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Great Brittany for families

Family in coastal town in Brittany


A family holiday is a chance to spend quality time together and make memories. With an abundance of things to do, places to visit and experiences to try, Brittany will make a memorable family holiday. Plus, travelling with DFDS means you can get there in the comfort of your car and enjoy the great onboard facilities while you sail.

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Medieval festival

Fairytale fun

Brittany has a lot of castles which provide lots of inspiration to imaginative children! In eastern Brittany, the medieval town of Vitré has a 13th century castle with pointy slate turrets and the medieval castle of Josselin has a Doll Museum with over 3,000 dolls. The gardens hold a medieval festival each July too.

The Forest of Brocéliande is a great place for a family adventure. Legend has it that this woodland was the forest of King Arthur. Start at the turreted Château de Comper near Concoret, where you'll discover scenes from Arthurian legends. In summer there are exhibitions, events and themed walks. Next to the castle is a lake, underneath whose waters apparently lives the fairy Viviane in a crystal palace built by Merlin the magician.

Image credit: Emmanuel Berthier/Brittany Tourist Board

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The great outdoors

Trémelin Lake at the edge of Brocéliande offers the ideal place for families wanting to see the great outdoors and immerse themselves in the French countryside. You can kayak, float tube or fish in the lake or hire pedaloes, canoes, sailing or motor-boats. For the more adventurous, the tree-top trail with giant zip-wire will be sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

Nearby are two nature zones that have protected status because of their flora, fauna and ecology. It's a great place for bird watching or exploring footpaths and mountain biking trails.

In Brittany's capital, Rennes, you can find quaint half-timbered houses, a Saturday morning market and Thabor Gardens, which has a French garden, English garden, lawns, botanical garden and children's area.

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Carnac stones in Great Brittany

Cultural events

Each July, Vannes Historical Festival brings town's history to life. Visit the blacksmith's forge or the coin-makers' workshop, admire the falconry displays and taste medieval cuisine. Later join in the local open-air dance, or bal populaire, and be amazed as the fire-eaters take to the streets. It's also a great opportunity to explore Vannes, with its 272 listed buildings.

Delve deeper into 6000 years of history and see Carnac's megalithic site, a collection of 3000 standing stones. In July and August you can visit at dusk, accompanied by audio-visual effects, the music, voices and lighting interweave to tell the story of the origins of these stones. The entry is free and there is no need to book in advance.

Great Brittany coastline

Enchanting islands

The Quiberon Peninsula's rugged coastline, sandy beaches and rich cultural history, make it a great place for families. Hidden caves, arches and coves line the west coast, the beaches in the north are popular with horse-riders and surfers and the southern beaches around Saint-Pierre-Quiberon are more sheltered. Head into Saint-Pierre-Quiberon village to explore the independent shops, fish restaurants and cannery. Children will love the traditional Breton lollipops from Maison d'Armorine.

A mile south of the town is the Parc du Golfe where you can join boat trips around the Gulf of Morbihan. There is also an aquarium with a huge collection of tropical fish and the Jardin aux Papillons, a glass dome filled with hundreds of butterflies. Further south still is the Conleau Peninsula, where you'll find Vannes' only beach.

Image credit: Emmanuel Berthier/Brittany Tourist Board

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