Tourism

Château des Ducs de Bretagne

The Château des Ducs de Bretagne (Castle of the Dukes of Brittany) is a large castle located in the centre of Nantes. It is situated on the right bank of the Loire, which formerly fed its moat. It was the residence of the Dukes of Brittany between the 13th and 16th centuries, subsequently becoming the Breton residence of the French Monarchy. Today the castle houses the Nantes History Museum. The 500-metre round walk on the fortified ramparts provides views not just of the castle buildings and courtyards but also of the town.
 

Machines of the Isle of Nantes

Les Machines de l’île is a totally unprecedented artistic project. Born from the imaginations of François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice, it is at the crossroads of Jules Verne’s "invented worlds", the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and of Nantes’ industrial history, on the exceptional site of the former shipyards. When this majestic elephant goes out for a walk, it is like architecture in motion leaving a steel cathedral. 50 passengers can embark on an amazing journey. Once aboard, you will see the moving gears that power the legs. A machinist will tell you stories about the elephant and have it blast its trunk for your pleasure.
 

Nantes Cathedral

Nantes Cathedral, or the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of Nantes (Cathédrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Nantes), is a Roman Catholic church in the city centre. It is in the Gothic architectural style. The construction of the cathedral began in 1434, on the site of a Romanesque cathedral, and took 457 years to finish, finally reaching completion in 1891.
 

LU (Lieu Unique)

The Lieu Unique is a national center for contemporary arts and a music venue in Nantes. Opened on 1st January 2000, it is housed in a former biscuit factory in the city center. It was founded by Jean Blaise and is now directed (since January 2011), by Patrick Gyger. The Lieu Unique is home to a bar, a restaurant, a bookstore, a hammam, a day nursery and a gift shop. The iconic tower of the former factory, with a view of the city, can also be visited.
 

Natural History Museum of Nantes

The museum represents an important scientific heritage, and the sheer number of its specimens places it among the top few in France. Its collections cover all the areas of natural history: zoological collections, regional wildlife, mineralogy and also has a reptile house containing regional and exotic reptiles. It also houses temporary exhibitions.
  
   

Jules Verne Museum

Jules Verne is a great source of pride for Nantes. He was born in the city in 1828 and lived here for 20 years, before he became the famous author we all know nowadays. The museum was founded in 1978 for to mark the 150th anniversary of Jules Verne's birth. It offers real "travel in the heart of the Vernian writing". 

   

The Art Museum of Nantes

The Musée de Beaux-Arts was founded in 1801 by Napoleon Bonaparte in parallel with 14 other museums,  to collect paintings, sculptures and prints of the 19th and 20th century. It was recently extebded in order to add the Cube, a new building dedicated to contemporary art. With this new part you may find in this museum any type of art. 

Published on July 12, 2017 Updated on August 27, 2018