Quimper travel guide

Cities and towns

About Quimper

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.

Home of the renowned Quimper Faïence pottery which has been produced in the city for over 3 centuries, Quimper has much to offer those with a taste for the artistic. Visit the famous HB Henriot workshop in Locmaria, the pottery quarter, and take ad tour to watch the faïences being made, or visit the Musée de Faïence which houses over 500 pieces of pottery. There are many museums in the city including a Musée des Beaux Arts and the Musée Départmental Breton (Breton County Museum). Purchase the Pass Quimper for €12 and choose 4 attractions out of the 6 available on the scheme (including the museums) to visit. 

Wandering through the streets of half-timber houses you'll find the immense Cathédrale de St Corentin, the largest cathedral in Brittany. The Jardin de la Retraite and the Jardin du Prieuré Locmaria gardens are beautiful to walk around in peace. You can enjoy some delicious Breton cuisine in the city's restaurants, biscuiteries and crêperies and sample some traditional Breton cider or beer in the many bars.

Take some time to unwind in the relaxed rural atmosphere of Brittany with a day trip to picturesque Pont-Aven or the beaches of Benodet. Visit in July for the vibrant Quimper Festival de Cornouaille, a celebration of all things Breton, and the mixing of the culture with others, through music, dance, arts, theatre et al.

Why visit Quimper?

  • Quimper Faïence
  • The Cathedral
  • Locmaria
  • The Museums
  • Cornouaille Festival 

Overview

  • Country: France
  • Region: Brittany
  • Department: Finistére
  • Population: 64,000
  • Coordinates: 48.003476,-4.100304

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

Nearby attractions

First opened in 1857 this museum of fine arts underwent a complete renovation of its interior in 1993 to become a modern and bright backdrop to the museum's collections.

This glorious 16th century cathedral is an outstanding example of Gothic architecture that towers over the city. Visible between the narrow streets, the cathedral is Quimper's most recognisable landmark.

The museum of Brittany is housed in what was once the palace of the Bishops of Cornwall. Perfect for anyone interested in the history of this region, the displays include works of ancient art and folk art along with ancient...

Pottery-making began in Locmaria in the 15th century but only took off in earnest with the foundation of HB Henriot's in 1690. The brush strokes of their logo have become synonymous with fine Quimper faïence and their workshop...

Places to visit nearby

Pont-Aven in Brittany is a picturesque mill town best known for its association with the painter Paul Gauguin.

Huelgoat in Brittany is a secluded village, nestled in the Monts d'Arrée, that is home to the magical Forêt d'Huelgoat where unusual rock formations and fascinating myths and legends abound.

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.

Nearby events

Salon du Polar, crime fiction fair

Thrilling new books.The Salon du Polar (Crime fiction fair) is coming to the Casino in Benodet for...

Festival des Filets Bleus

The best of Brittany.The Festival des Filets Bleus (or "Blue Nets Festival") was sparked by a...

Cabinets de Curiosités, exhibition

A fantastical curiosity Discover the curious tradition of the cabinet of curiosities in this new...