Camping in Brittany is always popular with Irish families thanks to the region's blend of stunning beaches, picturesque towns, rich culture, and delicious cuisine. If you're planning a family holiday in Brittany, here are 8 of our favourite family-friendly attractions in the region. From ancient castles and Arthurian legends to France's own version of Stonehenge and captivating wildlife, there's something for everyone.
Looking for somewhere to stay? Domaine de Kerlann is a much-loved holiday park with a fantastic pool complex and easy access to five beautiful beaches, and Le Conguel is just a stone's throw away from the sea!
1. Mont St Michel
Mont St Michel is one of France's most iconic attractions. This medieval abbey is situated on a tidal island off the coast of the Normandy/Brittany border and attracts millions of visitors each year. Marvel at the stunning Gothic architecture and immerse yourself in the rich history of the abbey. Guided tours bring the stories of monks and medieval life to life, captivating kids and adults alike. While the climb to the top of the abbey is a bit challenging, the breathtaking views make it all worthwhile. We recommend booking a guided tour in advance for a more immersive experience and wearing comfortable shoes for the walking involved.
- Domaine de Kerlann - 250km
- Le Conguel - 240km
Explore the wonders of the world's oceans at Oceanopolis, a large aquarium in Brest. With over 1,000 different species of marine animals, interactive exhibits, and educational displays, this aquarium provides an engaging experience for the whole family. The beautifully designed aquariums and interactive exhibits, including touch pools, are sure to captivate children. Arriving early is advisable, especially during peak season, to beat the crowds. Don't miss the animal feedings and shows for entertaining and educational experiences.
- Domaine de Kerlann - 100km
- Le Conguel - 190km
3. Parc de Branféré
Located in Le Guerno, Parc de Branféré is a zoological and botanical park spread across 45 hectares. It is home to a variety of animals, including a giant anteater, wolves, and kangaroos. The park also features a petting zoo, a fantastic playground, a maze, a treetop adventure course, and captivating animal shows, including an impressive bird display.
- Domaine de Kerlann - 135km
- Le Conguel - 85km
4. La Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly
Sailing enthusiasts shouldn't miss La Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly in Lorient. This interactive sailing museum pays tribute to French sailor Eric Tabarly. Despite its nautical theme, the museum offers a range of interactive exhibits that engage children in learning about navigation and experiencing the thrill of skippering their own boat. Highlights include a virtual sailing race, a simulator room simulating life at sea, and a boat hall showcasing various crafts, from small dinghies to large racing yachts.
- Domaine de Kerlann - 45km
- Le Conguel - 70km
5. Château de Trévarez
Situated in Saint-Goazec, Château de Trévarez is a 19th-century castle renowned for its blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architectural styles. The castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens and offers family-friendly activities such as treasure hunts and specially designed tours for children.
- Domaine de Kerlann - 45km
- Le Conguel - 130km
6. Carnac Standing Stones & Musée de la Préhistoire
The Carnac Standing Stones are a must-see attraction in Brittany. These ancient megalithic monuments are among the most significant in Europe, comparable to Stonehenge. The rows of standing stones, believed to be around 5,000 years old, have sparked curiosity and wonder for generations. Let your children's imagination run wild as they explore the different stones and listen to the captivating audio-guide stories and legends associated with the site. Enhance your visit with a trip to the nearby Musée de la Préhistoire, where exhibits showcase artifacts, tools, and prehistoric artwork, providing further insights into the region's fascinating prehistory.
- Domaine de Kerlann - 90km
- Le Conguel - 20km
7. Labyrinthe de Pont-Aven
Get lost in the fun at Labyrinthe de Pont-Aven. This attraction features a challenging maze made of natural hedges, providing an exciting adventure for the whole family. Additionally, enjoy other outdoor activities such as giant chess, a treasure hunt, and a playground complete with swings, slides, and climbing frames.
- Domaine de Kerlann - 3km
- Le Conguel - 105km
8/ Brocéliande Forest
Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of Brocéliande Forest in Paimpont, closely linked to the legends of King Arthur. According to ancient tales, the forest is believed to be the magical land of Avalon, where King Arthur was taken after being mortally wounded in battle. Guided tours, information boards, and audio guides reveal the forest's mythical past and its connection to the Arthurian legends. Don't miss the Arthurian Centre dedicated to the fascinating stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
- Domaine de Kerlann - 155km
- Le Conguel - 120km
We hope you find these family-friendly attractions in Brittany appealing. Whether you choose Domaine de Kerlann or Le Conguel as your base, you're in for a memorable holiday.
And if you'd like to explore further, why not check out more ideas for families who are camping in France.