The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany - Nantes History Museum

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The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany - Nantes History Museum 4 place Marc Elder 44000 Nantes fr

The last of the great Loire Châteaux before the ocean, this Breton fortress with its 15th and 18th century buildings testify of the history of the city. Built by François II, the last Duke of Brittany, and continued by his daughter Anne of Brittany, twice Queen of France, the castle fortifications enclose a Renaissance palace with exquisitely carved façades and loggia.

Visit the Castle and its museum with all the family !

Recently restored to its full magnificence, the castle and its redesigned history museum are now fully accessible to visitors. Not to be missed for the whole family!

Explore the interior of the Ducal palace and the history of the city of Nantes: capital of the Dukes of Brittany, city of the Edict of Nantes in the time of Henri IV, a major Atlantic port since the 17th century, a booming industrial city in the 19th and 20th centuries, and now an impressive cultural and artistic centre.

The museum has been designed for visitors to enjoy at their own pace. Using your audioguide, you can structure your visit to suit the time you have available.


The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany is situated in the mediaeval Bouffay quarter, a few minutes' walk from the Cathedral, the Nantes Fine Art Museum, the International Conference Centre, le lieu unique Arts Centre and the railway station.

  • By high speed train: from Paris: 2 hrs (20 services daily).
  • By road: A11 from Paris - A83 from Bordeaux - RN 137 from Rennes.
  • By tram: line 1 - Duchesse Anne stop
  • Bus: route 4.