Things to do in Nantes

Our most recommended things to do in Nantes

Nantes City Card Pass: 24/48/72 Hours/7 Days Full Access

1. Nantes City Card Pass: 24/48/72 Hours/7 Days Full Access

Nestled neatly on the banks of the Loire River, Nantes is a city with a lot to offer. From a weekend to 7 days, you will have full access to its greatest sites. With the convenient and flexible Nantes Pass, you'll have a chance to experience the best of the city in a fun and easy way. Nantes is a hub for culture and exploration, and with the Nantes Pass, you will have full access to over 40 attractions, museums, monuments, and public transport. Also receive discounts on shopping, entertainment, and leisure. For a taste of what awaits you, perhaps you're interested in seeing the incredible museums. Check out the Galery of the Machines de l'Ile or the Carrousel des Mondes Marins; discover some amazing sculptures based on the imaginary worlds of Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci. Perhaps you'd like to visit the Nantes History Museum in the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany; everything is possible with the Nantes City Pass. If you'd like, you can also enjoy deep discount offers on leisure activities and gift shops around town. You will also have access to guided tours, river cruises, and more. There is so much that awaits you – time will simply fly by! Come and spend some time exploring this beautiful part of the Loire River valley. From the grand castles and chateaux to the splendid food and culture, Nantes can be enjoyed by everyone. Enjoy access to 50 attractions and experiences:Musée d’arts de NantesChâteau des ducs de Bretagne - Musée d’histoire de NantesLe Carrousel des Mondes MarinsLa Galerie des Machines de l’îleJules Verne MuseumMuséum d’Histoire NaturelleMusée-atelier de l’imprimerie de NantesPlanétariumLe ChronographeMusée Naval Maillé BrézéErdre River CruiseLa Toue de Nantes (boat trip and tasting)Bateau Ouch CruiseLoire Cruise: Ile de NantesCruise Estuaire Nantes Saint-Nazaire (From May to October)Tourist Train tourCity Tour BusDétours de Loire bike rentalLa Cantine du VoyagePetits voyages extraordinaires Mini-golfFloating - nautical activities (boat rentals)Ruban vert - nautical activities (March to November)Mauves Balnéaire (May to September)La SablièrePaper mill LiveauChâteau de GoulaineChâteau de La FrémoireMusée du Vignoble NantaisLa Garenne Lemot EstateCafé de la BrancheLittle Atlantique BreweryLa Fraiseraie RestaurantLa Cigale Brasserie La Guinguette Restaurant and BarChâteau de ClissonClisson tourChâteau du CoingSubmarine Espadon and Saint-Nazaire Heritage MuseumStation Nuage / Cloud Station (May to September)Le Caveau du Porte-VueTerre d’EstuaireEscal’ AtlanticEOL Centre éolien Saint-NazaireChâteau de ChâteaubriantLe Voyage à Nantes reception officeAudio-guided routes in Nantes (available in English, French, and Spanish)

Nantes: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio Tour

2. Nantes: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio Tour

Explore Nantes on an interactive scavenger hunt. Use your phone and the World City Trail app to decipher riddles and unlock facts. Visit 10 of the most important attractions in the city. Apply logic, observation, and teamwork to solve a location-based riddle and advance to the next destination. Begin the activity whenever you want. Take a break for lunch or to visit a museum any time you wish. Save your progress and complete the tour another day. Start at the Musée d'Arts de Nantes and admire this historical monument. Continue to the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of Nantes. Admire the Gothic architecture. Head to the medieval quarter and see the beautiful Château des ducs de Bretagne, which dates back to the 15th century. Follow the route to the Église Sainte-Croix and see the stained glass windows. Arrive at your 5th stop to see the Basilique Saint-Nicolas de Nantes. Marvel at this towering basilica. Walk around Place Royale and admire the fountain in this pedestrianized square. Discover the Passage Pommeraye, a quaint shopping arcade built in the 1840s. Go to the Cr. Cambronne, the Natural History Museum, and the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery.

Nantes: Machines of the Isle of Nantes Guided Segway Tour

3. Nantes: Machines of the Isle of Nantes Guided Segway Tour

Discover the Machines of the Isle of Nantes by Segway, with a guided tour of the island's main attractions. Zoom around and find the courthouse, the mythical elephant, the carousel of the marine worlds, the Maille Breze, the cranes of the Titans, and the project of the Heron Tree. Meet your guide and get acquainted with your self-stabilized, Segway. Perfect for all levels of experience, spend a few minutes to feel confident, then venture into the unforgettable exhibition. Enjoy yourself, as you explore the large space, that offers plenty of fun. Learn about the artists who reclaimed this area for their art exhibition and look way up at the massive installations. Marvel at the machines and ponder their size. Admire the unique setting along La Loire and have a unique experience.

Château du Bois-Huaut: Cellar Tour and Wine Tasting Class

4. Château du Bois-Huaut: Cellar Tour and Wine Tasting Class

Visit the wine estate Château du Bois-Huaut and take a leisurely stroll in the vineyard, tour the cellars with a guide, and participate in a professionally guided wine tasting masterclass with tastings of 8 different wines. Then take home 2 bottles of wine. Located just outside Nantes, in Gorges, Château du Bois-Huaut is an estate hand-picking its 14 different grape varieties (Muscadet, Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet, Sparkling and sweet) since 1897, having been in the family for more than 4 generations. Enjoy a guided tour of the wine cellars and learn more about the historic winery and wine-making.  Join a relaxed wine tasting workshop lead by an expert sommelier and awaken your tastebuds as your tasting session includes dry, semi-dry, sweet, sweet wines, vintage wines, and barrel-aged wine. Learn more about wine, how to make the most of the aromas, and how to taste the wine. Taste 8 of the wine maker's favorite wines and at the end you will be offered two bottles per person to take home Feel free to wander around the stunning vineyard at your own pace.

Welcome to Nantes: Private Tour with a Local

5. Welcome to Nantes: Private Tour with a Local

Make travel as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Nantes from a local eager to share all the tips to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood and learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and get around. Alternatively, meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do in the city, customized to your interests. Feel more comfortable navigating the city on your own, confident that you have all the information you need.

Between the Walls: 1-Hour Segway Tour

6. Between the Walls: 1-Hour Segway Tour

Start your Segway tour of Nantes on Place Royale, where the statues of the large fountain tell the story of the city and Loire River and its tributaries. Benefit from a short training session before you glide off through the city center and along the banks of the Erdre River. See landmarks from the history of the city, such as the 15th-century cathedral and the former residence of the dukes of Brittany.  Get lots of information about what you will see, and time to take souvenir photos of you and your friends or family whenever you want. 

Highlights of Nantes Segway City Tour

7. Highlights of Nantes Segway City Tour

After meeting your guide right behind the royal square, hop on a Segway and explore the city. With your expert guide at the helm, you’ll pick up priceless local insight as you traipse through beautiful Nantes. You’ll start off at the Château des ducs de Bretagne, a stunning castle constructed in the 13th century. Then you’re off to the LU Tower, where you’ll learn about the history of Nantes factory workers.  Pop over to the Isle of Nantes to discover the Machines of the Isle of Nantes, the massive steampunk creations that wander the island. Marvel at a 40-foot-tall elephant, weighing over 45 tons. You’ll end your tour at the Graslin Square to learn about the posh, wealthy portion of the city.

Nantes: 2-Hour Segway Tour

8. Nantes: 2-Hour Segway Tour

Start your Segway tour of Nantes on Place Royale, where the statues of the large fountain tell the story of the city and Loire River and its tributaries. Enjoy a short training session on your Segway before you glide off through the city center and along the banks of the Erdre River. See landmarks from the history of the city, such as the 15th-century cathedral and the former residence of the dukes of Brittany. On this tour you will be able to see all of the city's most important places. Receive lots of information about what you will see, and enjoy ample time to take souvenir photos of you and your friends or family whenever you want! Enjoy this amazing tour!

Nantes: Christmas Walking Tour

9. Nantes: Christmas Walking Tour

Enjoy a special walking tour Nantes during Christmas time with a professional local guide. Visit the most beautifully decorated places in the city as you become spellbound with the charming atmosphere. Learn more about the Christmas traditions of Nantes. Hear the story of the city's Christmas tree and who was the first person to decorate it, as well as other local legends. Explore the bustling Christmas market and see what local products are popular during the festive period, with expert knowledge from your guide.

Nantes: City Highlights Walking Tour

10. Nantes: City Highlights Walking Tour

Explore the best of Nantes on this walking tour alongside a professional local guide. Learn fascinating facts and legends about the city as you see iconic sights and visit charming spots. Follow your guide to explore the streets, buildings, and corners of the city and discover the stories hidden within them. Learn about the local botanical garden with more than 10,000 species and 5000 flowers that are planted each season, hear about the Château des ducs de Bretagne castle that opened in 1207, and more. This tour is perfect for those who are visiting the city for the first time and want to get the most out of their time here.

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What people are saying about Nantes

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 303 reviews

It was wonderful to be able to do so many fun things and to be able to come and go with public transport. We enjoyed this very much. The information center was also very friendly and helpful and arranged 2 more city tours for us for the day after. One by tour bus and one by water. Super.

Excellent activity in a superb setting. The explanations are clear and complete. The oenology course with tasting is simply brilliant. We recommend this activity without hesitation, because we had a great time.

Emilie was the best! She knew the history of Nantes and even obscure facts. Her recommendations of shops and places to eat were great! I spent lots of money at one shop! I highly recommend her.

Nice visit to Nantes despite the speed of our stay Very practical the pass set up Super top tourist office and pleasant staff

Very well, on a privatized visit because I was alone. Thanks to the guide for her kindness