Situated between two rivers in the gorgeous Brittany region of France, Rennes is a picturesque city with a long and fascinating history. Often overlooked by tourists travelling to more popular resorts in the country, Rennes has many hidden charms as well as a rich culture and a long, fascinating history. There’s plenty to see and do in this vibrant city, especially for culture vultures and history buffs. Explore the charms of Rennes old city, home to numerous historical sites and beautiful churches and impressive medieval architecture. This cultural hub really comes alive over the summer, with the city square hosting colourful festivals such as the ‘Festival de Tombée de la Nuit’. The city boasts a buzzing nightlife owing to its student population, trendy bars are in abundance.
A hatchback would be ideal for negotiating narrow roads and alleys and perfect for busy city centre driving, which is usually the norm in Rennes.
Driving in Rennes
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Important things to note
Traffic in the city centre tends to be heavy, particularly during the working week. Many streets in the city centre are not accessible to cars with many streets being pedestrianized.
Parking in the city centre can be problematic and expensive. It’s generally recommended to park for free at the metro stations and get the metro into the city centre.
It is compulsory to drive with a reflective jacket and warning triangle in the vehicle at all times. The reflective jacket must be accessible at all times in case of an accident.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Parlement de Bretagne building is one of Rennes’ most popular landmarks. Built in the 17th-century the building has since been restored following the fire which destroyed much of the original features in 1995. Despite the destruction, the building work has remained faithful to the original building, restoring it to a historically accurate standard.
Art enthusiasts should certainly spend an afternoon in the fantastic Musée des Beaux-Arts. This exciting gallery is home to ever-changing temporary exhibitions as well as a collection of antiques and illustrations.
For those with an interest in all things science, take a trip to the intriguing Espace des Sciences. This innovative museum has a range of hands-on exhibitions and a planetarium and is an ideal attraction for those travelling with young children.
Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the botanical gardens at Parc du Thabor. Dating back to the 1800s, this stunning park is home to a whole host of beautiful plants and flowers as well as African and European trees and other rare plant life.
Rennes-Saint-Jacques Airport is located approximately four miles southwest of Rennes city centre. The airport is mainly for domestic flights, although a handful of foreign destinations are served from time to time.
The airport is easily accessible via the E50/N136 ring road, as well as from surrounding towns and villages in Brittany.