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The old town of Dinan|Photo Bernard P.Rue Jerzual|Photo  Maria Grazia SchiapparelliWood-framed house|Photo Lucien VatynanThe Château de Dinan|The port of Dinan|The former hotel de Kératry houses the home of the Celtic harp|

Dinan, city of Art and history

The medieval town of Dinan is surrounded by its ramparts and dominated by the imposing Castle. City of Art and history, it has preserved old half-timbered houses. Cobbled and picturesque streets are lined with shops, restaurants and crêperies to the typical decorations. The adorable small pleasure port located below is worth the detour. The centre of the city is charming.

Brief summary of history

The history of Dinan is known from the XIth century, although the site was probably occupied since antiquity. At that time a town in which expands a Benedictine convent. In 1357, during the war of succession of the Duchy of Brittany, Bertrand Du Guesclin and his brother Olivier successfully defend the city besieged by British troops and loyal to Jean de Montfort Bretons. Like all other Brittany towns, Dinan is permanently attached to the Kingdom of France in August 1532.

The city continues to thrive with a steady intramural craft activity and the presence of the port on the river Rance that promotes trade. Dinan control indeed the way River to transport the goods to Saint-Malo.

In the XVIIIth century, the commercial activity of Dinan is stimulated by the installation of many weavers, producing canvases used for sails of ships. In the XIXth century, the port loses gradually its importance in 1852 with the construction of a road viaduct which désenclave the city, and then with the arrival of the railway in 1879. The city sees to build many opulent mansions and turns into destination resorts, particularly popular with the British.

The old town of Dinan

The old town of Dinan is completely restored, is an immersion in the atmosphere of the middle ages with half-timbered houses, remarkably highlighted. The Château de Dinan consists of the Dungeon near the porte St-Louis. The keep and the gate are part of the 2'600 meters of medieval ramparts which still surround the old town.

The place of the Mercers is surrounded by beautiful houses with Gables and porches of wood. In the surrounding streets of shoe-making and Petit-bread there corbelled houses. Jerzual Street is lined with shops from the XVth and XVIth centuries which House of weavers, spinners of glass and sculptors. Once, this ancient route of access to the port was inhabited by bourgeois, artisans and merchants.

Since the pedestrian Jerzual street we arrive at the port of Dinan, the promenade is beautiful. You can make a cruise on the Rance River to the village of Lehon.

The museums of Dinan

  • The Dinan Castle Museum presents the history of the country of Dinan. Also Greek and Roman antiques and collections of decorative arts, religious art, fine arts, workshop of reconstituted Weaver and headdresses.
  • The Rail museum traces the history of regional railway with layouts, posters, equipment, costumes and a huge model with many trains in a setting inspired by the Dinan area.
  • The hotel Kératry (XVIth) is recognizable by its three pillars of granite. It houses the House of the harp, a place of exhibitions on the Celtic harp and the traditional harp of the world.
  • (XVth) Governor's House is an old House of Weaver. Regional objects and looms are presented.
  • The Remember Museum presents 6000 pieces on the second world war. The package of cigarettes from the era to the aircraft engine, 30 models in original outfit, artillery and vintage vehicles.
  • The great vine is the artist Yvonne Jean-Hafen House with its furniture and its workshop background and his work.

Useful information :

Address :
22105 Dinan

Good to know :
Tourist office
Dinan 9 rue du Château
22105 Dinan
Tél. + 33 (0) 2 96 87 69 76

Free of charge.

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