Guingamp has a rich cultural heritage to discover. A member of the network of “Cities of Art” since 2011, this small town in the heart of Brittany features 226 sites of interest, including the Prison, the Castle, the Plomée and the Basilica.
Lying between the Armor and the Argoat areas of Brittany and on the main road from Paris to Brest, Guingamp is ideally located for visitors wanting to explore the whole of Brittany. The town’s prison dates from the 19th century and has been listed as a historical monument since 1997. During the summer, you can visit the monument as you please and free of charge. La Plomée, the city’s fountain, is decorated with animals and mythical figures.
The Notre-Dame de Bon-Secours Basilica is unique, combining several styles. This is due to its conception and to the transformations that took place over time. Similarly, the city’s central square is one of a kind, retracing five centuries of architecture (half-timbered houses of the 15th and 16th century and 17th and 20th century granite houses). It is said to be shaped like a Louis XV medallion. The so called Peter II castle can be visited free of charge every summer.
Guingamp offers a range of activities throughout the year. You can start with the Plouisy firing range site and its historic heritage. A former army training ground, it is now a natural area, open to the public for the delight of sports enthusiasts. A 6 km footpath is available to explore the beautiful landscapes featuring ponds and small bridges.
Similarly, hikes are organized around the area. Follow the trails and discover the rivers, fountains and old mills. Kergé forest is a site where you can wander and discover different art works exhibited permanently. Water activities are also available, with an indoor heated swimming pool as well as the possibility of canoeing on the shores of the River Trieux.
Guingamp is also nicknamed "Camellia Country." The 120 varieties of camellias on display in the city’s public garden are proof of this. Guingamp is steeped in Breton culture throughout the year but especially during Brittany’s traditional dance festival and the St Loup’s festivities. And every Thursday during the summer (“Les Jeud’his à Guingamp”), street entertainment is organised and free open concerts are held in the evening.
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131 km from Rennes