Discover the main tourist attractions in Nantes and explore the historical centre with an expert, English speaking guide. Plus, it's free!
Free Walking Tour of Nantes
We'll meet at Rue des Etats at 3 pm, and from there we'll start our wonderful walking tour around this beautiful French city.
First, we'll see outside the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, or Château des Ducs de Bretagne as it is in French. Located on the banks of the river, this impressive building today houses the Nantes History Museum.
After admiring this 13th-century fortress, we'll make our way to Tour Lu, an old biscuit factory which is now a cultural centre. Next, we'll take a stop outside the Cathedral, with its evident similarities to the Notre Dame in Paris. You'll also see the Maréchal Foch square, with its huge column, dedicated to Louis XVI, also known as the Column of Freedom.
We'll then walk along the city's most famous street, Cours des 50 Otages, which will lead us to the Tour de Bretagne skyscraper. Close by, you'll also have the chance to see the St Nicholas Basilica and the Place Royale, with the statue of Anne of Brittany in the centre.
Next, we'll walk through the Passage Pommeraye, a small shopping centre with a unique decoration that will make you feel like you've stepped back in time. Then, we'll continue admiring the beauty of Nantes as we see the Place Graslin and the Cours Cambronne; these two places are sure to make you fall in love with the city.
Finally, you'll see the mark that slavery made on Nantes, as we look at the memorial to the abolition of slavery. Did you know that Nantes was one of the main ports and played a major role in the slave trade?
Our free tour will come to an end at around 5:15 pm at the famous Machines de l'Ile. These huge metal structures are sure to take your breath away!
Our free tour is not available for groups of over 6 people.
We will not enter any of the monuments, rather our expert guide will explain facts and anecdotes for the outside.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:
- Tours or activities will not consist of more than 10 people per group.
- A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
- Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
- Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.
2 hours 15 minutes.
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking guide.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up until the previous day (10:30 AM local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?
A - This activity requires a minimum of 4 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).
Rue des États
If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation in the control panel, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.