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Château des ducs de Bretagne, Nantes

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You'll recognize the medieval Château 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 to visit Château des ducs de Bretagne and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Nantes attractions using our Nantes family vacation planner.
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  • Moat surrounded castle in heart of the city. Great views from up high. Really large courtyard. Shop & plenty of toilets. Lots to see in the castle. It's one of the must see attractions  more »
  • A great time to go. Access to the walls is free to visit. Not to be missed during your visit to Nantes nice promenade outdoor and indoor part.
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  • Beautiful restored Castle, Museum very interesting, new rooms open for a year and a very nice layout. The permanent exhibition is dedicated to the history of Nantes and temporary exhibitions are always of excellent quality.
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  • It was a good introduction to history of Nantes during renaissance. Only some of the descriptions were in English. Would have given five stars if there was more information in English and other languages.
  • Very good tour guides and a very interesting 'slave' tour to do with kids in college. Some rooms are more interesting than others...
  • Fortress imposente en plein coeur du centre-ville de Nantes.
  • Good audio visuals. English audio set available. Good exhibitions. Layout was a bit confusing.
  • Ancient place with interesting history. The castle is awesome and you can spend a lovely time there.