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Fougeres office de tourisme
2, rue Nationale Fougeres
35300

Tel:+33 (0)2 99 94 12 20
Fax:+33 (0)2 99 94 77 30

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Fougeres is a fortress town that sits on a hill above the Nançon river.  It is known for its immense 11th-15th-century Chateau de Fougeres which was built below the level of the main part of the town on a spit of land that sits between two huge rocky outcrops.  The castle is surrounded by thick protective walls which seem to protrude out of its base and a treacherous moat full of weirs. 

Unfortunately this did not prevent the castle being attacked by numerous medieval knights such as du Guesclin.  It is precisely 18th-century Fougeres which so captured the imagination of many a great writer including Hugo, Chateaubriand and Balzac who chose Fougeres as the setting for his masterpiece 'les chouans'.

The gardens of Place aux Arbres is the ideal place to contemplate the chateau and from here you can wander down to the river passing medieval houses around Place Marchix.  You really do feel like you've stepped back in time in Fougeres! 

What to See - Fougeres Attractions

Le couvent des urbanistes
Couvent des Urbanistes, Fougeres 35300
an 17th-century convent now used for contemporary art exhibitions
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 94 49 16

Musee Emmanuel de la Villeon
51 rue Nationale, Fougeres 35300
art museum containing works by de la Villeon, one of the last impressionist painters who liked to focus on the themes joy, peacefulness, balance & serenity
| Opening Times: Wed-Sun

L'atelier Musee de L'Horlogerie ancienne
L'artisan du Temps, 37 rue Nationale, Fougeres 35300
a museum dedicated to the art of clock making
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 99 40 98

Ecomusee du Pays de Rennes
Ferme de la Bintinais, Rte de Chatillon-sur-Seiche, S of Rennes
introduction to life on a Breton farm
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Feb-mid Jan | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 51 38 15

Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Chateau de Vitre, Hotel de Ville, Vitre 35500
magical turrets transport you back to medieval Brittany
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep:daily; Oct-Mar:Wed-Mon (Sat-Mon pms only) | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 96 76 51

Chateau de Combourg
23 rue des Princes, Combourg 35270
an impressive, fortress-like château home to Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Contact Tourist Office (Number indicated) to check | Tel: 00 33 (0)2 99 73 13 93

Musee des Beaux Arts
20 quai Emile Zola, Rennes 35000
artworks by Picasso, Gaugin and other members of the Pont-Aven group
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)2 99 28 55 85

Chateau de Fougeres
Place Pierre Simon, Fougeres 35300
a sprawling military fortress that has seen many battles throughout the ages more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: daily | Tel: 00 33 (0)2 99 94 88 67