The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany

Atlantic Loire Valley
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.

Places to visit nearby

Nantes, in Atlantic Loire Valley, is a beautiful city that was once the long-held historical capital of Brittany and is today a vibrant hub for the creative arts.

La Baule in Atlantic Loire Valley is a fantastic, stylish seaside resort famed for its beach - an expanse of fine sand nearly 9km long that is regarded as one of the best beaches in Europe.

Angers in Atlantic Loire Valley is an artistic city on the banks of the River Maine, that is steeped in medieval history and full of beautiful gardens and parks.

Nearby attractions

Building began on this Gothic cathedral, which houses the tombs of François II, the last Duke of Brittany and his wife Marguerite de Foix, in 1434.

An arts centre created in the old LU biscuit factory, this is a hub for modern theatre, dance, art, music, literature, philosophy... So many interesting aspects of culture.

Follow the 4km of path in this spectacular botanical garden to experience fragrances of camellias, magnolias and other exotic flowers with 70,000 flowers blooming across the seasons.