Lamballe

A city of art and Heritage

National Stud Farm, Collegiate church and educational trail through history

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Lamballe is,  most of the time, its famous Stud Farm. But the city’s heritage is even richer!

Lamballe was once the capital of a powerful breton duchy: the Penthievre. Filled with history, the city is nowadays the gate  to the beautiful Penthievre coast and its beaches thanks to its TGV station: it’s only a 2 hours trip from Paris with the bullet train! Lamballe is a dynamic city, with lots of activities and events organized throughout the year. During summer, the Jeudis Lamballais are an amazing way to discover the city and meet the locals: Every thursday, guided tours, horse shows, concerts and a feast fill the city center with life.

The educational trail leads you through the city’s streets. There’s a lot to discover from the ancient houses to the picturesque churches! You can ask for the leaflet at the Tourist Office.

Un trait breton au haras

The national Stud Farm

The Stud Farm was built in the very early 1800s and is the crib of two local horse breeds : the Breton and Postier Breton. They are muscular and bulky but they’re very sweet animals that visitors can approach and pet during tours given all year round.

La maison du Bourreau ©G. Boscher

Mathurin Méheut Museum

As a painter born in Lamballe in 1882, Mathurin Méheut is now honoured by a museum dedicated to his extensive work. Every year, exhibitions show in turn some of his paintings and drawings. Revolving around a different theme each year, those exhibits are a wonderful way to discover the early 20th century through the eyes of a sensitive painter.

La collégiale par Yannick Legal

Churches in Lamballe

Overlooking the city since the Middle Ages, the collegiate church is one of the most impressive buildings in Lamballe. During summer, its visit grants the visitor a feeling of serenity thanks to the beautiful stained glass windows and the purest architecture. Every year in autumn, an art exhibition takes place there, between the venerable pillars.

If you like old stones rich with history, you will  love discovering the Saint Gobrien church in Morieux. Built at the end of the 11th century, the building displays stunning medieval frescoes. In order to preserve these treasures, the church opens only for guided tours, and without a guide during the summer season, every day. 

A hike through nature

Around Lamballe, there’s a patch of land that has remained almost completely wild though slightly modified by human activities throughout the centuries. The moors in “La Poterie” are a wonderful place to have a relaxing walk amidst nature.

 

Bureau d'information de Lamballe
Place du champ de foire
22400 Lamballe
Téléphone : +33 (0)2 96 31 05 38
Mail : lamballe@capderquy-valandre.com