Morlaix Travel Guide

  • The Viaduc and me below it!
    The Viaduc and me below it!
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  • The port of Morlaix
    The port of Morlaix
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  • Fontaine des Anglais
    Fontaine des Anglais
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Morlaix Things to Do

  • Vieux Morlaix

    I didn't have time to investigate the old town properly but it certainly looked suitably impressive - loads of half-timbered buildings in the medieval lay-out. I assume Morlaix was a walled town and this district was within those walls.Really must revisit!

  • Hotel de Ville

    Another impressive building in Morlaix is its town hall. As the French do the "Hotel de Ville" is a suitably impossing building which functions as the civic centre for the town, where all the town's administrative bureaucracy happens and is also the venue for marriages.The building originally was on the waterfront but subsequent land reclamations...

  • Eglise Melaine

    The town centre's most impressive church is the towering, though over shadowed by the viaduct, Eglise Saint-Melaine. With only a short lunchtime, literally, visit to Morlaix I only caught a few pics of the exterior but it certainly looks worth a proper visit.It seems the original 12th century church was deemed too small for its congregation and...

  • For Great Views - Eglise Saint-Martin

    If you are arriving, or departing, by train the Saint Martin Church is well worth a diversion for the view over the valley.This dates back to 1128 when it was a priory, long before the railway arrived, and its present incarnation dates from its 1775 rebuilding.By all accounts its crypt is worth visiting but I had a train to catch and so just had a...

  • Morlaix Marina

    From the 13th century until the tail end of the 19th Morlaix was a busy commercial port for both imports and exports - and maybe a bit of piracy and smuggling too. Being in the river estuary the port could only be accessed around high tide and even then only by vessels with a relatively shallow draught and so its importance waned as cargo ships...

  • La Manufacture (des Tabacs)

    This rather imposing building piqued my personal interest, for reasons that are obvious to those who know me. La Manufacture, "La Manu" as it's locally known, is a former tobacco factory from the town's industrial heyday and was Morlaix's major employer - in 1880 there were over 1,800 workers.The main buildings were constructed between 1736 and...

  • Morlaix Viaduct

    Morlaix is a wonderfully characterful little town with its Medieval core, its vibrant harbour, the solidly-elegant townhouses from its industrial heyday and the wealth of individual little shops and businesses lining its meandering streets. However its most striking feature, and probably its most photographed (certainly by me anyway), is the...

  • Church of Saint Melaine

    This is a wonderful older church almost at the foot of the viaduct. The priory of Saint Melaine was founded between 1149 and 1157 after a donation by Guyomarc'h III, Lord of Morlaix. The church was built at the end of the 15C. In 1849 the lantern was replaced by a spire wood covered one in zinc. The Church contains some fine carved beams and...

  • Church of Saint Mathieu

    One of the must see churches in Morlaix, this one in the district of Saint Mathieu out into town past the place Allende and surrounded by squares or place au Lait, Place du Marchallach, and Place Traoulen.There was already a church here in the 12C .In the 15C the lieu of St Mathieu grew in size and a larger church was built. Again done in the 19C...

  • see and climb the Viaduc

    a wonderful transport bridge for trains and people can go to second level for passerelle walk call the viaduct hanging over the city center of Morlaix! 150 years old!!! Done to extend the railroad line Paris-Rennes to Brest.According to the tourist office it is 62 meters high and 292 meters long with 14 arches and 9 rings. It took an army of 60...

  • Maison dit Anne de Bretagne

    This is another house where Anne de Bretagne or Ann of Brittany lived. Duchess of Brittany and Queen of France twice! This house was built around 1530.You can see the lanterne, interior courtyard covered with a height of 16 meters. It has a monumental chimney and a stair attach in rich sculpture oak wood that allows the passage between the rooms in...

  • Musée du pays de Morlaix

    This is a museum of the country of Morlaix or popular arts. It is in a nice historical square , Place des Jacobins taking part of the old convent of the Jacobins, part of the museum is in grande rue at the Maison à Pondalez house.I went to the pl des jacobins and was impressive to see a museum entrance with a façade of the old convent!Built in the...

  • Maison Penanault or tourist office

    This is a wonderful building housing the tourist office and a great 3 floors interpretation sort of museum on the area history and natural surroundings.There is a door to the tourist office with the sign on top and there is another door to the house from the outside place Charles de Gaulle ,however, both are connected from the inside.The house is...

  • Guimiliau Calvary

    About 5km further south and west of Saint-Thégonnec is the village of Guimiliau and another stunning Breton calvary. The colour of the stone is not as harmonious here as at Saint-Thégonnec but the calvary and parish close are even more spectacular.When I was there I witnessed a wedding going on which impressed me enormously to think these...

  • Saint-Thégonnec Calvary

    If you stay in Morlaix you are ideally placed to visit the three finest calvaries in Brittany.Just 10km west of Morlaix is the village of Saint-Thégonnec and the site of one of the famous Breton Calvaries. The church at Saint-Thégonnec has the classic parish close comprising of triumphal arch, ossuary and the calvary itself that dates from the 16th...


Morlaix Hotels

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  • Hotel Restaurant Saint-Melaine

    77, rue Ange de Guernisac, Morlaix, 29600, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • D'Europe

    1, rue d'Aiguillon, Morlaix, 29600, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel de l'Europe

    1 Rue d'Aiguillon, Morlaix, 29600, FR

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Morlaix Restaurants

  • Flawed But Not Expensive

    Morlaix was intended as a lunch stop, between Roscoff and Brest, and what I was specifically looking for was a little place offering local specialities for not too much money. When I passed La Marmite in the town centre, pretty much under the arches of the railway viaduct, it was the "Pétoncles à la Bretonne" on the 3-course menu formule @ 17.90...

  • great old belle epoque historic

    As we arrive by midi or noon, it is time here to have lunch, and as we were in Morlaix central, just when the marché or market was going on under the viaduct transport bridge we choose the historic Le Grand Café de la Terrasse just past the parking at the next square Place des Otages.It is a regal house done in 1885, and serving since. Very nice...

  • Le Grand Cafe

    This is a gorgeous establishment to while away a few hours, people watching & enjoying the atmosphere. Being veggie we have only ever had omlette when we have visited but the rest of the menu looks great if you eat meat too. It is a classic French brasserie with an upmarket feel it is, although that is not particularly reflected in the prices. All...


Morlaix Nightlife

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    Théatre du Pays de Morlaix: theater in the country

    by gwened Written May 24, 2015

    very nice theater right in the outskirts of city center and done Italian style in 1888. Done from a gift of the count of Ange de Guernisac to the city. IT was closed then renovated reopen again in 2002.

    You come here to see theater plays, musicals, and dance for all publics and all styles. The new programming is up June 17 for 2015;check the official site

    Richly decorated in Italianesque style , nice place in town if around in the evenings.

    Dress Code: casual on daytime showing and more dressy as the night event progresses. no need for ties but no sneakers of course.

    right angle theater du Pays de Morlaix left angle view of theater rue de brest and theater on left
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Morlaix Transportation

  • Local Bus Services

    I didn't have cause to use the local buses but there seemed to be a regular service between the town centre and the railway station run by the local TIM company - lines #1, #3 and #4. At the time I was visiting the railway station was being modernised, part of which was to better integrate the bus and train services and so things may now look a bit...

  • Arriving and Departing by TER

    Gare de Morlaix is on the main railway line between Paris and Brest with Paris about 4 hours by TGV. Regional TER trains also cover the local routes - Brest is about 40 minutes westward, Rennes about an hour eastwards and Roscoff 30 minutes northwards if it's a train is going that way - sometimes it's a bus, which connects and so a little...

  • The port or harbor of Morlaix

    This is a nice transportation option around in a nice boat on the river in high tide is nice. We were just walking around it and see the nice boats in the river, the canal comes all the way into the town to place Charles de Gaulle and before that the square Weygand with the bust of corsair Charles Cornic.More in English from the chamber of commerce...


Morlaix Shopping

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  • Window Shopping #3

    Probably the most modern shop front on the main drag and the simplest window display - rows of neatly aligned macarons Bretons.By all accounts this is the place to get your speciality cakes - for weddings, birthdays, pig-outs or whatever. I used the window for this "selfie" ;-HIC!

  • Window Shopping #2

    Another characterful patisserie on the main drag in the town centre is Traon which boasts "Breton Specialities" and looks as if it also does crepes when the weather's good. Perhaps not quite as elaborate as "Martin" just up the road, and probably cheaper too but still a great window display.

  • Window Shopping #1

    Not only is this an attractive shop front but the window display is especially impressive. I didn't venture in but I was sorely tempted. As well as selling cakes to take away it is also a "Salon du The" and so you can enjoy the wares on site.Reviews elsewhere seem to either love it or hate it - those that hate it seem more concerned with the cost...


Morlaix Local Customs

  • One kiss on the cheek

    When people meet, they greet with the typical Breton custom of kissing on the cheek (se faire la bise). Only one kiss is usually exchanged, so the situation is far less complicated than in the neighbouring villages, where the numbers of kisses can vary from one to four.

  • Morlaix Tourist Office

    Morlaix Tourist Office is situated just south of the Viaduct in Place des Otages. Open 10am - 12 & then again 2.30 - 6pm. Closed Sundays in the winters & only open Sunday mornings in the summer.

  • It's a sign........

    All over the old areas of Morlaix you come across these attractive looking signs telling you where you are & where the nearest building or sights of interest is.


Morlaix Off The Beaten Path

  • Fontaines du Stivell, des Anglais et des...

    Another of the places of historic interest in the "Circuit des Lavoirs et des Fontaines" (Circuit of Wash-houses and Fresh Water Conduits) is that of "Du Stivell, des Anglais et des Chiens" down by the port. This provided drinking water for the reprovisioning of the ships using the harbour and originally had a wash-house which has since been...

  • Lavoir Collobert

    This was something that caught my eye on the way back to the railway station and made for an interesting little digression. Morlaix's public wash-houses date from the 19th century, when most homes didn't have piped water supplies, and were still in use as recently as the late 1950's. Not only did these provide a suitable place for the local...

  • Hôtel de Ville

    the mayor's office of Morlaix is a nice building with an impressive façade facing the Viaduc and place des otages where the market is held on Saturdays (see tip)This one has a nice history I like to tell thanks to plaques in the hotel de ville itselfIn the duchy of Brittany the city had no hotel de ville but a house where the magistrate lived, and...


Morlaix Favorites

  • A Modern Day Lavoir

    Morlaix is proud of its historic wash-houses, which is why there's a tourist trail devoted to them, but If you need something a bit more modern you'll find this Laverie, Père Denis, close to the viaduct at 25 Place Charles de Gaulle. This is a state-of-the-art affair, having opened in March 2012, and is designed to be as environmentally friendly as...

  • Office de Tourisme

    I didn't require the services of the Morlaix Tourist Office but it seemed to be a popular place during my afternoon visit. I assume it does all the normal things expected of an Office de Tourisme such as accommodation, public transport info, freebie leaflets and for sale souvenirs and guide books. The office is attached to the "Maison Penanault"...

  • Finding Your Way Around

    Morlaix is a compact little town with most everything within easy walking distance and when you have the viaduct in view it's kinda difficult to get lost. If you are looking for somewhere specific you'll find these street maps (main pic) scattered around which give an overview of the whole town and in the inset in the right-hand corner is the...


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