Château des Ducs de Bretagne - Musée d'Histoire de Nantes
Set in the historic heart of Nantes, the Château des ducs de Bretagne is the city’s most important historic building, along with the Cathedral St. Pierre.
When looking at it from the city, it is a fortress with 500 metres of curtain walls punctuated by seven towers, all linked by a sentry walkway.
The inner courtyard reveals an elegant 15th century ducal residence made of tufa stone, in flamboyant gothic style and bearing the first traces of Renaissance inspiration, as well as other buildings dating back from the 16th and the 18th centuries. With their elegant white stone walls and sophisticated sculpted façades, they contrast strikingly with the rough textures of the exterior fortifications, made of granite blocks and separated by layers of schist.
The Château des ducs de Bretagne also welcomes the Musée d’Histoire de Nantes whose scenography offers a walking tour punctuated with 1.150 objects from its collection as well as interactive multimedia displays that are aesthetic, fun, and educational.
Discover the rebirth of a museum with its newly enriched collections pertaining to Nantes’ history (the slave trade, World War I and II…) thanks to local collection drives, and a new extension showcasing the city’s history from 1945 to today.
© Bernard Renoux
Courtyard, rampart walk and moat gardens, entrance free
7 days a week: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Museum and exhibition
10:30 am to 6 pm, except Mondays
Last sales from the ticket office half an hour before the closing time
SITE CLOSES EVERY YEAR ON:
Site closes every year on 1 January, 1 May, 1 November, 25 December
Castle interiors, museum and exhibition:
Free admission for holders of the Pass Nantes or an annual pass to a museum in Nantes.
Book your PASS NANTES
4 place Marc Elder
Tramway, line 1. Duchesse Anne stop.
Tél. 0 811 46 46 44 (Service gratuit + prix appel€/min)
Tél. +33 2 51 17 49 48 (depuis l'étranger / from abroad)
Restaurant les Oubliettes .
Closed from 31 October 2016 to 3 February 2017 (change of ownership)
The bookstore offers a selection of works focusing on history and the city (the castle’s own publishing house, Les Éditions du château, as well as other reference books). There is also a wide range of original products and merchandise inspired by Nantes and its identity: watercolours of Nantes by Eric Cabanas, château-inspired notebooks, French Revolution tokens with “Vivre libre ou mourir” (“Live free or die”), berlingot nantais (local specialty candy) or, for kids, a stuffed toy version of La Petite Hermine (Jacques Cartier’s boat), as well as the castle’s little ghost...