La Place des Lices
One of the most beautiful squares in Rennes where jousting took place in Medieval times.
This attractive and mostly pedestrianised square is home to a renowned weekly market.
It also has many restaurants, crêperies and bars that make it a popular location with visitors and locals alike. It lies adjacent to the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, the Portes Mordelaises (city gates) and the Halles Martenot market halls.
Visitors can explore the many cultural points of interest on foot, in peaceful traffic-free surroundings.
Les Halles Martenot
Designed by the local architect Martenot, these two market halls are just a few strides from the hotel.
In addition to the extensive weekly market called the Marché des Lices, the Halles are the venue for various cultural events and gatherings (conventions, fashion shows, competitions, receptions, etc.).
In 1990, the Halles were listed as historical monuments.
Le marché des Lices
Just beneath the hotel, France’s second largest market offers a feast for the senses every Saturday morning.
This local institution brings together producers and artisan food sellers (bakers, cheesemongers, fishmongers, charcutiers, etc.) as well as flower sellers.
With its galettes-saucisse, musicians, Breton dancers and surrounding café terraces, the market is a lively place and a truly enjoyable moment.
Le parc du Thabor
These 10-hectare gardens with their multitude of tree and plant varieties are a veritable haven of tranquillity, just 10 minutes’ walk from Hôtel des Lices. The bandstand, rose gardens, glasshouses and aviaries create the ideal backdrop for a truly relaxing moment. Enjoy exoticism and romanticism galore.
The Thabor Quarter
Tel. +33 (0)2 99 67 11 11
Site internet : www.tourisme-rennes.com/parcs-jardins-rennes.aspx
Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes
The Museum of Fine Arts was built to house artworks confiscated during the revolution. Today, it takes an encyclopaedic look at art over a vast period. European painting and sculpture of the 19th and 20th centuries are particularly well represented, as well as Roman, Etruscan, Greek and Egyptian antiquities.
20, quai Emile Zola
Tel. +33 (0)2 23 62 17 45
Site internet : www.mbar.org
Rennes Opera House
Step into the world of the operatic arts with a visit to Rennes Opera House. Standing in Rennes’ central square, this beautiful building has an original design – its convex form complements the concave shape of the town hall building designed by Jacques V. Gabriel.
Opéra, place de la Mairie
Tel. +33 (0)2 99 78 48 68
Site internet : www.opera-rennes.fr
The Parliament of Brittany
The Parliament of Brittany, established in March 1554, was an important institution under France’s Old Regime. It operated from the palace from 1655. Subsequent to the fire to the building in 1994, the palace was completely renovated and became the Court of Appeal of Rennes.
The Parliament of Brittany,
Information and tickets available from the Tourist Office
Tel. 02 99 67 11 11
Website : www.tourisme-rennes.com
Les Champs Libres
Exhibition lovers will adore the Champs Libres centre in Rennes. This extraordinary venue is home to the Musée de Bretagne (Brittany Museum), the Espace des Sciences (science centre) and the Library of Rennes which as well as housing documentary collections hosts various conferences and exhibitions.
10 cours des Alliés
Tel. +33 (0)2 23 40 66 00
Site internet : www.leschampslibres.fr
With several auditoriums and conference rooms, the centre will host trade shows, conferences and conventions in a magnificent heritage site in the heart of Rennes.
‘Destination Rennes’ offers guided tours of the future centre. See the website for information : www.rennes-congres.fr
Rennes auction house
This auction house is located 100 metres from the hotel.
Every week, paintings, jewellery, musical instruments, wine, and more, are sold here at auction. It is also possible to bring in artefacts for dating.