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Jardin des Plantes

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Address: 1 Place Charles Leroux, 44000, Nantes, France
Phone Number:
+33 2 40 41 65 09
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08:30 - 19:45
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 19:45
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The Botanical Garden:

at the heart of plants

The Botanical Gardens of Nantes,...

The Botanical Garden:

at the heart of plants

The Botanical Gardens of Nantes, with

7 hectares of green spaces in the centre

of town, more than 10,000 living species,

800 square metres of greenhouses and more

than 50,00 flowers planted each season,

holder of the Remarkable Garden label,

is among the four leading botanical gardens

in France.

The collections have developed and

specialised over 150 years. The Botanical

Garden, which is both a scientific and a

pleasure garden, has become a world

reference, especially for its camellia

collection which is unique in France, for the

culture of epiphytic* plants in a semi-natural

setting and for its permanent concern for

the re-introduction of rare species. As an

example we will cite the wild tulip, which

disappeared in the 1970s and was

reintroduced in 2010 in the vineyards

of the region.

Its great beauty in all seasons and its

remarkable specimens (Hectot's Magnolia,

American tulip tree and more recently a

Wollemi pine, etc.) make the Botanical

Garden a major tourist attraction in Nantes,

visited every year by more than 1.2 million

visitors.

* Plants that grow on other plants without being parasites.

The Botanical Garden

Rue Stanislas-Baudry - Nantes

Summer: 8:30 am - 8 pm

Spring, autumn: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

Winter: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Tram line 1, SNCF train station stop

Bus 12, SNCF train station stop

Greenhouse visit

(by reservation)

Wednesday: 3:15 pm

Thursday: 12:30 pm

Friday: 3 pm

Saturday: 3 pm and 4 pm (all year

round); 5 pm (from 15 January to 17

November).

Sunday: 10 am, 11 am, 3 pm and 4 pm

(all year round); 5 pm (from 15 January

to 17 November).

Additional services

Orangery cafe

Restaurant - Tearoom

Merry-go-round

All year round

from 10 am to 6 pm

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Peaceful and pretty

Much smaller than we expected from viewing the map of Nantes, but a lovely quiet space with a very wide variety of trees, shrubs and plants.

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London, United Kingdom
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Much smaller than we expected from viewing the map of Nantes, but a lovely quiet space with a very wide variety of trees, shrubs and plants.

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Bergen, Norway
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The garden was really beautiful, and we enjoyed our visit. I recommend visiting the garden, especially in the spring/summer.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Beautiful gardens with lots of fun displays. The flowers were just amazing and the whole place was so well maintained

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Ile-de-France, France
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most beautiful parks I've seen in France. There are lots of flower types and decorations, there are several little ponds with different birds, the trees had lots of flowers (rhododendron, camelia, cherry, etc) in early April. There are also lots of funny sculptures that serve of benches or decorations. There were also lots of ducklings. Cute!

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really lovely place. Great botanics and kitchen garden. Very peaceful. We visited in spring which was a great time for the flowering shrubs and bedding.

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East Dereham, Norfolk.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Within the environs of the city, Nantes boasts several parks and gardens, but the most written about is the Jardin des Plantes situated in the Bouffay Quarter. There are three main entrances, Bvd de Stalingrad near the SNCF station, the top of rue Stanislas Baudry and rue Frédéric Cailliaud opposite to the Sozo Hotel. It is open daily, free of... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a pleasant stroll around the park on a hot Sunday afternoon. It was very busy, children playing in the play areas and paddling pools, people sitting enjoying picnics etc, but it was still surprisingly peaceful.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were sad to miss the Camelia displays which must be magnificent in early spring with a whole avenue of these showy flowers. Overall the garden was a lovely place to spend a few hours - easy walking with a easy to navigate layout. Lots of interesting plants and trees.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice walking around the many routes through the park. Water features, ducks, loads of plants from around the world, many different things to see. Lake and fountain, water falls and fun things. And it's free! Oh yeah and they had a little cafe.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stunning figures and sometime to start the morning with a great walk. Next to our Hotel Sozo by the way excellent(a Chapel turnedhotel). Nantes a town not advertized with a lot to enjoy with the family. This park among the best I ve been to.

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