The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany

Loire Valley
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

The majestic Castle of the Dukes of Brittany is a fortified medieval castle built when Nantes was part of Brittany. Although its walls are rather austere, inside the courtyard you'll discover a brilliant white palace made of tufa stone. Built in the late Middle Ages by Duke Francis II and his daughter, Anne of Brittany, the palace is the last of the Loire châteaux before reaching the Atlantic ocean and was designed to protect the kingdom of Brittany from the growing Kingdom of France. Today, the elegant palace houses the Nantes History Museum in 32 of its rooms displaying 850 historical objects The museum looks at major events and periods in Nantes' history including the era of the slave trade, with which it was heavily involved, and also contains multimedia exhibits and a collection of memories of Nantes from artists, writers, poets and film-makers.

Find a holiday

Brittany Ferries holidays include return ferry travel with your car so you can explore at your own pace. What's more, you can pack everything you need to make the most of your time away - from bikes to surfboards and even the family pet.