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The château of Nantes is situated in the heart of the city.
The château of the Dukes of Brittany has served as both a residential palace and defensive fortress; its imposing granite towers and towering frontage are impressive.
The elegant 15th century ducal residence houses the Nantes History Museum within its walls. In this unique museum you can browse a collection of more than 800 exhibits whilst you discover the history of Nantes in a lively, animated way.
The buildings have been fully restored and its easy access makes it a great place for all the family to visit. You can take a guided tour through the 32 themed rooms and learn about Nantes’ heritage - including its connection with Britain, the slave trade and major industrial developments. The museum also features temporary exhibitions and a rich cultural program.
A walk round the ramparts gives magnificent views of the city and its abundance of ardoise roofs. At night, the château, bathed in light, appears almost magical.