Down through the centuries
There are reminders of the town’s rich trading history in the half-timbered houses in the historic town centre, and the 18th century private mansions. Set off from the impressive collegiate church of Notre-Dame and walk down towards Place du Martray, which is lined with half-timbered houses. You can see many different styles in their facades. One of the houses, the 15th century ‘Maison du Bourreau’ (Executioner’s House), is especially beautiful. This building, with its eye-catching ‘ox blood’ coloured timbers, is now home to the Mathurin Méheut Museum.
Discover arts and crafts
Many historic buildings have been converted into exhibition spaces and craft workshops. Pottery and sculpture have a special niche, continuing a tradition that has thrived because of the clay subsoil in the surrounding moorlands. You can find out more about these craft skills as you continue on your way towards the stud. Part of this venue is now home to the Mathurin Méheut museum. The setting is worthy of this prolific artist whose high-quality works bear witness to life in Brittany at the turn of the 20th century.
The Breton Postiers stud
The National Stud sits on a carefully-tended, flower-filled estate covering six hectares, and brings together equestrian tradition with the future of horse. This is the land of the sturdy Breton Postier, a breed that made a name for itself as a coach-horse. The stud was founded in 1825 and includes a series of superb buildings where nearly 400 stallions are stabled. During your visit you’ll be taken to see 12 stables, the blacksmith’s forge, the main tack-room and much more. There are live displays, carriage driving demonstrations and various exhibitions, all celebrating the world of the horse
Discover heritage and nature
As you’d expect, there’s a lot of emphasis on horse-riding around here. The Lamballe-Trégomar circuit is a favourite with riders. But these routes are also ideal for walkers and cyclists. They take you out across the valleys, to the manor houses and the Château de La Touche with its gardens – including a rose garden and one filled with azaleas. The circuit then takes you around the lake at La Ville Gaudu and over the Lande des Potiers moors. Going along the river Gouessant, you come across several wash houses. On the Mont Bel-Air mountain pass, the paths climb to an altitude of 336 metres, high above Saint-Brieuc bay. It’s a real pleasure for anyone who loves nature and the great outdoors.