Josselin Travel Guide

  • the maison in woods adorn the old city center
    the maison in woods adorn the old city...
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  • plaque on the canal Nantes Brest
    plaque on the canal Nantes Brest
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  • Chateau de Josselin
    Chateau de Josselin
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Josselin Things to Do

  • Walk the streets of Josselin

    The most wonderful way to see a city in my opinion is to walk. We can come to it on any means but once in the city do walk; I get ask for public transportation all the time including the metro/subway/tube but this is awful, underground you dont see nothing. Do walk in any city. Josselin is no different, its a wonderful medieval look city all...

  • the castle of the Rohan at Josselin

    the Chateau de Josselin, still in private hands of the family of Rohan-Chabot, who occupied the first floor, been the street level floor open to the public for 8€ for adults. There are wonderful gardens,and a nice puppet museum or Musée des Poupées on rue des Trente entrance. For me it is the castle, a wonderfully kept and maintained property which...

  • basilique notre dame du roncier

    it was built in the 12C, and succeeded all the major events in Josselin of the family of chevalier Olivier de Clisson, and Marguerite de Rohan, therefore the story of the Rohan family in the castle. The tombs of the two are in a chapel in the basilica now; there will be the traditional pilgrimage here in honor of Notre Dame de Roncier on Sept 7-8...

  • Canal Nantes Brest

    a canal in the best tradition of French canals, this one another engineering marble linking the navigable waters from Nantes out to Brest. A must see right in city center site above

  • Basilique du Roncier

    The basilica was originally built in the 11th century in the roman style, but most of what we see today is a subsequent reconstruction in gothic style - as seen in the gargoyles in particular. Be sure to climb the stairs (there are more than 100 steps) inside the tower for the best view across the rooftops of the town.

  • Chateau Josselin

    The castle is in the centre of the town of Josselin. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the chateau is that the Rohan family have owned the chateau for more than 500 years, including twice being ordered to demolish large parts of the castle, and having persistently rebuilt the chateau after each major event.Although there has been a castle here...

  • Half-Timbered Medieval Houses

    We exploring this historical city by walking in the narrow streets lined with half-timbered medieval houses. And something surprising me that many shops own by English people....

  • Basilique Notre Dame du Roncier (Our...

    If you wander around the old medieval town with its half-timbered buildings, you'll soon come across the Notre Dame du Roncier which dominates the centre of Josselin. Notre-Dame-du-Roncier is built on the spot where, in the ninth century, a peasant supposedly found a statue of the Virgin under a bramble bush. The statue was burnt during the...

  • Wander the medieval centre of Josselin

    The centre of Josselin is part pedestrianised. There are some wonderful half timbered houses remarkably well preserved from the 17th C., that retain the character of the place. Each of the important buildings or locations has an interpretive plaque giving information (in French).The town has been awarded a special status as one of Brittany's...

  • Climb the church bell tower

    Right in the centre of Josselin is the Basilique Notre Dame du Roncier (Our Lady of the Brambles Church). This is a very large and impressive building. If you go around the back of the church you will find a wisteria covered enterance to the bell tower (July & August). Sometimes a couple of students are there to hand you an info sheet on the...

  • Call in at the Tourist Information...

    Josselin has an excellent Tourist Information Office located within one of the finest of the medieval half timbered buildings in the Town.They stock an excellent collection of leaflets on all there is to see and do in the southern Morbiham area, including details of boat trips along the coast and in the Gulf of Morbihan.They will also have details...

  • Saturday Market

    Most of the major towns of Brittany have a market day, and Josselin's is on a Saturday morning.This is possibly one of the best markets in Brittany, and is not just a great place for tourists to visit, it is also where many of the local residents will come themselves to buy their own provisions.It’s best to arrive fairly early and park on the...

  • Musée des Poupées (Dolls Museum)

    The Duchess's collection of dolls, housed in the Musée des Poupées, behind the castle, is one of the largest in France. If you are into this sort of thing, then it's one not to be missed.You can either visit seperately to the chataeau, or buy a combined ticket for both attractions.château and doll museum open April & May Wed, Sat, Sun & hols 2–6pm;...

  • Walk/cycle along the canal

    The Nantes-Brest canal undoubtedly adds to the charm of the Town. It is also known as the River Oust, as the canal and river are one and the same at this point in its course.The Canal from Nantes to Brest runs through Josselin from east to west and offers you the opportunity to take a boat ride or to walk or cycle along the canal path. A pleasant...

  • Visit chateau Josselin

    The three majestic towers of this château overlook the river Oust and dominate the town of Josselin. Originally built in the early 11th century, it was completely destroyed by King Henry II of England. The building of a replacement started in 1173, but parts of that have undergone some changes over the centuries. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the...


Josselin Restaurants

  • great breton specialties

    Le Guethenoc is the old name of old breton for Josselin, a wonderful old ambiance around a beautiful plaza at city center next to the basilique Notre Dame du Roncier, see entry herethe service is family style very friendly, lots of kids there, and the food is greatWent again today it has become our home in the area, great timodouc pizza with...

  • Friendly reception

    This restaurant is in a pretty half-timbered house just across the square from the church. We only stopped here to have coffees/hot chocolate, but the woman serving was very friendly and welcoming, which made the cold winter's day seem a lot warmer!They are closed Wednesday evening and Thursday.

  • Italian Pizza restaurant

    Situated in the main street out of Josselin (one way street). They do take away at one set of doors or sit in at another enterance. We had the takaway and found the pizzas to be very good.However, when we turned up on the spur of the moment one Sunday the waitress looked very flustered and said that she would be speak to the chef, when she returned...


Josselin Nightlife

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    by gwened Written Aug 7, 2012

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    great cinema near the center and basilica, on a marvelous done architectural building, and movies to enjoy the night at medieval Josselin.
    The first cinema was done here in 1939 and then many renovation until ready for 3D in 2011.admission is at 5,50€ for adults and then the 3D is 7,70€
    There are 5 projections in the cinema

    Dress Code: normal casual dress is ok

    cinema le Beau Manoir
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Josselin Transportation

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    by gwened Written Jun 13, 2012

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    here the best is the car, you come from Rennes or Nantes usually, on the N24 or N165
    see and good paper map for help

    They have buses connecting Josselin to the train station at Rennes,and from Paris TGV to Rennes is about 3hrs
    You take TIM transport morbihan bus no 35 on line Pontivy - Rennes bus terminal or Gare Routière in direction train station or Gare SNCF Pontivy and get off at stop or arrêt Place du 18 Juin 1940 in Josselin
    schedules for bus and train here

    map of region of Josselin the road N24 out from Rennes to Brest ent Josselin off road N24 on rue des sourciers
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Josselin Shopping

  • how about an English book

    a bookstore with all books and mags in English right in Josselin, yes. New and secondhand books, ordering service, books bought, greetings cards and jigsaws. Thursday to Saturday 11:00 - 16:00 (Winter times) and Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:00 (Summer times).I was surprise to see it and now can browse on my oldies here lol!!! a nice way to say you...

  • shop souvenirs Breton and gifts

    The best looking souvenirs and gift from Brittany made by local craftman are here, the store is loaded with items in an old maison en bois across from the basilica Notre Dame du Roncieryou will find home decoration, souvenirs, gift items,and for us celtic jewerly that my boys love. It also included food items typically Breton such as salted...

  • Breton Biscuits

    This is the outlet shop of the biscuit factory 'Biscuiterie LE DREAN'. Biscuits are something of a national dish in Brittany, invariable buttery and high in calories, but delicious. The local factory is based nearby our holiday cottage in Guegon, but they have a very nice shop in the centre of Josselin.Here they stock the full range of biscuits...


Josselin Local Customs

  • by MartinSelway Written Sep 2, 2006

    If you are lucky enough to coincide with Bastille Day (14th July), then you can join the locals for their live music and fireworks celebrations.

    Its best to park somewhere on the outskirts of town, we found that heading in from the Guegon direction that the main road into Josselin was closed and so parked at the lay-by at the top of the road, about a 15 in walk in (later when we returned to the car there was parking much further away and right down the grass verges out of town).

    Follow the crowds into Josselin. We found a good spot just over the canal bridge opposite the Hotel du Chateau on the wall. From here you can watch an excellent fireworks display set to music. Having young children, it was then time to head home back to our cottage, but it would have been sun to go into town and join in the drinking/dancing in the streets!

    Fireworks display Josselin People gathered to watch the fireworks Hotel du Chateau - sit opp. to watch the fireworks
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Josselin Off The Beaten Path

  • eglise or church of St Martin

    Wonderful quiet area of the city north turning right from basilica,, the church of Saint Martin was founded in 1105AD, and became parrish church by 1400AD. It was renovated in the 17C , the altar nave was destroyed in the 19C, a chapel was built in its place. The building is known for its architecture roman breton under a benedictine

  • chapelle de la congregation

    La Chapelle de la Congregation, a weird destiny after been built in 1702 , the bishop refuse to consecrated, and it was later used as a cereal depot until 1805. Later, it held public hearings and meetings, then a classroom, and finally a place of expositions and works of arts exhibitions as today.

  • Explore the Ste-Croix District

    Get away from the (relative) crowds by visiting this quiet corner of Josselin. It is a pretty district with some wonderful old houses.


Josselin Favorites

  • walk the old streets of Josselin

    one of the hightlights of my trips is to walk the old section of towns, it kinda bring you back in time ,quieter peace while seen history around you.Josselin is no different with its medieval feasts and old very old city center. Its fun for the whole family,and bound to find a gem of a shopping or eating place. walking city center from the church...

  • Inspiration on places to...

    Brittany is a facsinating place to visit - there is the good weather (better than the north of England any how!), and a wonderful variety of activities and places to visit. I have tried to pull together info on activities and places to visit on my web site: it out if your looking for inspiration!

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