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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ille-et-Vilaine

Saint-Grégoire is a city of Ille-et-Vilaine, in the northern outskirts of Rennes, which it borders.

If its territory still includes 400 hectares of agricultural land and 70 hectares of green space, Saint-Grégoire benefited from the development of the Rennes area in terms of population, from 1500 inhabitants after WWII to nearly 9500 today as in terms of economic and commercial activity.

The city however maintained a framework of green and pleasant life, thanks to the Ille-et-Rance canal that runs through it and was already a popular place to promenade Rennais in the early twentieth century.

Nicknamed "Red City" because of the color of its ancient walls of Gallo-Roman origin, would Saint-Grégoire located on the Roman road Rennes-Avranches, and was then founded by a bishop of Rennes in reference to the cult of Saint Gregory the Great, pope in the sixth century.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude48.1535610 (N 48° 9’ 13”)
Longitude-1.6831460 (W 1° 40’ 59”)
AltitudeFrom 25m to 92m
Surface area17.30 km²
Population9227 inhabitants
Density533 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureRennes (5.5 km, 12 min)
Insee code35278
IntercommunalityME de Rennes

Nearest cities & towns

Montgermont4.2 km (9 min)
Rennes5.3 km (13 min)
Betton5.3 km (12 min)
La Chapelle-des-Fougeretz6 km (11 min)
Pacé7.8 km (12 min)
Melesse8.1 km (11 min)
Cesson-Sévigné10 km (14 min)
Thorigné-Fouillard10.6 km (14 min)
Vezin-le-Coquet11.2 km (15 min)
La Mézière12 km (14 min)
Montreuil-le-Gast12.3 km (14 min)
Chevaigné12.5 km (14 min)
Saint-Germain-sur-Ille12.9 km (18 min)
L'Hermitage13.3 km (18 min)

Things to see and do

One step at Saint-Grégoire can not ignore by the village church. A first Romanesque building was built in the eleventh century, then enlarged and remodeled in the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. A restoration was carried out in 1972.

But it is in the cemetery adjoining the church is the true heritage of all curiosity: an octagonal monumental granite cross dating from the fifteenth century, and which was the subject of an entry in the inventory additional historical monuments in 1946.

Except the aquatic center of the city (called Spadium), with swimming pools but also fun and relaxation areas (information on February 23, 40 89 89) is the canal that focus recreation in St. Gégoire.

At the site of Robinson and his lock, localized water sports on a small island offers canoeing and rowing.

And the banks themselves, walking or hiking (walking or cycling) are very pleasant environment in a protected landscape.

Barges hosting shows there are still step in summer.

A mill dating back to 1875 is also visible.

Places of interest

Performance halls

Events and festivities

Several highlight punctuate the cultural life of Saint-Grégoire.

Every second weekend of June the festival Robinson, near the canal, offers in a "bucolic" shows falling street arts and circus, but also concerts and theater for all audiences.

During the first half of November, the animation of the Forge Centre, the Grand Prize for Painting hosts works of famous artists. The meeting aims to highlight the painting "contemporary and alive."

In mid-December at the Animation Center of the Forge, a Christmas market reserved for craftsmen and artists is the opportunity to discover wooden toys, jewelry and other ornamental creations. The appointment is punctuated with entertainment for children.

On a different note, every Wednesday morning Grallan place market offers better understand and enjoy the products of the Breton soil.


Thursday 21 september
Min. 7°C - Max. 21°C
Friday 22 september
Min. 7°C - Max. 20°C
Saturday 23 september
Min. 7°C - Max. 24°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Evening Segway Tour of Rennes – 2 hours
Entertainment65 € Rennes (5.4 km)
Segway Tour of Rennes – 90 minutes
Entertainment45 € Rennes (5.4 km)
Segway Tour of Rennes – 2 hours
Entertainment55 € Rennes (5.4 km)
Initiation Pass Airplane Piloting – 1 person
Sports sensations149 € Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande (10 km)
Discovery Pass Airplane Piloting
Sports sensations99 € Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande (10 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Butte du Dran loop
HikeEasy3h30Guer (43 km)
Oyon Valley loop
HikeIntermediate4h45Guer (43 km)
Greenway (Voie verte)
Cycling itineraryEasy1h15Rougé (45 km)
Crossing of Mont-Saint-Michel Bay
HikeIntermediate3h30Le Mont-Saint-Michel (55 km)
In Chateaubriand's footsteps
HikeEasy45 minPlancoët (57 km)


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