Quintin prospered from the 16th to 19th centuries due to the quality of the linen made in the town; more than 300 weavers worked here in its heyday and the linen was exported as far as South America. To find out more about the industry’s history head to the Musée-Atelier des Toiles, which is based in a former weaver’s house. The town’s heritage is celebrated each year with the Fête des Tisserands (weavers’ festival) at the beginning of August.
There are a number of impressive houses in and around Quintin thanks to the town’s prosperity in times gone by but none more so than the two châteaux in the centre of town. One, started in the 17th century, remains unfinished while the other, built in the 18th century, was owned by some of Brittany’s most illustrious families and is now open to the public. Take a guided tour to see the richly decorated lounge, dining room and bedrooms as well as the ornamental gardens. The château hosts a series of Christmas events and markets throughout December.