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Discover Brest in one day from Marina du Château

On stopover at Brest marina, and want to discover the city ?

We have prepared a special itinary for you, covering all the emblematic places you absolutly must see when you're in Brest !

National navy museum and castle of Brest

Classified as an historic monument since 1923, the castle of Brest has witnessed the history of the city, century after century. As Brest's oldest Museum, the castle is part of the city's heritage.

Nowadays, it hides the National Navy Museum, retracing the history of the Brest arsenal and the French Navy.

The Museum has 15 permanent and temporary exhibition rooms, who houses art objects, navigation instruments, paintings, model ships and furniture.

Pratical information :

Opening hours :

  • open all week from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. from April to September
  • From 1.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. from October to March, except on Tuesdays
  • Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

Please note that the last entrance to the castle is 1 hour before closing time.

Accessibility :

The site isn't accessible to people with reduced mobility, as it has many steps. It's also not suitable for pushchair, so baby carriers are available at reception desk.

Prices :

  • €9 online and €10 at the ticket office
  • To access the audioguide, a supplement of €2 will be charged
  • Reduced rates are €7 online and €8 at the ticket office (audioguide not included)
  • Free admission to the castle applies to under 18 years old, 18-25 year-olds from the European Union, education pass holders, active military and civilian employees from the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, people on minimum social benefits and job-seekers, disabled persons and an accompanying adult.

Find all the informations you need for your visit on the website of the national navy museum

Tanguy tower

If you want to get an idea of what the city of Brest looked like before the war and enjoy the superb views over the city, don't miss the must-see Tower Tanguy !

Built in the 14th century, the tower watches over the Penfeld. You will be able to admire Jim Sévellec dioramas retracing the great moments in Brest's history before 1939.

Pratical information :

Opening hours :

  • Open from 12 noon to 6:30 p.m. every day from April to the end of September
  • From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. fromTuesday to Sunday from October to March

Prices :

  • Self-guided tour is free
  • €6 per adult and €4 for children aged 6 to 17 for a guided tour

Find all informations you need for your visit on the website of Brest métropole

Sadi Carnot shelter

The Sadi Carnot shelter was the main underground shelter in Brest during the Second World War.

It is now a place of memory, because around a hundred Brest residents lost their lives there on 9 September 1944 in a terrible explosion.

Today, this shelter provides an insight into the lives of the citizens of Brest during the Second World War.

Pratical information :

Opening hours :

  • Open from 1st September to 3rd November and from 1st April to 30th June at 2 p.m, 3 p.m, 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays
  • From 6th July to 1st September at 2 p.m, 3p.m, 4 p.m and 5 p.m every day except Wednesday

Accessibility :

  • Accessible to people with reduced mobility

Prices :

  • Free for self-guided tour
  • €6 per adult (free for children under 6) for a guided tour

Bookings can be made with Brest Toursit Office by calling +0033 (0) or on the tourist office website

Lunch break in the rue de Siam

After a mornig visit, a lunch break is a must !

You will be able to grab a bite to eat as you please from the many restaurants on the city's main thoroughtfare : rue de Siam.

For French cooking, opt for Simone et Yvette, Le Repaire, La tentation des mets, Le Coup de fourchette or Les Ptites recettes.

For a taste escape, let yourself be tempted by :

  • Orijinal and his Turkish food
  • Côté sushi for Japanese and Peruvian dishes
  • Piperno and its Italian cooking
  • Brest Saigon and Le Tonkinois with their Vietnamese specialities

But if you want to have lunch in an unusual place, choose the PAM !

This former printing works has been into a third place, with spaces for coworking and meetings, as well as a bookshop, shops, workshops and... Restaurants !

You will find a grocery shop, an organic bakery and three restaurants serving fresh and local produce.

Atelier des Capucins

Visit Europe's largest public square in an unusual setting ! One of the places not be missed in Brest !

Originally a convent and then a barracks for the French Navy, the Ateliers des Capucins housed machining, boiler making, foundry, assembly, fitting and electrical workshops for the manufacture, and repair of ships for the French navy. The Ateliers des Capucins have now been refurbished for public use.

It's a place steeped in history that has retained its industrial style, where you can learn, have fun, eat or shop...

The worshops is home to :

  • 70.8, the gallery of the oceans
  • The famous Emperor's canoe
  • A cinema
  • A media library
  • A climbing gym
  • Shops and restaurants

You can also skate, rollerblade or stroll around the place des Marchines, a reminder of the industrial activity of Brest's arsenal.

Partical information :

Opening hours :

  • Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 00 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday
  • From 10 a.m. to 01 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and eves of public holidays

Accessibility :

  • Pets not allowed.

Prices :

  • Free
  • Other prices according to activities

The Cours Dajot

On the way back to the harbour you can pass by the Cours Dajot.

It combines greeny and history with one of the Brest's finest panoramic views. In fact, when the weather's right, the view over Brest harbour, Crozon and the Plougastel peninsula is breathtaking. You'll also find the Pink tower, built in 1927 by the Americans "in memory of the great deeds of the American naval forces" and destroyed during the Second World War. It was rebuilt identically in 1958.

The Cours, with its plane trees and green spaces, is the perfect place to relax and take a lunch break.

Finally, on our way down to the port, we can discover a grand staircase built in 1859 at the behest of Napoléon III to facilitate access to the city from the commercial port.

The staircase was immortalised in the film Remorques by Jean Gerémillon, in which Jean Gabin, playing a tugboat captain, go down the famous Cours Dajot staircase.

Pratical information :

Accessibility :

  • Pet-friendly

Prices :

  • Free

We hope you enjoy your visit !

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