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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 #2 of 30 Attractions 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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Geneva, Switzerland
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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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112 helpful votes 112 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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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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We spent 4 hours here. The Museum has so much information on the history of the chateau and Nantes. Also, whilst we were here an exhibition on the history of the Samuri - fascinating. Had to stop off half way through for a rest at the creperie in the grounds. Don't neglect the rampant walk.

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casakidd
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The Chateau de Ducs de Bretagne looks absolutely fantastic and we included it on our itinerary while on our way to Cherbourg today after reading the reviews on tripadvisor. We have been travelling from Murcia through Spain and France in our UK registered car, complete with roof pod and GB sticker.The sat nav took us to the closest car park... More 

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