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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 29 Attractions in Nantes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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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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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Impressive Chateau in the middle of Nantes, quite famous I guess. You don't have to pay any fee and can walk around it inside on all areas, like the wall etc. You get a great view above the surrounding city and it's really lovely to be in this quite big medieval castle. You can as well relax in the gardens... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

When I visited the Chateau, I had no idea what to expect. The frontage was undergoing renovations, so was not sure what was inside. Inside there was a museum, that was very interactive and told the story of Nantes, from the time of the Romans, to present day. There was a book in each room with translations in English, Spanish... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

In the central square of the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne is an excellent little restaurant. The quality of the food was really good -we each had an exceptionally delicious vegetarian salad which filled a large plate. You can enter the Chateau without paying the admission fee if you just go to the restaurant and do not enter the Chateau... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We had seen plenty of castles by the time we came to this one so we only walked through the impressive gates into the courtyard, the creperie looked decent and a nice place to sit out to eat but we kept moving....

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

Thank you for your visit in Nantes. We want to inform you that, inside the castle, you may visit the museum of the History of Nantes, dealing with Anne de Bretagne, Nantes and slavery and all the other important moments of the history of the town. See you again ? More 

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