Dinan travel guide

About Dinan

Dinan in Brittany is a charming riverside town, full of medieval history, with a 13th century castle and ramparts that encircle this well-preserved sanctuary where time has stood still.

Wander through Dinan's narrow cobbled streets, lined with pretty half-timber houses, and discover the Flamboyant Gothic St Malo church, the Basilica of St Saveur and the 40m high Tour de l'Horloge (clock tower). Climb the 158 steps to the top for some fantastic views of the town and surrounding area. For even better views, why not take a walk along the ramparts, which, at nearly 2.7km long, are the oldest and most impressive in Brittany? In July the Fête des Remparts (Feast of the Ramparts) takes place, a marvellous festival recreating life in medieval times with street celebrations, a market and a jousting tournament and many people dressed in medieval costume. The Château de Dinan is now a museum dedicated to the town's history and Dinan's famous hero, Bertrand du Guesclin, a Breton knight who became a military commander during the Hundred Years' War is remembered with 4 different memorials across the town. In 1357 the English laid seige to the town but it resisted. When Thomas Canterbury kidnapped Guesclin's brother he settled the matter by single combat in the Place Champs Clos opposite the Place Degluescin, which is named after him and where today you will find the town market on a Thursday morning.

Dinan has some wonderful traditional shops and gift shops as well as crêperies and riverside restaurants where you can relax with some good food - or sit outside on a warm day with a cold mug of cider on Rue de la Cordonnerie, nicknamed Rue de la Soif or 'thirsty street' because of its 9 bars. Crowned a ville d'art et histoire (town of art and culture), Dinan is full of artists, sculptors, glassblowers and many other creatives whose work is exhibited in the art galleries in the town. Do not forget to walk down the hill of Rue de la Petit Fort for a great view as you go down towards the port and its restaurants on the waterfront.d tours and boat cruises can be organised at the Tourist Office (Office de Tourisme). For those looking for some outdoor activities, there is a lovely coastal route to Dinard and St Malo about 23 miles long and suitable for walking, or why not rent a bike for the day?

Nearby are the coastal towns of Dinard, St Malo and St Lunaire whilst on the other side of the river is the town of Lanvallay.

Why visit Dinan?

  • The Architecture
  • The Castle and Ramparts
  • Walks
  • Boat Trips


  • Country: France
  • Region: Brittany
  • Department: Côtes-d'Armor
  • Population: 11,000
  • Coordinates: 48.462905,-2.043457

Coordinates shown are based on the WGS84 system, please check driving directions before departing.

Places to visit nearby

Dinard in Brittany is a fashionable seaside resort that first came to popularity during the Belle Epoque of the 19th century.

The beautiful city of St Malo in Brittany curves out to sea on a stunning natural harbour that has created some of the best sandy beaches on the Emerald Coast.

Dol-de-Bretagne in Brittany is a quaint medieval town close to the rugged Mont Dol that overlooks the bay of Mont St Michel.

Nearby attractions

A brilliant example of Flamboyant Gothic architecture, the church began construction in the 15th century and is well worth a visit to admire the beautiful architecture and the wonderful stained glass windows.

The clock tower stands 40m tall and is a brilliant place to get your bearings with the view from the top. On a good day it is even possible to see Mont St Michel.

Enter through a Romanesque porch and discover the dissymetry of this church with one half in Romanesque style and the other in Flamboyant Gothic.