Top Historical Places in Nantes

Are you looking to explore the history of Nantes through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Nantes including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Nantes. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Nantes ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Nantes, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Nantes for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Nantes with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Memorial De L'abolition De L'esclavage


    The French memorial is solely dedicated to the abolition of Slave trade in Nantes. The city council decided to build it on 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery. The exhibition within the memorial displays the history of salve trade, including shipments of Nantais in 18th century.
  2. Place Du Bouffay

    Outdoors, Historical Site, Town, Architecture

    Place du Bouffay is located right at the center of Nantes, in Bouffay district. Bouffay district is said to be popular because of its historical past and when it comes to a tour to this district, this Place is considered as the starting point. It was once a courtyard and the first fortress of Bouffay. However, with the removal of the Duke reign, the place got turned into a market and the theate...Read more
  3. Chateau Des Ducs De Bretagne

    Castle, Architecture

    Located in the historical center of Nantes, this castle is considered as the important building of the city. From the exterior, it is a fortress of 500 meter tall with curtain walls, divided by seven towers linked by a sentry walk. A step into the interior, welcomes you with a huge courtyard with a 15th century ducal residence, build in gothic architectural style. The white stone walls and clas...Read more
  4. L'ile Feydeau

    Outdoors, Historical Site, Architecture , Heritage Building

    This isle is said to be a magnificent example of architectural work within Nantes. According to history, it represents the luxurious lifestyle of the marine traders during 18th century. However, with the increasing number of establishments around the river Erdre and Loire, the isle started to lose its glory. The granite border of the lawn reminds you that once river was there. The remaining whi...Read more
  5. Place Marechal- Foch

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    Place Marechal- Foch

    Outdoors, Historical Site, Architecture , Heritage Building

    It is an architectural complex built in 18th century and is said to be one of the famous place of Nantes. This place is located in the district area of the city. However, since 2006, the place now houses the northern terminus (station Foch Cathedral) of the line 4. 
  6. Le Cours Cambronne Nantes

    Historical Site, Statue, Square, Architecture

    It is a popular square of the city and is accessible through the gates located at the ends of Piron Street on the east and Street Cadeniers in the west. At the center, you get to see the statue of Pierre Cambronne. However, the history says that the square was previously considered as a convent. The striking feature of the square is the surrounding 16 buildings having neoclassical architectural...Read more
  7. Chateau De Goulaine


    This is a former castle in the Loire Valley. It has been a residence to the family of marquis de Goulaine for more than thousand years. The castle was constructed in a conservative style. The butterfly aviary showcases hundreds of tropical butterflies. The LU’s Museum displays the art and advertising collection of different brand of biscuits. This is a fantastic place which provides nice ...Read more
  8. Abbatiale De Saint-philbert

    Historical Site, Statue, Architecture , Monastery

    This is a monastery which was founded in the ninth century by Beneditine monks. The structure displays a Carolingian style. Due to changes with time, it exposed some other styles including Romanesque style. This abbey was used as a market hall in the nineteenth century, at present it served as a place of worship. The statue of Philibert Tournus is situated in the abbey. This beautiful historic ...Read more
  9. Basilique Saint Nicolas

    Church, Religious Site, Outdoors, Historical Site

    This is a French basilica which displays a Gothic Revival. It is one of the two popular basilicas in France. A church was constructed in the 11th and 12th century adjoining the grounds of Peter of Brittany. This church was restored in 1478. Under the leadership of Felix Fournier the construction of the new building began and was protected as a historical monument. With its stained windows and c...Read more