Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, Nantes

You'll recognize the medieval Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne by the bright white tufa stone that glistens in the sky as you approach it. This austere fortress is home to the Nantes History Museum and is the last castle of the Loire before reaching the Atlantic Ocean. Recent renovations allow you to stroll along the inner courtyard, revealing a 15th-century ducal palace in Renaissance style. In sharp contrast with its rough exterior walls, this castle radiates a certain elegance owed to its fine stone carvings. The rampart walk offers a number of viewpoints of the fortress and its interior buildings and across the city. In the grounds, stroll around the moat and surrounding magnolia gardens. You can download a free app with a tour of the castle to your smartphone. Plan your visit to Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Nantes trip builder site .
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  • I spent an hour walking around on a brief visit to Nantes. It is beautifully kept and provides good insight into the area's history. It is impossible to miss this attraction due to its central locatio...  more »
  • Beautiful castle, visit for free the first Sunday of the month. This castle traces the history of the city of Nantes.
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  • What wealth for a historical city like Nantes to have such a place to tell the past, and do better understand the present by revealing what could be the near future. Huge documentation Visual, audio, written and at no time we're bored. Even children find their account. Do without hesitation.
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  • Chateau ws great place to visit, free to get into the grounds and the battlements, and entry inside was only 8€ per Adult and children under 18 were free. Lockers to put your bags and you got the money back. Coffee and drinks reasonably prices, food overpriced but easy to walk outside to local cafe/restaurant. Well worth a visit.
  • Even if the museum is closed it is still a very worth while walk around the castle. You can walk the outer wall and towers as well as the park the surrounds the castle. Look for giant carp/koi in the mote they battle the ducks for food.
  • Amazing château in heart of Nantes. Beutiful and offering get views of city. A must visit if in Nantes
  • Nice Castle which is free to walk around most of it including the ramparts. Quite a few steps so not great to haul strollers - leave them in the courtyard. Water park across the street as well.
  • Superb castle with a very very substantial exhibition on the city of Nantes. Very good price to enter.

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Affordable and convenient bases from which to explore the countryside surrounding Nantes, family-friendly campsites just a short ride from the city offer access to private swimming pools and proximity to popular seaside resorts. Within Nantes itself, you can choose a centrally located hotel or good-value hostel, from which you can walk to the city's finest shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs. If all you need is place to sleep at a reasonable price, consider booking a room at one of the city's university residences.
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