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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 22 attractions in Nantes
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Nantes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Beautiful castle. The rampart walk goes around the castle. Recently renovated. There is free access. The museum on the history of Nantes is very interesting.

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Finistere
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Very central and impressive château, well renovated. Good audio-visual guide on small tablet. Lots of steps, though, so allow time for climbing up and down. Not always clear which way to go to follow the visit. Definitely take time to go to the tearoom/restaurant afterwards - on the left as you come out of the château into the courtyard.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Wonderful castle right in Nantes. You can enter the courtyard via several directions - no fee. An exhibition is in one building and the museum in the chateau part. The lady at the front desk was not very helpful but eventually we determined that we only wanted a ticket for the museum part not both (can buy combined). The museum... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Free entry and previously downloaded an audio guide app which explained the different parts of the castle and who/why they were built, as soon as the guide told us to go inside we stopped listening to it and wandered the walls and moat by ourselves! It's very impressive and ornate and we ha the added bonus of the Christmas art... More

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Redon, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

I recommend a visit to the chateau de Ducs de Bretagne for three reasons: its architecture, the beautiful views of Nantes and its old quarter from the ramparts, and the museums it houses. If you are visiting Nantes for the first time, you can enter the chateau for free, wander around and enjoy the views, including walking around the gardens... More

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MLH
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

nice Castle from the outside, the Promenade gives some views of the City adn some Explanation about the surrounding buildings didn't went inside due to a Queue w/o a beginning or and end

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Ponta Grossa, PR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

The chateau is so beautiful and very well preserved. Learn more about Anne du Bretagne, that is the most important Queen at the place! Very smart lady!! The surroundings of the castle, with the gardens and the water are so nice to sit and enjoy during the summer! Very recommended visit!

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Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

From the outside the chateau is pretty impressive with its battlements, moat and grassy banks. Once through the drawbridge one enters a beautiful white medieval courtyard which is spectacular. Inside the chateau itself one may be disappointed with the decor because it is decidedly modern and sterile. The exhibits are interesting (there are room upon room of things to see!... More

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Nantes, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Whatever it comes to your mind when somebody says 'castle' this one will fit to that idea. A traditional castle with river, gardens, bridge, big iron doors, etc

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Yogya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

- Chateau itself is quite basic, there is nothing really unique of this chateau. - Most of the rooms inside used for the museum. - Located in middle of the city so it is very easy to be accessed. - The view of garden around the chateau is quite impressive.

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