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Château des Ducs de Bretagne (Castle of the Dukes of Brittany) Tours and Activities

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Château des Ducs de Bretagne (Castle of the Dukes of Brittany)
With its dramatic bridged moat, looming stone-brick watchtowers and gleaming white tufa, the Château 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 Château 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.
Address: 4 Place Marc Elder, Nantes 44000, France
Admission: €8
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Nantes City Pass

Nantes City Pass

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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.
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  • 1 to 3 days
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Segway: "Inside the Historical Center of Nantes" - city tour Nantes - 1H00

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Discover the top attractions in Nantes in a fun, and time-saving way—on a Segway tour. 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. With this small-group tour, get a more personalized experience.
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  • 1 hour
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$36.30
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Segway: "The Great Escape" - city tour Nantes - 2H00

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Segway guided tours are a very special and surprising way to visit Nantes. It's also convenient in most streets. It makes good memories and allows you to visit a city in a few hours instead of a few days.
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  • 2 hours
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Segway: "Nantes's Patrimony" City tour Nantes - 1H30

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Experience the best of Nantes in a fun and efficient way on this 90-minute Segway tour. Get a great overview of the city as you visit highlights like the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, Place Bouffay, Passage Pommeray, Place Royale, the Jules Verne House, Water Mirror, and more. Cover distance with ease and discover the many sides of this charming French city.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Segway: "The Wide Angle" city tour Nantes - 2H30

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Everything you need to see is in this tour ! The city's historical center, Nantes's island, the elephant, the castle and every form of art in Nantes is on schedule for this amazing tour ! Guided by an English, French and/or Spanish speaking guide, you will find exactly what you are looking for ! Book this tour and enjoy the ride ! ;)
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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The Instagrammable Spots of Nantes with a Local

The Instagrammable Spots of Nantes with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. If you want to spice up your instagram feed and impress your friends with stunning shots from your travels, then you are at the right place! Let me show you the most beautiful and impressive spots in Nantes and guide you with some useful tips to take good pictures from your phone or camera! Of course, while strolling through the city and taking photos of the most unique places, you will also get to know more about Nantes and learn about its secrets from a local’s perspective. Join me on this adventure and bring your insta feed to the next level. Make sure you don’t book this experience too late, as you don’t want to miss the golden hour!
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Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Nantes with official tour guide

Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Nantes with official tour guide

Nantes is truly a unique city to visit. You will have a chance to visit the Cathedral of Nantes, amazing views and green gardens, and of course a view of the Castle of Duques of Bretagne. You will be able to enjoy much more during this private tour. The tour will be a 3 hour private walking tour. Your private tour guide will show you around the best parts of Nantes. Here is an example of some of the sites that you will enjoy in Nantes: Marc Elder Square Statue Anne of Brittany Castle of Dukes of Brittany Nantes Cathedral Cours Cambronne - Bouffay square Passage Pommeraye Graslin theatre area Fountain de la Place Royale The exact order will depend on the exact starting time. We will arrange the exact itinerary depending on that. The exact time spent in all the locations will also depend on how much time is spent at each.
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  • 3 hours
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