Cultural & Artistic attractions

The Ducs de Bretagne castle

This castle was built in the fifteenth century by Francis II, the last Duke of Brittany, who intended it be both a military fortress and a residence for the court of the duchy. After his death, the construction would be completed by his daughter Anne of Brittany, twice the Queen of France, who added numerous embellishments to her father’s plans.

The castle was officially classified as a historic monument in 1840, since when it has housed the Nantes History Museum. The museum’s 32 rooms tell the complete history of the city, its castle and the region of Brittany. Paintings, sculptures, maps, engravings, posters, photographs… In total more than 850 works bear witness to the history of the city and help visitors to better understand the past and present issues affecting Nantes and its surrounding areas. With its many cultural shows, exhibitions, concerts and activities, the castle’s cultural calendar is always fully booked.

A historic treasure that can be reached from the hotel by foot in only five minutes! 

Courtyard, rampart walk and moat gardens, entrance free
7 days a week: 10 am to 7 pm
3 July – 30 August: 9 am to 8 pm, and later on Saturday nights until 11 pm

Museum and exhibition
10 am to 6 pm, except Mondays
3 July – 30 August: 10 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week

Address: 4, place Marc Elder, 44000 Nantes
For more info, please visit their Website and Facebook. 

The Machines de l’île de Nantes

Developed by François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice, the Machines are a totally unprecedented concept in France. Located on the site of some former shipyards along the banks of the Loire River, the unique wonders and discoveries offered by the Machines de l’île enchant both adults and children. 

A journey full of magical moments between the Machine Gallery, the Marine Worlds Carrousel (« Thea Awards ») prize for the world’s most original attraction in 2014), the Heron Tree and the Big Elephant!
 
Address: Parc des Chantiers - Bd Léon Bureau, 44200 Nantes
For more info about the opening hours, please visit their Website. 

Photo credits: © Jean-Dominique Billaud

The Water Mirror

Unveiled last September at the Ducs de Bretagne castle, the water mirror (or miroir d'eau) is a symbolic installation, located at the site of an ancient branch of the River Loire that has been filled in since the 1930s.
It is an original creation, composed of 1,300m² of grey and black slabs of Spanish granite covered by 2cm of water. The installation thereby creates a mirror effect reflecting the image of the castle.

The water remains in place around the clock, and a charming light show is held every evening between 9pm and 11:30pm. It is a lovely sight to enjoy just a short walk from OKKO's Nantes Château hotel, at the Place Marc-Elder.

Photo credits: © www.nantes-tourisme.com / © www.nantes.fr

The Lieu Unique

Former biscuits factory LU turned into an atypical art centre in 2000, the Lieu Unique is a crazy and unique project! Here, you will find a bar, a shop, theatre (nationwide tour venue) a hammam, a day nursery and the LU tower.

The Lieu Unique totals more than 200 days of exhibitions and hosts over forty shows each year.

For more info, please visit their website.  

The Passage Pommeraye

If one destination in Nantes is truly unmissable, it's the Passage Pommeraye!

Authentic and rich in history, this landmark also offers first-class shopping in its boutiques. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Passage Pommeraye is one of the most beautiful covered walkways in Europe. It would be a travesty to miss out on such an architectural gem.

Inspired by the most luxurious Parisian passages, the Passage Pommeraye was inaugurated in 1843 under the reign of Louis-Philippe. It soon became an iconic city landmark in Nantes. Very popular among artists, the passage has very often been used as backdrop for films, including Lola, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Jacquot de Nantes among others. 

A large glass roof overlooks a large flight of steps and three galleries: the "galerie de la Fosse", the "galerie Régnier" and the "galerie Santeuil". Just as in its early days, the passage houses the city’s most luxurious brands. These include Hermès, Durance, Le Tanneur, Nature et Découvertes and many more.

For more info, please visit their Website

Photo credits: ©passagepommeraye.fr / © www.levoyageanantes.fr

Trentemoult

Trentemoult is an ancient fishing and sailing village located in the municipality of Rezé on the banks of the River Loire. Our trip starts at the Nantes ferry terminal, where the Navibus provides connections to destinations on the River Loire.

After a boat journey of around ten minutes, you will find out for yourself all about the charm of this unique village, renowned for its narrow streets and colourful facades. The boats that shuttle between the Nantes ferry terminal and Trentemoult’s port leave around every 20 minutes.

The Loire Navibus is free with the ‘Pass Nantes’, which is made available to you when you make your online booking for OKKO Nantes Château.

For more info, please visit their Website 

The Hab Gallery

The Hab Gallery is part of the Hangar 21, better known to locals as the Hangar à Bananes (the Banana Warehouse) located at the western tip of the Ile de Nantes.

Now, the building is part of the Voyage à Nantes project, and is permanently dedicated to contemporary art. The Galley hosts 3 to 4 exhibitions each year.

For more info, please visit their website

The Bateau Lavoir

The Bateau Lavoir is an open-air restaurant dreamt up by François Delarozière for the last Floralies Internationales flower festival in Nantes in 2009.

Only a few minutes’ walk from the centre of town, the establishment follows the classic tradition of the French guinguette, with musical events, a beautiful dance floor and a wooden terrace on the waterfront. Its relaxing, pastoral setting is the perfect place to escape the commotion of the city. Whether it be to share a nice lunch on the terrace, to fit in a drink while on a walk, or for an evening aperitif on the waterfront… this is an establishment that lends itself to any occasion.

After a trip to the Talensac market, the Bateau Lavoir invites you onto its terrace to sample the delicious food that you’ve just unearthed on the stalls of the local producers. The staff are happy to provide you with knives, plates and butter, as well as suggesting a drink to accompany your feast!

The Bateau Lavoir stages a varied programme of events with weekend concerts, French accordion music on Sunday afternoons and a whole lot more besides (evening aperitifs, shows, theatre performances…).

Opening hours: 
Monday to Saturday: 5pm - 12pm
Sunday: 12am - 6pm

Address: Bateau Lavoir - Quai Ceineray, 44041 Nantes
☎ 02 40 48 60 40
For more info, please visit their Website and Facebook

Photo credits: © www.groupe-bremond.com 

Leave in Time

Leave in Time is Nantes’ first live escape game. This is a phenomenon which has attracted thousands of fans, and has become impossible to ignore! Live escape gaming is a real life challenge inspired by the world of Asian video games. It consists of teams of between 3 and 5 players having to solve a series of mental challenges and logic puzzles.

The principle could not be simpler: you have 60 minutes, and not a second longer, to find your way out of a locked room. But how? The room is packed with clues, enigmas and codes which your team has to crack in order to reach the next step of the adventure.

Opening hours:
Monday - Sunday: 10am - 12am

Adresse: 2, allée des Tanneurs - Cours des 50 Otages, 44000 Nantes
☎ 09.82.40.54.24

For more info, please visit their website

The Jules Verne Museum

Jules Verne, an author of adventure and science-fiction novels, is one of France's most globally popular writers! The Jules Verne Museum, located within a vast 19th century bourgeois mansion atop the Sainte-Anne hill, is the place to visit in order to discover the fantastic worlds and works of this illustrious author.

Verne, author of the Voyages Extraordinaires (a series made up of 62 novels and 18 short stories) was born in Nantes in 1828 on the island of Feydeau, where he spent his entire childhood. His vivid imagination and insatiable curiosity, combined with rigorous scientific research and a high attention to detail, are the secrets behind his uniquely popular and widely-known body of work.

The Jules Verne Museum in Nantes aims to introduce visitors to the author's life, as well as showcasing the richness and diversity of his writing. The museum leads visitors on a journey through Verne's childhood and family environment, explores the sea and sailing, delves into the known and unknown worlds that make up his literary universe, and features its own models of extraordinary machines.

Address: Musée Jules Verne - 3, rue de l'Hermitage, 44100 Nantes
For more info, please visit their Website. 

Photo credits: © www.nantes-tourisme.com.jpg / © Ville de Nantes / © www.julesverne.nantesmetropole.fr

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