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Coordinates: 48°30′49″N 2°45′55″W / 48.513611°N 2.765277°W / 48.513611; -2.765277

Commune of Saint-Brieuc

Saint-Brieuc Cathedral
Saint-Brieuc is located in France
Country France
Region Bretagne
Department CĂ´tes-d'Armor
Arrondissement Saint-Brieuc
Canton 3 cantons
Intercommunality Saint-Brieuc
Mayor Bruno Joncour (MoDem)
Elevation 0–134 m (0–440 ft)
Land area1 21.88 km2 (8.45 sq mi)
Population2 46,087  (1999)
 - Density 2,106 /km2 (5,450 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 22278/ 22000
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Saint-Brieuc (Breton: Sant-Brieg, Gallo: Saent-Berioec) is a commune in the CĂ´tes-d'Armor Department in Bretagne in north-western France. It has a cathedral.



Saint-Brieuc is named after a Welsh monk Brioc, who evangelized the region in the 6th century and established an oratory there. Bro Sant-Brieg/Pays de Saint-Brieuc, one of the nine traditional bishoprics of Brittany which used as administrative areas before the French Revolution, was named after Saint-Brieuc.

The historic bishoprics of Brittany


Saint-Brieuc is one of the towns in Europe that hosts the IU Honors Program..

The Cemetery of Saint Michel contains graves of several notable Bretons, and sculptures by Paul le Goff and Jean Boucher. Outside the wall is Armel Beaufils's statue of Anatole Le Braz. Le Goff, who was killed with his two brothers in World War I, is also commemorated in a street and with his major sculptural work La forme se dégageant de la matière in the central gardens, which also includes a memorial to him by Jules-Charles Le Bozec and work by Francis Renaud.

The town of St. Brieux in Saskatchewan, Canada is named after Saint-Brieuc of Brittany. It was founded by immigrants from this region in Bretagne. It was settled in the early 1900s.


Coat of arms of Saint-Brieuc

The town is located by the English Channel, in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc. Two rivers flow through Saint-Brieuc: the Goued/Gouët and the Gouedig/Gouëdic.

Saint-Brieuc prĂ©fecture of the CĂ´tes-d'Armor is twinned with :

Other towns of notable size in the département of Côtes d'Armor are Gwengamp/Guingamp, Dinan, and Lannuon/Lannion all sous-préfectures.

In 2009, large amounts of sea lettuce, a type of algae, washed up on many beaches of Brittany, and when it rotted it emitted dangerous levels of hydrogen sulphide. A horse and some dogs died and a council worker driving a truckload of it fell unconscious at the wheel and died. The beach at Saint-Brieuc suffered bad damage and had to be shut.


Neighboring communes

Langueux, La Méaugon, Plérin, Ploufragan, Trégueux and Trémuson.


Inhabitants of Saint-Brieuc are called Briochins or Briochains.

recent demographic history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999
43142 50281 52559 48563 44752 46087
Figure since 1962: Population without double counting

Breton language

In 2007, 3,7% of the children attended the bilingual schools in primary education.[1]


TGV Atlantique

Saint-Brieuc is connected by TGV Atlantique to Paris Montparnasse station.

An air service to Newquay in Cornwall is operated by Isles of Scilly Skybus[2] four days per week.

Notable people

Saint-Brieuc was the birthplace of:

See also


  1. ^ (French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue
  2. ^ Skybus

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : France : Brittany : CĂ´tes-d'Armor : Saint-Brieuc

Saint Brieuc [1] is the administrative capital of the CĂ´tes-d'Armor departement in Brittany.

Get in

By train

By TGV from Paris Montparnasse. St Brieuc is on the TGV Ouest line between Paris and Brest. There are about 10 trains a day. In some cases you may need to change trains in Rennes. The train ride takes about 3 hours.

By car

St Brieuc is on the N12 expressway about 1.5 hours from Rennes. Watch out for the speed cams on the bridges.

By ferry

You can transit through Roscoff (2 hours by car to the West) or Saint-Malo 1.5 hours to the east. Brittany Ferries runs overnight car and passenger ferries from southern English ports of Portsmouth and Plymouth.

By plane

St Brieuc has a tiny airport. The only flights landing are those from the Channel Islands. It's a fast but expensive way of getting here. Ryan Air flies from London Stansted and East Midlands to Dinard Pleurtuit Airport which is about 1.5 hours to the East. Also from March 2008, Skybus will operate a service between St. Brieuc and Newquay Cornwall Airport, 4 days per week.

Get around

The local bus network (TUB) rserves the St Brieuc urban area. This is similar in scope to any equivalent sized French city. In the region a patchy network of buses exists (Bus D'armor).

It's best not to depend on this as your sole means of transport as the service is very irregular.

Foot - the centre is compact and walkable. There is really no need to get a bus unless you are staying in the suburbs.


Saint Brieuc doesn't offer the same tourist draws as other historic towns in the area such as Dinan and Saint Malo. However it's a great place to stroll around and observe a fairly typical working French town. It does have a lively arts scene. During the summer you can enjoy a lot of free music. Talent from all over France descends on the town. Summer music festivals such as les Nocturnes and L'Autour du Blues (at Binic) are big pulls.

The city is blessed with a series of valleys. Two rivers meet (Gouessant and Gouedic) here before they empty into the sea. Very scenic views on the approach to St Brieuc on the N12.

  • Shopping - Rue Marechal Foch. All the regular French Chains can be found here.
  • Listening to Music- There are quite a few buskers playing folk and traditional Breton music in and around the Rue St Guillaume.
  • Les Nocturnes - during the long summer evenings in July and August the local council lays on a musical extravaganza in various public locations throughout the town. The emphasis is on traditional Breton, blues and world music.
  • Strolling around - Exploring the Place Du Chai and admiring the architecture at the Place au Lin. Sitting in the Place Du Chai enjoying a cafe au lait and watching the world go about its business.
  • Nearby - resorts of Binic and Le Val Andre are a must. Very lively and bustling with young people. St Brieuc is like a support town for the Cote du Pentievre and the Cote du Goelo that draw people from all over France and Europe.


Your usual Breton souvenirs. St Brieuc is not full of tourist trinkets. (mercifully) It's more your regular French large town. Most of the consumables you'd find in any town are available.

Celtic art gift shops have sprung up in the past 5 years. Cufflinks with triskell motifs make good presents. The Breton flag (Gwennadu) also looks mean on a T-shirt.

  • Au Pesked, 59 rue du legue. Recommended restaurant. Great seafood but a little pricey. It's a bit out of town. About 1 km north of the city centre.
  • Les Bains Champ de Mars, a favourite Brasserie. Really decent grub served in a fastidious Parisian manner. Nice wine en carafe and wide selection of daily lunch specials.


Any of the places on Place du Chay. The most lively place in St Brieuc.


There's Youth Hostel about 2.5 km out of town (Manoir de la ville guyomard).

If that doesn't float your boat there are numerous 2 star hotels in the immediate city centre.

Out of town at Langueux (new commercial development 2 klicks east of town on the N12). There are the regular French motel type chains. Formule 1 and Ibis (Yffiniac) are represented there.

  • Sea and Sun await at the nearby - Cote du Goelo (to the northwest) and Cote du Penthievre (to the East)
  • Visit Erquy the capital of the Coquille St Jacques and the breathtaking Cap D'Erquy. This beauty sport is where the author of the Asterix comics drew inspiration for the valiant Gaul's home village.
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