Great Brittany | A Fantastic Family Destination

​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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  • Short 4 hour ferry crossing
  • 4.5 hour onward drive through scenic France
  • Captivating cultural events
  • Fantastic food
  • Affordable way to travel in your vehicle

Fairytale Fun

Brittany's position on the north coast means it has a lot of castles. Used as fortifications from invasion, they now sit as a symbol of France's heritage and 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 houses a Doll Museum with over 3,000 dolls and different exhibitions each summer. The gardens hold a medieval festival each July too. 

The Forest of Brocéliande, just west of Rennes, 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 associated 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.

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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, and the footpaths and mountain biking trails are a great way to see these natural treasures.

In Brittany's capital, Rennes, you can find quaint half-timbered houses, a magnificent Saturday morning market and east of the old town sits Thabor Gardens, which has a French garden, English garden, lawns, botanical garden and children's area – an ideal place to explore and stop for a picnic. 

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Cultural Events

Each July, Vannes Historical Festival brings the history of the town to life. Visit the blacksmith's forge or the coin-makers' workshop, admire the falconry displays and taste some medieval cuisine. As night falls you can 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 and discover the history of the beautiful town.

Delve deeper into 6000 years of history and see Carnac's famous 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. With free entry and no need to book in advance, it's a delight for the senses and an insight into the ancient history of the area.


Enchanting Islands

The Quiberon Peninsula's rugged coastline, sandy beaches and rich cultural history, make it a great place for families to explore. 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, where you can take a free tour before enjoying a tasting. Children will love the traditional Breton lollipops from Maison d'Armorine too.

A mile south of the town is the Parc du Golfe where you can join boat trips around the Gulf of Morbihan. This is also the place to head for with kids, as there's an aquarium with a huge collection of tropical fish and the Jardin aux Papillons, a glass dome filled with vegetation where hundreds of butterflies fly free. Further south still is the Conleau Peninsula, where you'll find Vannes' only beach. ​

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