Château des Ducs de Bretagne

Château des Ducs de Bretagne, Nantes: Hours, Address, Château des Ducs de Bretagne Reviews: 4.5/5

Château des Ducs de Bretagne

Château des Ducs de Bretagne
4.5
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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
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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lucydog
Carlisle, UK98 contributions
A lack of loos!
Aug 2020 • Family
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 queue at the ticket office, so not much point really. The staff are officious. I was told off as my handbag is actually a small leather back pack. It’s tiny btw and was made to carry it. I was also told off for opening a window. It wasn’t me though, I was only looking through it! Finally my husband had a disagreement about the toilets. There are no loos around the exhibition, they are only on the ground floor. So he had to go back down and then had an argument as he didn’t have his ticket, because hey we bought them digitally. Customer service needs to be brought into line with 21st century expectations, maybe a smile goes a long way. We both have good French which is useful if you need the loo.
Written 5 August 2020
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Dan Hershon
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Stunning museum, hassling staff!
Aug 2020 • Family
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 and do that you really need a whole day or two visits to appreciate the quality of the exhibits and the amazing range of interactive and audio visual resources. However, the visit was slightly spoiled by the unnecessary officiousness of the staff- my wife was told off twice, once for not carrying her small leather handbag in front of her (why I have no idea!) and once by another staff member for apparently opening a window which she hadn’t opened- somebody else had done it! Also, as there are no toilets anywhere in the museum exhibition spaces (why not?) I had to go all the way back to the ticket hall to find the toilets and then had to remonstrate with another member of staff who wouldn’t let me back in, even though I explained that my wife had already shown our tickets on her phone. Then near the end of the exhibition, I was hassled by another staff member who kept telling me where the exit was- I didn’t want to know about the exit- I was trying to look at the World War 2 exhibits. Just get off my back please! Generally we found the staff’s attitude over the top and they made us feel uncomfortable- even allowing for Covid restrictions, we shouldn’t be made to feel like this. We do speak fluent French, so we weren’t misunderstanding what they were telling us, but some of the staff here need retraining in customer relations- especially for overseas visitors.
Written 5 August 2020
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Paul M
Aberdeen, UK17 contributions
Beautiful castle
Feb 2020 • Couples
Fantastic visit. Best attraction in nantes! Stunning views and a great piece of history.
Can either walk around the outside or pop in for the museum tour for only a few quid!
Written 8 February 2020
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KEinSF
San Francisco, CA135 contributions
Stunning Chateau and full of history
Jan 2020 • Solo
Take a few hours to learn the history of Nantes from the medieval to WWII - the castle interior tour takes you through all the important events in the history of this fascinating city. There are guides in different languages in the entrance and in every room there are information boards written in multiple languages. Learn about the role of Nantes in the slave trade and about the Lu biscuit factory. Sadly you cannot buy the biscuits in nantes anymore !
Although there is a small elevator to all exhibition floors, there are many steps and narrow doorways.
The walk around the ramparts is a must, with great views of the cathedral and the tower that marked the entrance to the Lu biscuit factory.
The chateau is the best attraction in Nantes!
Written 5 February 2020
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UtterNashi
London, UK119 contributions
Stunning
Jan 2020
Well worth the trip. Amazing to think this was built so long ago. The architecture and ramparts are beautiful. The access was free and you can pretty much walk around everywhere.
Written 26 January 2020
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Stephenbkk20156
Okayama Prefecture, Japan712 contributions
Looks just like a castle should
Aug 2019
I was out for an early morning walk. The area around our hotel did not feel particularly salubrious, so I crossed a major bridge and started to see what looked like a fabtasy castle.

The more I walked, the more fantasy-like it looked. Turrets, moat, walls, a drawbridge. And was that a huge waterslide I saw going into the moat? Long stone walls. Enough corners and bulges to keep it interesting.

I ended up walking all the way around the castle, but did not go inside as it was still way before opening time.

Early morning joggers, walkers, tourists like myself, people heading off to work. But not too many people. Plenty of chances to take photos of the castle.

Really loved this building. Wished I could have seen it from the inside.

Oh, and it's right downtown. Parking might be a problem for people not staying there.
Written 17 January 2020
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maea8
Perth, Australia32 contributions
intersting
Dec 2019
The goats were a surprise and it is still in use so you only see the outside but worth a visit.Wish they still had the moat.
Written 18 December 2019
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Fred G
Milton, Canada497 contributions
Beautiful castl
Sep 2019
Our group of travelers from Canada visited this most imposing castle on our recent tour of Brittany. The castle once belonged to the Duke of Brittany and was built in the renaissance period. Anne his daughter married two kings of France and all along tried to keep Brittany separate from France. Even today a true Brittany resident will say they are not French but Britagne. Very interesting place to visit-historic and breathtaking. Worth a visit if in Brittany.
Written 9 November 2019
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MissDJ82
Shrewsbury, UK68 contributions
Really interesting, modern style museum
Oct 2019
We paid €8 each to visit and, with 32 rooms, it was worth every cent. Whilst the items and information is obviously historical, the feel of the museum was modern and interesting. Lots of interactive experiences, unusual items on display and enough English that it kept our attention through out.
Whilst you have to pay to go into the museum, the keep, walls and moated area are all open to the public to wander around.
Written 8 November 2019
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522depeche
Cheltenham, UK137 contributions
Can't miss it
Sep 2019
Wow an absolutely stunning Chateau. Quite an awesome structure. Looked fantastic with a lovely blue background
Written 6 November 2019
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