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Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne

Address: 4 place Marc-Elder, Nantes, France (Decré - Cathédrale)
Phone Number: 02-40-41-56-56
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Ranked #3 of 68 things to do in Nantes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany houses the Nantes History Museum, displaying more than 850...
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Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: 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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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Fab. I've been coming to Nantes since I was a young boy. I have always loved the Chateau. Amazingly well preserved and completely user friendly. Plentiful and clean toilet faacilities. The moat has such a wonderful aray of wild life it is lovely to see so many ducks and geese swimming on it. Does anyone know what the orange coloured... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

The museum inside the castle hides it completely so you will be able to see nothing of how a castle is inside, plus none of the museum blabla is really about the castle. What a shame!

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Claire M, Responsable relations clients at Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, responded to this review

Dear visitor. We feel so sad you didn't appreciate your visit of the castle. We want to precise you that all has been done to keep it in its exact state. It is an old and very big monument in Nantes city center, with a free entrance for the yard and the remparts. Inside the castle, you are invited to... More 

Geneva, Switzerland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

If you like to know about the past and what made Nantes, this is a must. You'll learn more about the town's slave trading history and the Nations and people involved.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

From outside the castle looks very beautiful, but inside is modern museum, nothing like an old castle at all. The museum itself is well built and informative, especially if you can understand French. But I was quite dissapointed that the renovation was made with no respect to the history of the building.. If you want to see a castle, just... More 

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Claire M, Responsable relations publiques at Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, responded to this review

Thank you for your message, after you visited the museum of the history of Nantes in the Château des ducs de Bretagne. It is true that the museum has been created in a modern way, with many interactive tools, to present the whole history of the city of Nantes. However, the restauration totally respects the monument. The spirit of the... More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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197 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This was built as a residence for the Dukes of Brittany. This castle is huge and there are a lot of buildings on the inside that you can tour. Take a walk around the entire castle above the moat to take it all in and then enter the inside. The area around the castle seems to be a bit rough... More 

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

Very easy to access, this castle is also free to visit (except museum). The inside, well designed and more "modern", is very different than the outside which look more medieval. This castle is a reminder of how powerful and independent Brittany used to be from France. It's a great 1h visit with children and they also provide group visit with... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

While studying in Nantes we often spent time lounging outside the chateau walls with our books and cigarettes. I visited the town again this May and was delighted to walk around the very picturesque battlements again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The chateau has a beautiful exterior and the visit inside is very well conceived gathering data about all the main events in Nantes that are important for the history of France. I really enjoyed it. Occasionally it has a multimedia sources. There is a cartoon at the end of the visit that revisits all the concepts related to Nantes, it... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

My boyfriend and I visited the Chateau in October. The chateau from the outside is beautiful. We had a good time, but our only criticism was that it was too modernized inside. It is converted into a museum, but kept very little of the castle charm and inside at times you would not even know it was a castle. However,... More 

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Sussex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Well worth a visit, interesting displays about the history of Nantes including links to the slave trade. Interactive displays and worksheets for children. Nice café too.

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