The capital of Brittany, with a population of over 360,000, Rennes is both an ancient and modern city. The centre has both medieval and classical 18th-century buildings together with interesting examples of modern architecture.

The first links between the universities of Exeter and Rennes date back to the early 50s. In 2006 we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Exeter – Rennes Twinning Charter. The charter was renewed in June 2016.

Click here to see the Charter

For more information about Rennes go to the Wikipedia Rennes article at

If you read French, you might also be interested in the official Rennes City site at

Below are some pictures of Rennes taken by Exeter Twinning Circle members and are copyright protected. Click on the first picture to see a slide show. Click on “esc” (top right-hand corner) to return here.

Tapestry in the Parliament building
Mediaeval half-timbered houses in the old town
Ceiling in the parliament building
The Parliament of Brittany - a strong symbol, now the seat of the regional appeal court
Mediaeval Rennes
British double-decker being used to promote twinning
Rennes Train Station sculpture representing the mythical horse Morvarch
La Saint Georges Creperie
Le Jardin de Thabor