Rendez-vous at the Ernest Renan's house in Tréguier

Rendez-vous at the Ernest Renan's house in Tréguier 20 rue Ernest Renan 22220 Tréguier fr

The life of the great writer in the house where he was born

Earnest Renan was born in this timber-framed 17th century house in Brittany. Once home to a shipowner, it was donated it to the state in 1946 by the writer’s granddaughters. On the ground floor, his mother ran a grocery store. Renan’s office, on the first floor has been reconstructed with authentic furniture to resemble that which he had at le Collège de France whose administrator he was. High under the roof, in the lookout of the third floor, the scholar’s room, small and stark, once home to the famous author of “Vie de Jésus”, will evoke contemplation and reflection.

Some of the Renan’s objects, documents and memories are carefully preserved. Animations and exhibitions take place throughout the year.

Site with the "Illustrious Houses" label.

Practical information

  • Audio-visual show in French
  • Temporary exhibitions in French
  • Guided tour: French, English (in July and August)


  • Main road between St-Brieuc and Perros-Guirec to the west of Paimpol
  • From St-Brieuc: D786
  • From Perros-Guirec: D6, then D786
  • From Guingamp: D8


Maison d’Ernest Renan
20, rue Ernest-Renan
22220 Tréguier