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Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, Nantes

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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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  • It was an excellent visit with the History of the castle detailing the History of slavery in Nantes. 
    It was an excellent visit with the History of the castle detailing the History of slavery in Nantes.  more »
  • A really nice castle! It’s equally as lovely to walk inside the castle as it is to walk around the castle by the moat. Very well preserved and friendly staff 
    A really nice castle! It’s equally as lovely to walk inside the castle as it is to walk around the castle by the moat. Very well preserved and friendly staff  more »
  • This place is easy to visit and see. Take a half-hour to walk around the remparts. Well-preserved histori structure. Interesting! 
    This place is easy to visit and see. Take a half-hour to walk around the remparts. Well-preserved histori structure. Interesting!  more »
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  • Located in the center of Nantes, the Castle 🏰 of the Dukes of Brittany is one of the most important monuments of the city's heritage. With almost half a mile (500 meters) of walls and the Flamboyant Gothic ducal residence within the walls, the castle forms an impressive ensemble. 😯👌🏻 I recommend to visit this incredible place 🙌🏻🤗
  • Amazing free Chateau to visit in Nantes. The grounds are beautiful and there's a moat with koi, turtles, and ducks swimming. Inside there's a cafe, a museum(need to pay for this), and the ramparts(free). We walked the ramparts and took in some great views of the area. There are a few placards around with some information about the area and the Chateau as well.
  • After going to tons of history, art, and culture museums all throughput France, this has to be at the top. We went kind of late with only about an 1.5 hours left until close so we were only able to visit the museum and not the exhibition. There is free admission every first Sunday of the month. It was well worth the visit. The history of Nantes was very interesting and the displays were really captivating. The amount of stairs kind of hurt as it is basically the whole castle (very well preserved) but there were lots of elevators. You could also walk around the castle and within the courtyard for good views of the city from higher up.
  • Old castle with museum inside, you can take a walk on the old walls and enjoy the view. There is coffe bar inside with nice food..
  • Big château to visit ☺ I love the architecture details. Lots of people are visitng thiz Castle, walking distance from the shops and restaurants. Worth a visit if you pass by the centre ville. Duchess Ann statue is outside the castle.

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