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Nantes, the historic city of the kings of Brittany, is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Breton history while enjoying its dynamic contemporary atmosphere.

Nantes has been part of the Loire-Atlantique department since 1790, but its inhabitants are still very much Breton in spirit. It's true that a charming scent of Armorica still hangs in the air in the city, built on the majestic river Loire. A detour via the countless crêpe shops in the quartier Graslin or Cours Cambronne will give you a real, delicious taste of this Celtic nostalgia.

Start your exploration of the city with a visit to the Château des ducs de Bretagne, which will immediately immerse you in the mediaeval atmosphere of the court of Anne of Brittany, who was Queen of France. If you come in the summer, try to book for the illumination of the moat and the ramparts, and unforgettable enchanting spectacle. The museum recounts the history of Nantes over five centuries; entry is free.

Next, take a little time to wander the cobbled streets around the superb passage Pommeraye, whose decorated arcades are filled with beautiful boutiques. The mediaeval area of Bouffay is perfect for a lively meal in the evening, with eel from the Loire, a glass of Muscadet and a salted caramel tart, for example. If you're looking for a waterside atmosphere, the banks of the Loire are charming– a slice of calm in the middle of the city – and the estuary, which goes from Nantes to Saint-Nazaire, is packed with natural and cultural treasures.

Lovers of visual art will be spoiled with two unmissable visits that are perfect for young and old alike. It's impossible to escape the Machines de l’île, which live in the former naval shipyards. Your children will love riding 12 metres up atop the giant mechanical elephant, and straddling the creatures of the 25-metre-high sea creatures carousel. Alongside the Saint-Félix canal, the former Lu biscuit factory (and its famous all-butter biscuits!) is now known as the Lieu Unique. The fantastic industrial building has been turned into an unusual art centre, with regularly changing exhibitions.

Nantes is the capital of the Loire-Atlantique department and you can get there by flying to Nantes Atlanique Airport or by high-speed train (two hours from Paris). In town, you can get around via the tramway.

Where to stay in Nantes

Nantes featuring heritage elements and heritage architecture

Nantes Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(59 area reviews)

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

Nantes Centre
Beaujoire, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France

Beaujoire

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

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.

Beaujoire
Ile de Nantes Palais des Congrès, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France

Ile de Nantes Palais des Congrès

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

Ile de Nantes Palais des Congrès is noteworthy for its river views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Machines of the Isle of Nantes and Loire Valley.

Ile de Nantes Palais des Congrès
Hauts-Paves - Saint-Felix, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France

Hauts-Paves - Saint-Felix

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Hauts-Paves - Saint-Felix is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Ile de Versailles and Loire Valley.

Hauts-Paves - Saint-Felix
Nantes Erdre, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France

Nantes Erdre

Unique features of Nantes Erdre include the river views and restaurants. Make a stop by Parc des Expositions de Nantes La Beaujoire or Stade de la Beaujoire while you're exploring the area.

Nantes Erdre
Nantes featuring heritage elements and heritage architecture

Graslin - Commerce

Graslin - Commerce is noteworthy for its coffee shops, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Loire Valley and Passage Pommeraye.

Graslin - Commerce

Top hotels in Nantes

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes
Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes
4 out of 5
6, Place Aristide Briand, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
The price is £82 per night

Located in Nantes Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Passage Pommeraye and Machines of the Isle of Nantes. Theatre Graslin and Place ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (639 reviews)
Perfect location

"Perfect location, clean and spacious room. Reception staff were very helpful and friendly. Through no fault of the hotel, construction work was going on beside the hotel adjacent to our room, so rather early noisy wake up Monday morning."…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019

Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes
Novotel Centre Nantes Bord de Loire
Novotel Centre Nantes Bord de Loire
4 out of 5
1 Boulevard Des Martyrs Nantais, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
The price is £72 per night

This family-friendly Nantes hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hotel Dieu Hospital and Machines of the Isle of Nantes. Le Lieu Unique and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (342 reviews)

"This hotel is conveniently located opposite the tram. It makes travel in and out of the city centre very easy."…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2019

Novotel Centre Nantes Bord de Loire
 Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Nantes - La Beaujoire
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Nantes - La Beaujoire
3 out of 5
2 rue des Citrines, Chemin du chateau de l'Aubiniere, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
The price is £52 per night

Located in Beaujoire, this eco-friendly residence is within 3 miles (5 km) of Stade de la Beaujoire, Beaujoire Floral Park and Parc des Expositions de Nantes ...

4.2/5Very Good! (358 reviews)
Value for Money

"Very friendly and efficient check in. Clean and well equipped, would definitely stay again"…"

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2019

Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Nantes - La Beaujoire

Popular places to visit in Nantes

Machines of the Isle of Nantes
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Machines of the Isle of Nantes

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Machines of the Isle of Nantes is a top museum in Nantes with a rich history. Amble around the area's gardens or visit its cathedral.

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

4.5/5(22 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Nantes with a visit to Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Nantes Cathedral
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Nantes Cathedral

4.5/5(31 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Nantes with a stop at Nantes Cathedral. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

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Nantes City Card
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Nantes City Card

£24
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Nantes Private Transfer from Nantes Airport to City centre
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Nantes Private Transfer from Nantes Airport to City centre

£55
Per adult
Nantes Private Transfer from Nantes city centre to Nantes Airport
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Nantes Private Transfer from Nantes city centre to Nantes Airport

£55
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