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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 26 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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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
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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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28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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Lucerne, Switzerland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Free entry, that what I liked. I didn't check out everything inside, but it is clean, nice renovated in good shape and the tourist information is just an the side

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

Thank you for your nice message after the visit. I just want to precise that inside, you can discover the Nantes history museum : 32 rooms dedicated to Anne de Bretagne, the french revolution, slavery, Nantes industries... Please come and see again ! More

Calgary, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The chateau is a lovely location surrounded with a mote. There are no interior furnishings or artifacts. Simply guides visitors through a dry history lesson.

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

Thank you for your message about Château des ducs de Bretagne. We are very proud of offering the free visit for the outsides of the castle. Inside, you can discover the Nantes history museum : 32 rooms dedicated to Anne de Bretagne, the french revolution, slavery, Nantes industries... Please come and see again ! More

Orsay, France
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60 reviews 60 reviews
49 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

One of the landmarks of Nantes, this castle stands greatly preserved right in the heart of the city. Walk around the gardens and if you have time consider going inside for a visit

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Los Angeles California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

wonderful detailed displays on Nantes history. Great view from the top, We didn't have time to see it all as we arrived too close to closing time, but it all looked wonderful.

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Nantes, France
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74 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Interesting for its temporary exhibitions but the permanent collections are presented in a very weird way. Probably one of the least appealing museums we have visited in Europe.

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

Good morning. We are very sorry that you did not appreciate your visit of the museum of Nantes history inside the castle. We inform you that the last rooms will change next year. This museum has been created to receive all kinds of visitors : tourists, schools, handicaped people... And we usually receive very good commentaries about it. We hope... More

Memphis, Tennessee
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I enjoyed learning about the history of Nantes. An exhibit on Anne of Brittany included the relic containing her heart. The section on the history of slave trade on Nantes was enlightening. It was worth the money to take the tour.

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