Chateau de Goulaine, Nantes

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There is more than just castle at Chateau de Goulaine: there is a butterfly aviary, the LU Museum displaying the art and history of local biscuit brand Le Petit Beurre, and the oldest commercial vineyards in the world. The butterfly sanctuary awakes the child in you with it's friendly, fluttery residents. Biscuits may not be your cup of tea, but they are integral to the development of the city's local economy and the vintage posters are sure to sway to the pastry's side with their nostalgia for home.

This menagerie of curios and wines has belonged to the Goulaine family for over 1,000 years, with each generation adding their own special touch to the chateau’s exhibits. Fortunately, the must see exhibit is also the must drink exhibit. With the longest running tradition of wine-making, you’ll want to taste what was worth preserving through the ages. To find out how to plan a trip to Nantes, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Magnificent house where you can see the splendid 'Read' Museum. This return to the country of your childhood is delicious, not to be missed
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  • To visit this castle in its entirety, it takes several hours. In the left wing the Museum read, this famous Nantes biscuit factory founded by the Lefèvre-useful family in 1846 that deserves a visit. The other wings of the Castle take us to the discovery of several centuries of history of France. Monumental kitchen to live in autarky, rustic dining room blue room where was Louis XIV, Red Lounge, lounge dining seventeenth, sumptuous tapestries... This castle, residence of a family for a thousand years, presents a rare architectural wealth.
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  • Very well located, we dive a few centuries behind part the building itself but also the parks. But the content of the plates makes us travel to share their creation and exotic flavors that burst in the mouth. I recommend this restaurant for the escape in every sense of the term. You go to the discovery.
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  • it's enough with one time visit. More for adults who like history ;)
  • excellent guided visit of castle. Butterfly house great fun. Good family visit.
  • Beautiful castle especially for wedding
  • Too bad closed!! 31 March open very nice environment and the gates were opened with the RV we stood the night on private grounds. But unfortunately, we could not visit the Chateau
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  • A beautiful place hosts a permanent exhibition on Super high quality and exciting crafts. Very welcoming.
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