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Montfort-sur-Meu is a commune in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine in Brittany. It is located in the North West of France.

It is noted as the birthplace of the Roman Catholic Saint Louis de Montfort, who is considered to be the pioneer of the field of Mariology. The saint's birthplace is at 15, Rue de la Saulnerie. It is now jointly owned by the three Montfortian congregations he formed: the Community of the Holy Spirit, the Daughters of Wisdom and the Brothers of Saint Gabriel. It is the site of frequent "Montfortian pilgrimages" to Montfort-sur-Meu.

The towns located next to Montfort-sur-Meu are Iffendic, Bédée, La Nouaye, Breteil and Talensac, but you can also find Saint-Gonlay and Pleumeleuc nearby.
The town is located at the convergence of the Meu river and the Garun river, in a farmland region which was in the past in the "Poutrecoët" (= the district in the woods), because it was covered by the big forest of Brocéliande.
The town is an administrative town of a county.


The human being has forged with his imprints the district of Montfort en Brocéliande around Prehistory. It is testified with the covered paths and the menhirs which can be seen in the forest of Montfort.
But it is at the end of the XIth century that the town of Montfort is developping itself, when the first castle is built. From 1376 to 1389, the fortress is rebuilt by Raoul VIII and is surrounded by four towers (it is destroyed in 1627). The town is strengthened by fortifications. Inhabitants were coming in the town by three doors: Saint-Jean door, Coulon door and Saint-Nicolas door. The population of the town is in favour of the changes brought by the French Revolution, above all after the end of the reign of the Terror.
The major revolutionary event is the one celebrating the execution of Louis XVI, accompanied by a hatred oath to the royalty and to the anarchy. It is celebrated since 1795.


By car: RN12 (Rennes / Saint brieuc) exit Montfort-Bédée-Pleumeleuc.
RN24 (Rennes / Vannes-Lorient) exit Talensac-Montfort.

By plane: Rennes-Saint Jacques Aeroport.

By train: Railway station of Montfort-sur-Meu, direct lines from Rennes.

By bus: Illenoo Bus, town served in the district of Montfort:
- line 1 : Talensac
- line 2 : Breteil, Iffendic, La Nouaye, Montfort-sur-Meu
- line 7a : Bédée
- line 7b : Bédée, Pleumeleuc
- line 12 : Bédée
Railway station of Rennes


  • Church of Montfort-Sur-Meu

It is dedicated to Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort and is dated from the XIXth century.
It is of an Italian inspiration with its bell tower in the shape of a campanile and houses the statue of Saint Louis-Marie Grignion, born in Montfort-sur-Meu (Possible to visit his native house).

  • Saint Lazare chapel (Montfort-Sur-Meu)

In the beginning of the XVIIIth century, when Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort settled in Saint-Lazare, he restored the chapel. Private property which can be seen from the road.

  • Saint Jacques abbey (Montfort-Sur-Meu)

Built in 1152 by Guillaume I of Montfort, the church has been consecrated in 1156. From the abbey of Saint-Jacques de Montfort, rebuilt during the XIVth century, is only left the former abbey church with its nice gate dated from the XIVth century, classified Historical Monument. In 1976, a fire destroyed the higher part of the walls of the church but also the roof and the inside of the buildings from the XVIIth century.

  • Saint Joseph chapel (Montfort-Sur-Meu)

The actual chapel was built to replace the former parish church of Saint-Jean, destroyed in 1851.

  • Surrounding wall of the medieval town (Montfort-Sur-Meu)

To protect the marches of Brittany, the Dukes led a politic of fortification of the big towns. In 1376, Raoul VII got an authorisation to transform the castle into a real defensive fortress. Around the castle, an important fortification is built with towers and 3 doors. We can still find today the Tower of Papegaut, the Tower of Pas d'Âne, the Tower of Capitaine and parts of the former fortifications. These rampart vestiges are classified Historical Monuments since the 15th of December 1926.

  • Papegaut Tower (Montfort-Sur-Meu)

Papegaut Tower is dated from the XIVth century. It is the best preserved element from the medieval town of Montfort-Sur-Meu and the most representative. The Tower is known as "Papegaut" because of a contest for archers and crossbowmen in which the target was a multicolour bird. During the XIXth and the XXth century, the Tower became a prison. Since 1984, it houses the ecomuseum of the district of Montfort. The Tower is classified Historical Monument[7] by the decree of the 5th of November 1926.

  • Hôtel Montfort Communauté (Montfort-Sur-Meu)

During the XVIIIth century, this imposant building was a hotel for the Juguet family, a family of notables who settled in 1777. In 1857, the subprefecture takes its place until it is cut in 1926. During the XXth century, the hospital installed an annexe. In 2002, it's Montfort Communauté who bought the building and restored it

  • Cultural centre of "l'Avant-scène" (Montfort-Sur-Meu)

In 1914 starts the building of a municipal hall and finishes after the war. The building also housed the first cinema of the town which could gather 400 people. Nowadays, the building is a cultural centre which offers many shows during the year.

  • Old houses from the town centre (Montfort-Sur-Meu)

The former urban development of Montfort left traces in the building of houses. Today, we can find dozens of houses which were built between 1550 and 1650. They are located in the oldest streets of the town. We can also find the native house of Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort. These residences are private properties.

  • Mills and "planks" on the Meu river (Montfort-sur-Meu)

In the street called "Rue du 11 juin 1977", we can see an old mill from the year 1884. It was also equiped at the time of a footbridge called "planks", which was crossing the Meu river and was linking the street called "Ruelle des Moulins" (Mills street).

  • Driers and public baths (Montfort-sur-Meu)

The building is probably from the end of the XIXth century. In the lower part were cubicles for public baths and a place reserved for boilers. The first floor, protected by wooden laths was used to dry clothes washed by washerwomen.

  • Town hall (Montfort-Sur-Meu)

Today, the town hall is located in the former Ursuline convent who settled in 1639.

  • Tribunal d'instance (Montfort-Sur-Meu)

In 1799, Montfort became the headquarters of a subprefecture and of a courthouse. It was built between 1832 and 1834. A break is marked between the old houses from the medieval town and the courthouse, as this last one turns its back to the medieval town. It shows the break between the midle-class elit and the former power of aristocrats.

  • Forest of Montfort (Montfort-Sur-Meu)

It covers a few hundred hectares, including 40 hectares which are a communal property on the area of Saint-Lazare woods. Several marked paths allow going across this wooden limestone, by foot, by horse and for some people, by bike.


  • Visit with the GPS guide (Montfort-sur-Meu)

The visit with a GPS guide allows to visit Montfort-sur-Meu through an interactive walk. The tool allows to visit on your own, in family or in a small group, thanks to automatic sound and visual activities.
The circuit lasts an hour and takes you to discover the medieval town in a fun and a simple way.

  • Legacy and botanic path (Montfort-sur-Meu)

This path, made of two loops located in the heart of the district of Montfort, offers the crossing of diversified natural places (humid meadow, landscape parkland, shores, pond, sunken lanes, hedged farmlands, woods). Boards explain the historical, floristic and faunistic interest of the different lands. The circuit also highlights the dairy life, mentioning the craft know-how.

  • Historical path of Montfort (Montfort-sur-Meu)

This path, to be discovered by foot, allows to understand the evolution and the development of the town from the Middle Ages to nowadays. Thirty boards are available on the path.

  • Discovery circuit of Montfort (Montfort-sur-Meu)

The pedestrian circuit, pictured by many photos, allow to appreciate the built heritage while walking (circuit of 2/3 km).

  • Pedestrian guided tour of Montfort (Montfort-sur-Meu)

The medieval circuit allows to discover the remains of the fortifications and to understand how Montfort used to work during the Middle Ages. The visit lasts around an hour and a half.

  • Bike rally in the district of Montfort (Montfort-sur-Meu)

This 25 Km-bike-circuit allows to discover the countryside of the district of Montfort, crossing Montfort-sur-Meu, Iffendic and Saint-Gonlay. This itinerary offers beautiful panoramic views on the Meu river valley, rich in architectural and historical heritage. If you want to add a a playing touch, a game in the form of a questionnaire transforms the circuit into a rally.
Booklet in sale at the ecomuseum of the district of Montfort.

  • The ecomuseum of the district of Montfort (Montfort-sur-Meu)

Located in Papegaut Tower, the ecomuseum invits you to discover the culture of the district where history and legends are very close. Different permanent exhibitions are offered (the duck legend, the architecture of the district of Brocéliande, Montfort during the Middle Ages, the traditional suit from the XIXth and XXth century, games about nature).
Temporary or touring exhibitions are also offered.


The district of Montfort en Brocéliande offers many local products:

  • La Maison de La Galette (Montfort-sur-Meu)

Fabrication on the scene of takeaway galettes and crêpes.

Salted and sweet products, sale of fresh and biologic products, wines, alcohols and spirits. Local and Breton products, confectionery, Cluizel chocolate. Possibility to make up your own gift bag.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday at noon.

Sale of French and worldwide wines, whiskey and spirits, biological wines, beer from Brittany. Tasting every day, oenology lessons, making of cocktails, "we deliver".
Closed on Sunday.

  • La Perles des Rizières (Montfort-sur-Meu)

In the heart of Montfort-sur-Meu, discover the Asian cooking and Vietnamese specialities in this restaurant housed in a wood-sided house.
Closed of Sunday, at noon, Monday and Tuesday at noon. 45 cutlery

Within a stone's throw of the medieval Papegaut Tower, the crêperie La Golotte makes specialities of "galettes de blé noir au sarrazin breton" (kind of crepe made with buckwheat flour) and crepes.
Grill and Salad set menus.
Closed on Sunday and Monday. 60 cutlery + 40 on the terrace.

  • La scala (Montfort-sur-Meu)

Pizzeria grill. Possible to have takeaway pizzas. Homemade desert, fresh products. Closed and secure terrace. Closed on Monday evening, Thursday evening and Saturday. 50 cutlery + 30 on terrace.

  • Chez Philippe (Montfort-sur-Meu)

In the heart of the medieval town of Montfort in a cozy atmosphere. Bakery chef for a long time, let yourself tempted by its traditional cook with fresh ingredients.
Open at noon every day of the week and on Friday and Saturday evening.
Possibility of renting a room to accommodate 60 people, with or without catering.
Cooking lessons for children from twelve and adults.

  • La Grillade (Bédée)

Traditional cooking and grilled meat.
All the meats are French and are grilled in front of you on a wood fire in the big fireplace.

In the town centre of Montfort, in a new decor, you will be able to savour a diversified cooking and many homemade specialities every week.


  • Le Papegault (Montfort-sur-Meu)

22, rue Saint Nicolas Montfort-Sur-Meu

  • Le Galop'1 (Montfort-sur-Meu)

15 pl Cohue 35160 Montfort-Sur-Meu

  • Bar de la Gare (Montfort-Sur-Meu)

20 r Gare 35160 Montfort-Sur-Meu

Accommodation in the district of Montfort


In the town centre, very near the railway station, Le Relais de La Cane is a hotel with character whose name comes from the famous legend.
reception for any occasion, seminar, groups, family dinner.
Hotel-restaurant open all year 7/7
13 bedrooms.

Hotel in the town centre, near the shops and the railway station.

  • Le pré du Thabor (Montfort-sur-Meu)

Half-shadowed campsite in the heart of Montfort-sur-Meu, next to the municipal park. Very quiet campsite, near a river, shops and railway station at 800m.

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