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Nantes awaits: its history, parks, museums, and more!

With its significant role in historical events from antiquity to the French Revolution, Nantes oozes national heritage. Study modern monuments and exciting culture trails to experience an art-rich city. Art festivals and diverse architectural flourishes have redefined the former province of Brittany’s medieval capital.

Nantes’ varied architecture is a major attraction. Learn about the city’s former reign as a Brittany icon when you visit the Château des ducs de Bretagne. From here, see the ruins of the Roman city walls and St. Peter’s Gate. Explore Le Bouffay, Nantes’ medieval heart, to see the Gothic Nantes Cathedral and Psalette mansion. Admire the ornate belfry towering above the Sainte-Croix Church. For modern architectural highlights, investigate the magnificent glass roof of the Passage Pommeraye and the 20th-century landmark Station Prouvé.

Admire sweeping city views from soaring Tour de Bretagne. Stroll along the Loire River banks and see intriguing public artworks on the Quai des Antilles. Follow Le Voyage à Nantes, a green-painted line weaving along miles of inner-city pavement to highlight a curated selection of public artworks, architectural treasures and monuments. This art project is also the force behind the Estuaire Nantes – Saint Nazaire art trail, which displays 30 artworks along the Loire River’s estuary. See more art displayed in the Fine Arts Museum, while zoological displays and minerals are showcased at the Natural History Museum of Nantes. Enjoy an Angers-Nantes Opéra performance at the Théâtre Graslin or catch a giant marionette show by the Royal de Luxe street theater company.

Have a break at a traditional terraced café or restaurant and enjoy Nantes’ fantastic offerings of fresh seafood and local produce. Try oysters, langoustines, cheeses and regional pastries. A short distance from the city, find a collection of vineyards growing Nantes’ celebrated muscadet wines.

Reach Nantes via plane or rail. A tram network facilitates getting around the city. Learn about Nantes’ fascinating heritage as you tour around the city’s historic seaport, medieval quarter and contemporary art trails.

Known for

Skyscrapers, Historical Buildings and Natural Parks

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Where to stay in Nantes

Nantes Centre
Nantes which includes heritage elements and heritage architecture

Nantes Centre

Known for Shopping, Historical Buildings, Museums

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Visitors often come to Nantes Centre for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Passage Pommeraye and Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Commerce Tram Stop.

Ile de Nantes Palais des Congrès
The Machines of the Isle of Nantes
trover photo by Damien Petit

Ile de Nantes Palais des Congrès

Known for Urban, Friendly People, Walking

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Visitors to Ile de Nantes Palais des Congrès enjoy its river views, and if you want to do some exploring, Machines of the Isle of Nantes is worth a stop.

Beaujoire
Beaujoire, Nantes, France

Beaujoire

Known for Natural Parks, Nature, Skyscrapers

4/5(3 reviews)

You'll enjoy the bars and gardens in Beaujoire. You might want to make time for a stop at Stade de la Beaujoire or Parc des Expositions de Nantes La Beaujoire.

Salorges - Sainte-Anne
Salorges - Sainte-Anne, Nantes, France

Salorges - Sainte-Anne

Known for Museums

Travelers like the museums in Salorges - Sainte-Anne, and Jules Verne Museum is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Mairie de Doulon
Mairie de Doulon, Nantes, France

Mairie de Doulon

Known for Natural Parks

Travelers like the parks in Mairie de Doulon, and Parc du Grand-Blottereau is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Top Hotels in Nantes

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Première Classe Nantes Sud - Rezé Aéroport
Première Classe Nantes Sud - Rezé Aéroport
1 out of 5
4 Impasse Ordronneau, Reze, Loire-Atlantique
NT$1,252
per night
Oct 19 - Oct 20

Situated in Reze, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Machines of the Isle of Nantes, Passage Pommeraye, and Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany. Nantes Cathedral ...

3/5 (484 reviews)
Great location and friendly staff

"Great location and friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 2019/1/13

Première Classe Nantes Sud - Rezé Aéroport
ibis Nantes Centre Tour Bretagne
ibis Nantes Centre Tour Bretagne
3 out of 5
19 Rue Jean Jaures, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
NT$1,474
per night
Nov 2 - Nov 3

Located in Viarme, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place Royale and Passage Pommeraye. Nantes Cathedral and Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (432 reviews)

"Clean and comfortable room, the shower was very small"…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/8

ibis Nantes Centre Tour Bretagne
Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes
Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes
4 out of 5
6, Place Aristide Briand, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
NT$2,863
per night
Nov 11 - Nov 12

Located in Nantes Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Passage Pommeraye, Nantes Cathedral, and Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany. Jardin ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (584 reviews)

"Great daytime service. Night time staff are not well trained. Beautiful building"…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/14

Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes

Popular things to do in Nantes

Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany
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Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany

4.5/5(19 reviews)

Learn more about the local history when you visit Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany, a well-known historical site in Nantes. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Nantes Cathedral
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Nantes Cathedral

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Learn more about the local history when you visit Nantes Cathedral, a well-known historical site in Nantes. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

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