Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne (Castle of the Dukes of Brittany) Tours

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With its dramatic bridged moat, looming stone-brick watchtowers and gleaming white tufa, the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne (Castle of the Dukes of Brittany) is a glorious amalgamation of a grand ducal palace and medieval military fortress, set at the crest of Nantes’ Old Town. This is Nantes’ most impressive historic site, originally built in the 15th-century by François II, the last Duke of Brittany, and it’s an impeccably restored Gothic-Renaissance residence, surrounded by 500-meter-long curtain walls and atmospherically illuminated at night.

Today, visitors can follow the sentry walkway around the castle’s 7 towers, affording impressive views over the city and the manicured lawns and moat below, then find a picnic spot below the walls or dine at the central courtyard restaurant. The extensively restored castle interiors now also house the Nantes History Museum, where a series of exhibitions explore the castle’s former importance, Nantes’ merchant history and colonial years, and the future of the modern city. 

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The Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne is located just west of the Old Town in central Nantes. The castle grounds and ramparts are open daily from 10am-7pm, and 9am-8pm in July-Aug, and entrance is free. The museum is open daily except Mon from 10am-6pm and adult admission is €8 at the time of writing.
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Address: 4 Place Marc Elder, Nantes 44000, France
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Chateau des ducs de Bretagne Skip The Line Ticket

Chateau des ducs de Bretagne is a historic castle in Nantes that dates back to the 15th century. Save time waiting in long visitor lines at the entrance by having a skip-the-line ticket provided. You’ll bypass the crowds and head straight to the castle’s majestic interiors. See over 1000 historic artifacts, and learn about the history of the castle through its fascinating exhibitions.
  • Duration: 1 to 3 hrs
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Nantes City Pass

Discover Nantes with a 24-, 48- or 72-hour Nantes City Pass and enjoy free entry to  several city attractions, unlimited use of public transport, plus a range of tours and discounts. Ride the fantastical Marine Worlds Carousel, step back in time at the grand Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, and take a scenic cruise along the Loire River  — all with one great value, easy-to-use card.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Sightseeing Segway Tour of Nantes

Discover the top attractions in Nantes in a fun, and time-saving way—on a Segway tour. You’ll whizz through the streets, and cover more ground than you would on a walking tour. Travel past River Erdre, see the Cathedral, Château des ducs de Bretagne, and learn about the city’s fascinating history. As you’re in a small-group tour, you’ll get a more personalized experience with your guide.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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