Must-sees in Nantes
Discovering Nantes, labelled « Ville et Pays d’Art et d’Histoire »
From our hotel in Clisson, the Best Western Plus Villa Saint-Antoine Hôtel & Spa, set off to discover the city of Nantes, located 30 minutes away. Nantes invites you to discover its famous Machines de l'Île, its historical monuments, its many parks, its magnificent panoramas and so much more!
Find below our ideas of places and monuments to see in Nantes.
1. The Machines de l'Île
An invitation to dream and travel... Discover this unique artistic universe installed on the site of the former shipyards of Nantes. Curious machines currently populate the Île de Nantes:
- the Great Elephant
- the Carrousel des Mondes Marins
- the Galerie des Machines and its Heron Tree project with the chameleon, the bird parade, the sloth, the hummingbirds and the flight of wild geese.
2. The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany
The Château des Ducs de Bretagne and its Museum of Nantes History are located in the medieval quarter of Nantes. These remarkable buildings from the 15th and 17th centuries offer you a journey through five centuries of history.
In the museum, discover the history of the city of Nantes: the castle and ducal Brittany, the two world wars, the industrial history, the port activity...
3. The Nantes Museum of Art
Located between the Cathedral and the Jardin des Plantes, the Nantes Museum of Art presents more than 12,000 works ranging from ancient to contemporary art. A nice visit to learn more about the whole history of art from the 13th to the 21st century.
4. The Passage Pommeraye
As part of the Voyage à Nantes, discover one of the most beautiful covered passages in Europe. This 19th century architectural masterpiece is in fact a shopping arcade with numerous shops and also houses.
The Passage Pommeraye connects two districts: the Place Royale and the Place Graslin.
5. The Jardin des Plantes
Enjoy a relaxing break in a 7-hectare green setting, located opposite Nantes train station. Each season, more than 50,000 flowers are planted in the Jardin des Plantes, which has been awarded the "Jardin Remarquable" label.
6. Le Lieu Unique
Close to the station and the city centre, discover this district full of industrial memories. Located in the former LU biscuit factory, the Lieu Unique is now a performance venue that mixes genres: music, dance, theatre, literature, visual arts...
7. But also
- the island of Versailles
- the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral
- the hangar à bananes
- the village of Trentemoult
- the Jules Vernes museum
- the Graslin opera house