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A gentle pace of life

Guingamp is situated in north-west France in the region of Côtes d'Armor and the department of Brittany. Guingamp, with a population of 10,000, may be one of the larger and more important towns in the area, but the pace of life here seems dictated by the meandering River Trieux, as it twists and turns gently through the town. The 18th century central square is a delight for those who like to sit at a pavement café and watch the world go by, whilst admiring some really beautiful architecture. In the square is a lovely Renaissance style fountain, known as the 'Plomée' fountain, which adds a certain 'je ne sais quoi' to the general ambience of the town.

Castles and history

The town has, like many others in the region, a rich and interesting history. This is exemplified in the remains of Guingamp's three castles, razed to ground level by the order of Richelieu and now reduced to three towers. For lovers of history and architecture there is much to discover in Guingamp.

Festivals and fun…

Guingamp has more than its fair share of festivals to enjoy. There is the festival of Saint Loup, which is a Breton dance festival, and another celebration in which around 500 children dress up and parade through the streets of the town. Then there is the annual 'pardon', which brings pilgrims to pay homage to the 'Black Virgin' in the Basilica of Notre Dame de Bon Secours. Fridays and Saturdays are market days, so take a basket, as there is sure to be much to tempt you!

How to get there

Links to the UK are good. Guingamp's situation in northern France makes it easy to reach and a possible location for a weekend retreat. By ferry: The ferry port of St. Malo is only an hour away. By air: Ryanair fly to Dinard from Stansted. There are also airports at Brest, Nantes and Rennes. By rail: Take Eurostar to Paris, and then get a connection to Dinan.

Property prices and availability around Guingamp

Brittany is now popular with UK house hunters, due to its obvious attractions and proximity to England. In seaside areas, house prices are becoming higher, and many of the best properties have been snapped up, but it is still possible to find very reasonably priced (considerably cheaper than in most parts of the UK) property if you look inland. Guingamp represents good value, as it is far enough inland to keep prices low, yet it is only a short drive from the coast. However, it is worth bearing in mind that property prices rose 12% here in the last year.

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Guingamp AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Guingamp?

Guingamp is in the north-west of France, in the northernmost department of Brittany. The town is located twenty miles inland, to the centre of the Côtes d'Armor.

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IN THE REGION OF BRITTANY

Brittany Guide

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CÔTES-D'ARMOR

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Population: 10,000


Access: Access to Guingamp from the UK is excellent. Catch the ferry to St. Malo, or fly to Dinard with budget airline Ryanair.


Economy: The economy of the town remains mainly agriculture, particularly wheat, fruit, oats and potatoes, but Guingamp does possess a growing industrial park. It also gains some revenue and much prestige from its highly successful football team!


Interesting fact: Guingamp is the birthplace of the composer Joseph Guy Ropartez, who was born in 1864.

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