ramparts and gates, which are in turn lined by a moat and, on the eastern edge, simply spectacular flower-filled gardens. Tucked away behind rue des Vierges, stairs lead to…
Gallery in Vannes

La Cohue – Musée des Beaux-Arts

Opposite the cathedral, the building called La Cohue has variously been a produce market, a law court and the seat of the Breton parliament. Today it's a well-curated museum of fine arts, displaying 19th-century pai…
Museum in Vannes

Musée d'Histoire et d'Archéologie

Housed inside the 16th-century Château Gaillard, this small but intriguing museum contains precious neolithic artefacts unearthed throughout the region, opening a window to an understanding of the early history of t…
Cathedral in Vannes

Cathédrale St-Pierre

On the eastern side of place St-Pierre looms the 13th-century Gothic Cathédrale St-Pierre, being ambitiously restored in parts at the time of writing. Inside, look for paintings of St Vincent Ferrier, a preacher and…
Historic Building in Vannes

Maison de Vannes et Sa Femme

On the corner of rue Noë and rue Pierre Rogue, look for the famous Maison de Vannes et Sa Femme, which sports a timber carving of a portly 16th-century shop owner and his equally well-endowed wife.
Gardens in Vannes

Jardins des Remparts

These beautifully manicured gardens lie just outside the walls of the town and are a gorgeous place to relax and take in some astonishing views.