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
From 2 June Courtyard and moat gardens, entrance free
7 days a week: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Rampart walk open 7 days a week: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Museum and exhibition
10 am to 6 pm, except Mondays. From 1st July to 31st August : everyday from 10.00 to 19.00.
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
DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE
Starting on July 21st, a EU Digital covid certificate will be required to access cultural venues for visitors 18 and up.
Then, as of August 30th, from 12 and up. A valid proof of health in certificate form with your name on it, as well as proof of identity, will have to be presented.
For visitors wishing to visit the Château des ducs de Bretagne and/or the Machines de l'Île on the same day, a dated wristband can be offered in order to present simply the health pass only once upon entering these sites.
For more information on acceptable documents, please visit: www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/pass-sanitaire
Free admission and free audioguide for holders of the Pass Nantes or Pass Château card holders
Castle interiors, museum and exhibition:
Admission: €5/€8/10€ with audioguide.
Book your PASS NANTES
4 place Marc Elder
Tramway, line 1. Duchesse Anne stop.
Tél. 0 811 46 46 44 (Service 0,05 €/min + prix d’appel)
Tél. +33 2 51 17 49 48 (depuis l'étranger / from abroad)
La Fraiseraie offers, in a new space, ice cream cones, ice cream pots and sticks with its unique concept around strawberry and fruit.
From 1st september : Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 13:30 am to 6.30 pm (except during french school holidays : Tuesday to Sunday 13:30 am to 6.30 pm) . Summer : open every day from 11am to 7.30pm.
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...