The ramparts and the Saint Michael’s Gate

The ramparts and the Saint Michael’s Gate

Open from April to October, every day

With 1300 meters of ramparts, four gates and six towers, the city walls of Guérande are some of the best preserved in France and the most complete in Brittany.

Discover the ramparts (800m total distance) and enjoy the panoramic view of the medieval city, the only one in Brittany whose ramparts have remained intact.


Saint Michael’s Gate

Porte Saint-Michel

Built in the middle of the 15th century on the site of an older gate, it is the emblematic monument of the city. And what’s more it carries the city’s coat of arms. Opening east, onto the road for Nantes, it stands impressive and monumental. A small fortified castle with its cannon emplacements, machecoulis, drawbridge, portcullis and portals no longer with us today, it is also a residence with its mullioned windows and its halls and mantelpieces. The upper storeys are reserved as accommodation for the representative of the duke, the captain of the city, and subsequently, after the union of Brittany with France (1532), the governors of Guérande resided there in their turn. Designed as a monument of prestige, it remains to this day the identifying feature of Guérande.

Ticket office and boutique: place Saint-Jean


Visit…the exhibition « Le camp d’internement de Guérande».

© Archives départementales de Loire-Atlantique



Thanks to some photographs, you will discover the  life of foreign families detained
in Guérande’s camp between 1914 and 1919.




 Boutique office acces (click on the picture to enlarge)

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Pratical information “The Ramparts”

Opening times and hours without booking Open from April to October, every day.
Closed on monday morning

Annual closure from November to March
Ticket office and boutique: place Saint-Jean

Opening hours : 10am to 12h30pm ; 2h30pm to 7pm
(10am-12am et 2pm-6pm on october)
last admission : 30 minutes before closing

Duration of the unguided visit (circuit + temporary exhibition): 45 mns

Prices :

Individual price/ adults: 4€
Group tarif (+15 people) ; students : 3 €
Reduced price ( children from 6 to 17 years old) : 2 €

Family tarif: 2 adults + 2, 3, 4... children: 10 €

Free admission: children under 6 years old; ICOM

Accepted modes of payment: cash and credit card.

English guide-books about the ramparts and the exhibition are available at the front desk or by downloading.


Remparts et porte Saint-Michel
CS 85139
44351 Guérande
tél.: 0 820 150 044