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’s like so many French castles: incomplete in its buildings and its furnishings. The rooms have a feel of a museum rather than a ducal palace. Worth a visit, but not worth travelling any... 
    It’s like so many French castles: incomplete in its buildings and its furnishings. The rooms have a feel of a museum rather than a ducal palace. Worth a visit, but not worth travelling any...  more »
  • The chateau is a great place to start a visit to Nantes. Not only do the battlements afford great views across the city, but the exhibition very clearly explains the history of the city using a... 
    The chateau is a great place to start a visit to Nantes. Not only do the battlements afford great views across the city, but the exhibition very clearly explains the history of the city using a...  more »
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  • We wandered in off the street and enjoyed the free areas of the chateau. The buildings were really impressive with some multi-lingual information boards. Going up on the ramparts was fun and gave some good views of the city. Probably difficult if you have limited mobility, but we didn't inquire into any help that was available or go into the ticketed areas. There are birds and fish to see in the moat, and pet sheep in the grounds.
  • Amazing museum. The external part, including the remparts, are open to the public at no cost. Inside, there is a nice 3d-virtual reality reconstruction of old parts of the town. Really a great piece of historical research done! Totally recommended.

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