Château de Brest

Brest
Brittany
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

Located at the mouth of the river Penfeld, the Château de Brest is the oldest monument in Brest. Strategically placed, this military fortress has over 1,700 years of history in its original role - from the Roman castellum to Vauban's citadel that stands proudly on the opposite river bank to the Tour Tanguy. 

Classified as a monument historique in 1923, it is the oldest castle still in use with the French Navy still operating here. Today, it is also home to the National Naval Museum with lots of exhibits looking at the history of the Brest arsenal and has recently begun showing some shipbuilding exhibits in its dungeon.

Nearby attractions

A medieval tower, built on a raised earthwork called a motte, the Tour Tanguy is believed to have been built during the Breton War of Succession. Part of the city's main defences that worked in conjuction with the Château de...

A huge exciting exhibition of all things connected with the sea. You'll need a full day here, with aquariums, film & live shows and over 1000 kinds of living creatures.

Explore this small peninsula, with its jagged edges eaten away by the sea, that is located between Douarnenez and Brest. With its spectacular sea views, rugged cliffs and caves, as well as tiny coves and inlets, the area is a...

Descend into the magical realm of fairtyales, myths and Arthurian legend at the Armorique Natural Park.

Places to visit nearby

Brest in Brittany is a port city with a strong military history and is home to Océanopolis, a huge ocean discovery centre that is the only one of its kind in Europe.

St Pol de Léon in Brittany is an historic town known for its religious heritage and the vegetable farming around the town, which made it one of the largest market-garden regions in Europe.

Quimper is a charming city in Brittany which is renowned for its faïence and is situated in a pretty valley where the rivers Odet and Steir meet.