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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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Nice view of the city - good walk around the castle!

Beautiful views on a nice day and lovely that you can walk around the top of the castle! The maze is also cool. Go here!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Beautiful views on a nice day and lovely that you can walk around the top of the castle! The maze is also cool. Go here!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This is a very interesting attraction. The chateau and the Museum of Nantes are more or less the same attraction, in that the museum exhibits are arrayed inside the rooms of the chateau. However, the audioguides are separate, with the one for the chateau - which is about 75 minutes in length - focusing largely on the building itself and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

You will need to allow yourself quite a few hours for this visit. There are enless rooms detailing the life and history of Anne of Bretagne and the town of Nantes. Unfortunately only having a very basic understanding of French we couldn't read all of the information details for the exhibition objects but still enjoyed our day. A beautiful outside... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We did a walking tour of Nantes and came across this unexpected gem. You hear about the many chateaux in the pretty Loire Valley but this one deserves a mention. Massive, stunning, and with round towers, why is it so little known ? Heading west by train, from Nantes station it is easily visible on the right hand side, when... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Such a lovely place to visit. It has something that will engage young and old, families, couples, and particularly those who have an interest in the history of this region. Wandering around the Chateau's courtyard and walls is free and well worth doing. Pay a modest sum and you can visit the rooms inside. Most of the experience has English... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne is a must when visiting the Loire Atlantique region and absolutely splendid for the entire family

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Very interesting and interactive visit. There are 30 rooms to visit. You learn all about Nantes the city but also about the origin of its wealth, slavery and about the slave trade. There are guided tours, but all the interactive interpretation panels and computers are sufficient.

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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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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 

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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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