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Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne

4 place Marc-Elder, Nantes, France (Decré - Cathédrale)
02-40-41-56-56
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Ranked #2 of 27 attractions in Nantes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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... more » 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. « less
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21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Refreshingly, for France, this is free. Which makes it an ideal place to have a quick walk around the battlements, take in some nice views, enjoy the sympathetically restored and maintained architecture and pass an enjoyable half-hour.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Nice from outside but not amazing inside. Though they are very child friendly! Full of elevators. And cheap.

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New York
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48 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

From the outside, this castle/chateau is wonderful. It sports a great moat and crenelated towers at the corners of its massive walls. We joined the locals by having a picnic lunch on the grass along side the moat. Once inside, there is little to see, as the centuries have taken their toll. The best is the Nantes History Museum. We... More

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Lincolnshire
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8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The views from the walls of the chateau are genuinely awesome, and fantastic photos await you at every turn. However, in typical French style, there aren't a lot of railings and some of the heights are almost nauseating if you have issues with heights. I couldn't believe that there was no charge to walk the walls - I've been to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

storybook castle with moat and all! Did not see much inside...the outside is fabulous and is true to all one hopes to see in a castle

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is quite a lovely building, right in the heart of the city. Entry is free, walking the ramparts is free, exploring the most is free. There is art, and exhibitions, and it feels like the city is proud to host such a place. There is a small museum with a charge for adults only; we sent in our kids... More

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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Architecture of the castle is unique but the inside is just like the others. But the museum is truly fascinating. Approximately in 2 hours you can finish the museum in the castle. It tells all about Nantes' history with wonderful collections.

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Eastleigh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

excellent and detailed presentation of exhibition, good on-site restaurant for snack lunch very poor toilet facilities

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London, United Kingdom
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The historic moated castle is located in the heart of the historic city of Nantes and so very accessible. The 15th century gothic styled ducal residence contains a number of exhibitions relating to the history of Nantes. It is worth noting that the audio guide relates to the history and architecture of the castle rather than the collections. I was... More

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Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is an excellent museum in a great location. It can takes hours to get through so wonderful for a wet day.

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