Get a taste of the good life and enjoy the city’s rich heritage with a weekend in Nantes. Visit the Château of the Dukes of Brittany right in the heart of the old town, and Nantes History Museum inside, to learn about the town’s heritage. The Gothic Nantes Cathedral is another must-see. After spending the night in a Première Classe hotel, continue your getaway with a trip to the botanical garden, an incredible and immense English landscape garden. For a cultural pit stop with a warm, welcoming feel, head to Lieu Unique (LU), where regular performances are held.
If you’re lucky enough to be in Nantes for longer, explore some of the city’s hidden gems during your stay. A few museums are a must: the Art Museum, Jules Verne Museum — all about the life and works of the Nantes-born novelist — or perhaps the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery. Nantes is one of the greenest cities in France, with plenty of parks and gardens that are perfect for taking a stroll and chilling out: the Parc du Procé, Parc de la Beaujoire, île de Versailles and many more. In the evenings, there’s a comfortable bed waiting for you in one of our Première Classe hotels.
A family vacation to Nantes without seeing Les Machines de l’île, the mechanical animals who have made the old shipyards their home, just wouldn’t be right. As the ultimate attraction, you can even take a ride on the elephant’s back. Climb aboard the Carousel of the Marine Worlds for a magical voyage to the depths of the ocean. Another must-see for all the family is the Planetarium, which makes learning about the night sky fun. Feel like winding down in the fresh air before heading back to your hotel? Head to one of the city’s many green spaces.