Discover Quimper in Bretagne

Carte Centre Ville Quimper

Quimper whose name means “confluence” in Breton (Kemper) is labeled city of art and history thanks to its heritage (Cathedral St Corentin, these houses of 16-17th century, these quays of the Odet, neighborhood locmaria etc …

 Quimper is the capital of the former Cornwall. Quimper already existed in Roman times and is built around its bishopric and around its cathedral, of Breton tradition and wars before connecting with France and religion.

The city also was cut in two very long time ago, indeed in addition to being the capital of the bishopric of Cornwall, is also was the one of the duchy. The bishop took the left bank of Steir with the cathedral and ordered the construction of the walls, the Duke took the right side of the bank and there built his castle.

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Saint Corentin Cathedral and the Palace of the Bishops of Quimper

Quimper: St Corentin Cathedral and Bishops Palace stand in the St Corentin, vital core of the closed city. With these two buildings, myth and history, and to which we travel the Bretagne Departmental Museum has echoed every step. It is in 1239 that Reynaud Bishop decides the construction of St Corentin Cathedral build on the foundations of an old Romanesque church. Attached to the Cathedral, the Episcopal Palace houses the Museum Départemental Breton. Under the Old Regime, the palace was the residence of the Bishop of Cornwall, who was also the lord of the closed city of Quimper. Until the mid-nineteenth century, successive bishops have sought to remodel, expand and restore this house. The current building was built between 1645-1647 by architect Bertrand Quimper Moussin.

Quimper: Episcopal City

Imposing ramparts defines the initial core of the city. In this small area, which concentrates all city activities, were built the houses of canons and those of the bourgeois. In the nineteenth century, the area was chosen to establish the headquaters of municipal power, building the Fine Arts Museum and  the halls of St. Francois.

The timber-framed houses are part of the urban landscape. Testimony of expertise medieval, these buildings have marked the centuries, from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century, when were gradually abandoned the use and techniques of timbered. True Wooden Puzzle these houses are the pride of most Breton towns Thanks to them, it is possible to imagine Quimper at the time when the two powers competed, the bishop in the walled city, the Dukes on the other bank of Steir .

Quimper: the city of the Dukes of Bretagne

Land of Duke from Herse Street to Chapeau Rouge Street, separated from the city by the Episcopal Steir. Names like the venelle du pain and  venelle du Moulin au Duc, remind us that the ducal authority it had a mill and communal ovens. In the land to the Duke, are located, among others, the former Ursuline convent, now Ursuline Library and various mansions. This is also the place where met major cultural sites such as the Theatre Cornwall and the Centre for Contemporary Art.

By the name “Land of the Duke” is designated to the end of the nineteenth century, the space between the Steir, Odet and the suburb of Bourg-les-bourgs. Originally this district belonged to the Duke where he had installed the symbols of his power: audience of justice, prison, mill and communal ovens.

L’Odet most beautiful river in France through Quimper

Today Odet considered “the most beautiful river in France” and its valley, 16 km long, separates the Bigouden from the Fouesnantais and offers from Quimper to Benodet a range of beauty, both natural and architectural (mansions, castles …).

L’Odet is a Breton coastal river which rises in the Black Mountains in St. Goazec, at a place called Yeun-ar-Vouster, and ends in the Atlantic in Benodet – in Breton Pen = “head” and than therefore “mouth of the Odet”. Its course is notably marked by the superb crossing Gorge Stangala, tourist spot frequented by hikers and kayakers. A length of 62 km. Lined with castles, mansions, beautiful forests, landscapes changing almost every short turns and meander, Odet  nickname: the most beautiful river in France.

Locmaria: historic district of Quimper

The Locmaria district, is located on the left bank of the Odet River south of the city and St Corentin Cathedral. From the installation of the first pottery in 1690, the workers’ neighborhood character asserted itself, Locmaria became a popular area with many small houses, warehouses, factories, small businesses, from which emerged some beautiful houses of notables , large gardens, and especially the church (XI and XII) and the priory (XVII and XVIII) which hosted a Benedictine religious community.

Formerly ecclesiastical stronghold in the heart of Aquilonia, primitive core of Quimper Locmaria Abbey is the oldest Christian institution in the city. The abbey church Notre Dame is a perfect example of early Romanesque art in Britain.

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Biscuit of Quimper

 Less than 1 km from our Apart Hotel is located the factory of Quimper Biscuits (8 Canon Moreau Street) in the historic district of Locmaria. Free tour, making demonstration and of course shop to buy  pancakes, Kouign-amann and Breton cake.


Quimper Capital of Pottery

 Quimper is also a city linked to the pottery and this for over 300 years. Not far from the biscuit factory you can explore the Museum of  pottery or la Faïencerie de Henriot Quimper. More in the city center, there is also the Breton regional museum.


Quimper: A city garden

Quimper is not only a city of art and history and water but as well as a garden city with 310 ha accumulated throughout the city: Retirement garden, peace garden, theater garden Max Jacob ,priory garden (labeled remarkable garden), Mont Frugy, vallon saint Laurent….

An incredible choice for nature lovers and quiet ride.


Cornwall Festival Kemper

Every July for 6 days is held the le Festival Cornouaille Kemper which each year bring over 250 000 visitors.

Set in the historic heart of Quimper, our Appart’Hotel is perfectly placed to host during this festival. You can find all the information on the official website of the Festival

Festival Cornouaille kemper Quimper

Creac’h Gwen leisure park and Sports in Quimper

Located south of Quimper, the Creac’h Gwen park is located along the Bay of  Kerogan. This site in strong development consists of a pole sport and a nautical base. There are also games park, skate park, tree climbing, pool or golf. It is also a perfect place for a picnic or jogger.

This place home every year the Open Tennis Quimper and the arrival of the descent of the Odet.

During your stay in Quimper in Bretagne also discover the best cities Finistères and Cornouaille:

  •  Benodet
  • Douarnenez
  • Concarneau
  • Pointe du Raz
  • Le Guilvinec
  • Pont l’Abée
  • Locronan
  • Pont Aven
  • La Cornouaille