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Nantes Office de tourisme
Place du Commerce Nantes
44000

Tel:+33 (0)2 40 20 60 00
Fax:+33 (0)2 40 89 11 99

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Nantes used to be the capital of Brittany and still remains to a large extent Breton in its customs and traditions today.  However, due to its association with Henri IV and the Plantagenets Nantes was also linked to the Loire river establishing itself as the capital of the Pays de la Loire region.     

Nantes is a fascinating city which mixes high-tech industry and modern tower blocks with Art Nouveau squares, canals and a lively medieval centre.  Some of the best medieval buildings are situated in the Place du Change and Place St-Croix where you'll find chic bars and restaurants. 

The Jardin des Plantes is of noteworthy praise with beautiful flower-beds, fountains and duck ponds that date back to the 19th century.  There is also a children's playground to keep younger family members amused.

What to See - Nantes Attractions

Passage Pommeraye
rue Crebillon, Nantes 44000
19th century multi-level shopping centre

Musee Dobree
18 rue Voltaire, Nantes 44000
this museum houses antiques, medieval treasures and even the ivory and gilt heart of Anne de Bretagne
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun (free Sun) | Tel: +33 (0)2 40 71 03 50

Maille Breze
1km SW of tourist office, Nantes 44000
take a tour of this heroic French navy destroyer
| Admission charge | Opening Times: 14h00 - 17h00: daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 40 69 56 82

Musee Jules Verne
3 rue de L'Hermitage, Nantes 44000
artefacts about Nantes famous sci-fi writer Jules Verne
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mon and Wed-Sat | Tel: +33 (0)2 40 69 72 52

Musee d'Histoire Naturelle
12 rue Voltaire, Nantes 44000
excellent natural history museum with pythons & crocodiles
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)2 40 99 26 20

Musee des Beaux-Arts
10 rue Georges Clemenceau, Nantes 44000
noteworthy art gallery containing works by Georges de la Tour
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)2 40 41 65 65

Château des Ducs de Bretagne
Place Marc Elder, Nantes 44000
where edict of Nantes was signed allowing freedom to the city's Protestants
| Admission charge | Opening Times: To check (undergoing restoration work) | Tel: +33 (0)2 40 41 56 56

Cathedrale St-Pierre et St-Paul
Place St-Pierre, Nantes 44000
a masterpiece of Renaissance & Gothic art