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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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Free trip around the walls

We started our trip to Nantes at the castle. The free trip around the walls was superb. Great translations of all the key points and superb views. Due to time constraints we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Southampton - UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We started our trip to Nantes at the castle. The free trip around the walls was superb. Great translations of all the key points and superb views. Due to time constraints we didn't visit inside but still spent a great hour immersing in the history of the city

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Vacoas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Awesome palace to visit. Its courtyard is open till 7 pm at night. it reflects the true history of Britanny. There is a fee to visit the inside building but you can have a free walk around the main towers outside and the bordering courtyard. There is a cafeteria where the helpful staff will provide you with good service.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The castle was rebuilt in1466 by Francis II, the last Duke of Brittany, and is located only 300m from the impressive cathedral in the center of Nantes. The work was completed by his daughter, Anne, Duchess of Brittany and Queen of France on two occasions. The place is actually a fortress with a residential palace and was constructed with local... More 

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Den Haag
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

we have only been on the outside and on the ramparts as they were accessible by an outside elevator. The stairs looked a bit daunting to us but they are perfectly alright for anyone with two good legs on them. The views are magnificent from up there. The chateau itself is impressive enough and has lovely details on the outside.... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We loved walking around the perimeter of this great castle. Bring a lunch and picnic in the courtyard.

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BOREHAMWOOD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We walked the ramparts of this historical chateau in the heart of the city and thoroughly enjoyed the views and all the information plaques along the walk. We didn't have time to do the museum but would have liked to. Well worth a visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I enjoyed the museum. The castle is gorgeous. Nantes has a wonderful history, well worth exploring. I was especially pleased with the history of slavery that is contained within the museum. And the bookstore is excellent.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

If in Nantes, this is the place to see. The castle is a beautiful building, though not so interesting inside. You can visit the exterior free, but need to pay a fee if you want to visit the museum inside. I didn't find the museum that interesting as I ma more interested castle type interiors. However, outside the castle is... More 

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Tyler, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We enjoyed the museum very much. I really loved the spiral staircase. All of the architecture was wonderful. We ate lunch at the restaurant in the courtyard. Very good salads.

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We really enjoyed this visit and it was well worth the €5 entry fee. The building and Nantes has a rich and interesting history and visiting here helped us understand more about not just Nantes but the whole region. Easy to follow information in English in each room and very good access.

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Additional Information about Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne

Address: 4 place Marc-Elder, Nantes, France
Phone Number: 02-40-41-56-56
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Pays de la Loire  >  Loire-Atlantique  >  Nantes>  > Decré - Cathédrale
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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