Nantes

From the Château des ducs de Bretagne to the Passage Pommeraye, from the Musée d’arts to the Galerie des machines, every street in Nantes reveals its historical, architectural and artistic wealth. The city surprises visitors with its creativity and ability to constantly reinvent and renew itself.

Discovering the former city of Brittany’s dukes means enjoying exceptional architectural heritage, discovering contemporary artwork in random streets, and strolling around “the only city in France where I feel like something worthwhile might happen to me.” (André Breton).

Château des ducs de Bretagne - Nantes vu par Patrick Messina. 2011 © Patrick Messina/LVAN .

THE CASTLE OF THE DUKES OF BRITTANY

The inner courtyard reveals an elegant 15th century ducal residence made of tufa stone as well as other buildings dating back to the 15th and 18th centuries. With its exceptional collection, this 32-room museum is the ideal place to understand the history of Nantes, from the Breton Duchy right up to WWII.

Les Machines de l'île, parc des Chantiers, Nantes
© Franck Tomps / LVAN

A BESTIARY OF MACHINES

This totally unprecedented artistic project received the award for the most original attraction in the world. It sits at the crossroads of Jules Verne’s “invented worlds”, Leonardo da Vinci’s mechanical universe, and Nantes’ industrial history, all housed in the exceptional site of the city’s former shipyards. Not to be missed : the Gallery, the Grand Elephant and the Carousel of the marine Worlds.

Ligne verte
© Nautilus Nantes/LVAN

Follow the green line

Throughout Nantes, you’ll find a green line painted on the ground. All year long, it will take you from a work or art by one of today’s great artists to a remarkable example of our heritage, from classic sites to undiscovered treasures! This public collection with over 100 artworks by major artists is one of a kind in France and invites visitors to discover the city.

Crédit : Tadashi Kawamata, belvédère de l’hermitage, le voyage à Nantes 2019 © Martin Argyroglo

LE VOYAGE À NANTES

JULY AUGUST 2020-2021

Every year, Le Voyage à Nantes enhances its sensorial and poetic urban itinerary by inviting artists, creators, and architects to express themselves in public spaces. All along the green line that has been painted on the ground, the city is turned upside down by art!

NANTES’ HISTORY MUSEUM
Expression(s) décoloniale(s) #2, Romuald Hazoumè, Pièce Montée, Musée d'histoire de Nantes © David Gallard / LVAN

NANTES’ HISTORY MUSEUM

EXPRESSION(S) DÉCOLONIALE(S) #2, ROMUALD HAZOUMÈ
EXHIBITION – UNTIL NOVEMBER 14TH 2021

Major African contemporary artist, Romuald Hazoumè,organized an itinerary of his works throughout the castle courtyard and several rooms in the museum to decolonize our thinking, views, and perceptions.

Le Musée d'art
© Musée d'arts de Nantes - Hufton+Crow

MUSEUM Of ARTS

The Musée d’arts de Nantes with a new building dedicated to contemporary art, over 12,000 m2 of additional exhibition space since 2017, restored windows and facades, a new restaurant, and more… The museum’s rich collection extends from ancient to contemporary art and contains examples of every medium imaginable.

Le lieu unique
Tour LU, le lieu unique - Nantes vu par Patrick Messina. 2011 © Patrick Messina/LVAN .

LE LIEU UNIQUE

Housed in the former LU biscuit factory, le lieu unique is a venue for artistic exploration, as well as a friendly cultural hotspot that mixes styles, cultures and all sorts of people.

Le jardin des plantes
Filili Viridi, le Jardin des plantes, Le Voyage à Nantes 2020, Installation de L'Arroseur © Ville de Nantes / Jean-Félix Fayolles

THE BOTANICAL GARDEN

With its 7 hectares (17 acres) of greenery right in the heart of the city, over 10,000 living species, 800 m2 (8,600 sq. ft.) of greenhouses, Nantes’ botanical gardens are considered to be one of the top four in France.

Passage Pommeraye, Nantes
© Franck Tomps / LVAN

A 19TH CENTURY COVERED ALLEYWAY

There aren’t many European towns that can claim to have a more architecturally valuable shopping arcade: Passage Pommeraye, a 19th century covered gallery.

Tadashi Kawamata, belvédère de l’hermitage, le voyage à Nantes 2019 © Martin Argyroglo

PROMENADE DES BELVÉDÈRES

Towering above the Chantenay neighbourhood are six belvederes – including a monumental one by Tadashi Kawamata – all offering an exceptional panoramic view of the city. This walking tour will take you from Musée Jules Verne to the brand new “Jardin extraordinaire”.

LE MÉMORIAL DE L’ABOLITION DE L’ESCLAVAGE
Mémorial de l'abolition de l'esclavage. Nantes (Loire-Atlantique). © Franck Tomps / LVAN

MEMORIAL TO THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY

An impressive 400 meter-long walkway under the quayside, from the Victor-Schoelcher passage to the Anne-de-Bretagne bridge. This memorial pays homage to all those who have fought and are still fighting against slavery in all its forms throughout the world.

Trentemoult
Quai du village de Trentemoult. Rezé (Loire-Atlantique) © Jean-Dominique Billaud - Nautilus/LVAN

TRENTEMOULT QUARTER

It’s only a short ferry ride away making it close to the centre of town. Trentemoult lives at its own pace: its narrow streets, brightly painted houses, old-style bars and patio tables are locked in a time of their own.

FYI

Where to eat

A selection of restaurants in Nantes, its outskirts, and its surrounding vineyards are yours to discover on www.lestablesdenantes.fr. Our Top 4 are: L’Aménité – Auberge de la Madelaine – Roza – Sources

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