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Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne

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Address: 4 place Marc-Elder, Nantes, France
Phone Number: 02-40-41-56-56
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany houses the Nantes History Museum...
The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany houses the Nantes History Museum, displaying more than 850 historic objects with multimedia installations in a contemporary layout. The former ducal palace also holds temporary exhibitions and cultural events all year round. Besides, the rampart walk offers a number of viewpoints of the fortress. The night-time illuminations further reveal the architectural complexity of the site. A restaurant and a gift shop are as well at your service.
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Great Castle in the centre of Nantes

Lovely old Chateau that is well worth a visit. Lovely walk around the walls which is suitable for kids and free, with great views. There is a small charge to visit the museum and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Lovely old Chateau that is well worth a visit. Lovely walk around the walls which is suitable for kids and free, with great views. There is a small charge to visit the museum and exhibitions which is ok if you have time! It's also worth walking around the moat - we had a fun time! The cakes at the restaurant... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Pretty impressive medieval Ducal chateau..... as far as Ducal chateaux go. I feel bad in saying this but I expected more. Nantes is an amazingly innovative place, they just can’t do ordinary things. Maybe they haven’t got around to the Chateau yet.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

a very nice tour with a beautiful square inside with table and plants. A very nice locatione with the water aroun the castle, for my children it's interesting undestand like the castle lived...and the important of the water

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Its lovely.If there is one thing the French do particularly well then building wonderful castles might be a contender. And its free to enter. Its in the centre of town, you can buy hot and cold drinks and children can get to see the exhibits/museum for free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a must see in Nantes. Located not far from the historic old centre, this château has been restored and is an enjoyable walk with fine views of the city from the ramparts.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a central piece of history for Nantes so it is necessary to see the Chateau. You can enter and tour the ramparts for free. It is worth the visit. Take pictures on the ramparts, see the architecture and how the building was placed together and take nice pics. View the graffiti carved into the tufa stone from friends... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The first castle was built in 13th century and there were several improvements and new additions during following centuries. Very interesting place to visit, it is free of charge (except the museums and exhibitions) with great views on the city from its ramparts and spaces to relax or have picnic. It is the number one attraction to visit in Nantes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

It is the most attractive old part of the town and well worth a visit. We restricts ourselves to the public areas. Very leased we didn't miss it. Wattt

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Loved this, especially as it was free to walk around. Inside the walls, we found picnic tables etc but they were very busy. We picnicked outside the walls, looking at the chateau and its moat. Very easy to get there with public transport. We used trams.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I really enjoyed how the museum was merged with the castle structure. The multilingual books were especially clever. The interactive displays were enticing children, which is especially good to see. The interactive videos, also multilingual, were excellent (if a little slow). I was glad to see areas to sit, here and there. They even offered foldable "museum seats" which I'm... More 

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