Top Choice Castle in Nantes

Château des Ducs de Bretagne

Forget fusty furnishings – 32 stripped, light-filled rooms inside the restored Castle of the Dukes of Brittany house multimedia-rich exhibits detailing the city's history. Computer terminals allow you to tour the ol…
Top Choice Amusement Park in Nantes

Les Machines de l'Île de Nantes

Nantes' quirkiest sight is this fantasy world – a serious and seriously wacky workshop with mechanical contraptions galore displayed in plant-filled hothouses – where you can fly giant herons in La Galerie des Machi…
Cathedral in Nantes

Cathédrale St-Pierre et St-Paul

Inside Nantes' Flamboyant Gothic cathedral, the tomb of François II (r 1458–88), Duke of Brittany, and of his second wife, Marguerite de Foix, is a masterpiece of Renaissance art. Enjoy a moment of peace afterwards …
Park in Nantes

Jardin des Plantes

Opened in 1860, this exquisitely landscaped city park is one of France's most interesting botanical gardens. Century-old magnolia and mulberry trees, Japanese maples, tulip trees, redwoods (sequoias) and magnificent…
Museum in Nantes

Musée d'Histoire Naturelle

Nantes' Natural History Museum has a fascinating collection of minerals, fossils, stuffed animals and an impressive whale skeleton. There are frequent temporary exhibitions.
Museum in Nantes

Musée Jules Verne

Overlooking the river, this is a magical museum with 1st-edition books, hand-edited manuscripts and cardboard theatre cut-outs. Child-friendly interactive displays introduce or reintroduce you to the work of Jules V…