Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, Nantes

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Castle · Tourist Spot
You'll recognize the medieval Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne by the bright white tufa stone that glistens in the sky as you approach it. This austere fortress is home to the Nantes History Museum and is the last castle of the Loire before reaching the Atlantic Ocean. Recent renovations allow you to stroll along the inner courtyard, revealing a 15th-century ducal palace in Renaissance style. In sharp contrast with its rough exterior walls, this castle radiates a certain elegance owed to its fine stone carvings. The rampart walk offers a number of viewpoints of the fortress and its interior buildings and across the city. In the grounds, stroll around the moat and surrounding magnolia gardens. You can download a free app with a tour of the castle to your smartphone. Plan your visit to Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Nantes trip builder site.
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  • Really worth a visit, and under 17s are free. Well presented history and great walks around the ramparts. But there are a few buts....we bought our tickets in advance but still had to join the long...  more »
  • The castle in itself is very striking and beautiful, The museum is a fascinating and very extensive tour of the history of the castle and Nantes itself through the centuries. There is so much to see.....  more »
  • Amazing piece of history...well worth the trip. Very close to Nantes gare and city center. However English speakers may have a hard time to navigate as most is in French. Staff nice and accommodating. Overall, well structured and assembled. Wish I had more time to enjoy and spoke language.
  • Beautiful castle, located about five minutes walk from Gare de Nantes. The visit us free for the castle yard.

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