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Chateau Ducal

Caen, France
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Ranked #6 of 12 attractions in Caen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Ancient Ruins
Traveler Description: Chateau Ducal (also called Caen Castle) is a large castle located in the center of Caen , France . Construction of the castle began in 1060 by... more »
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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152 reviews 152 reviews
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

A large site with lots of interesting things to visit within. No charge to enter the castle but you pay for the separate attractions. The castle is still being restored after the damage caused by WW2 and worth remembering that most of the City was rebuilt after the war and looks like it was. We liked the information on the... More

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Chateau Ducal in the centre of Caen has it own history back to William the Conqueror and before.There are archialogical exhibitions relating to the history of the chateau. It also houses the museum of Normandy Life and the fine art gallery plus a small sculpture park. There is a children's play area and a cafe but not open on... More

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43 reviews 43 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is a really nice little town/city. The central chateau/castle (home to William the conqueror) provides a very pleasant walk and the wall a great view of the city. I only had one day in Caen but would have like to explore more. I would suggest you have a couple of days here to look around and definitely don't miss... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This was the home of William the Conqueror, and he is buried in Caen Men's Abbey. The castle walls are impressive, but there is not much inside. Entrance is free and you can walk around the walls and take excellent pictures of Caen! There is a good children's play area, good bathroom facilities and a restaurant (we didn't eat there).... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I was very surprised to discover that it was free to enter and as massive as it is. You can fit a little city inside its walls, and at one time there basically was. You have free roam of most of the castle, but no dungeon access, which was a little disappointing. The outer walls are walkable, and you can... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The old home of Guillaume le Conquerant. I really enjoyed it and the route through it to the university is shorter than going around the road.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is simply impressive. I have rarely been able to walk inside a complete castle before. They also are very active at rebuilding part of it. You get great views over the city and the kids can run a play safely. It's just a quick walk from the main street "Rue Saint Pierre". There is a great art museum there... More

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Wooster, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Chateau Ducal is centrally located in Caen. The ramparts are in good condition and some of the interior buildings, such as the chapel are well preserved. There are several "newer" portions, added on in the 1400's and the contrast between the newer portions, with their openings for cannons and the older parts with only arrow slit openings, is informative. Not... More

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Sydney, Australia
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Had a wondeful couple of hours wandering around the Chateau and the surrounding relics. You get a great view of Caen and surrounds from atop the hill and remains. I found the information boards scattered around the area to be quite good , still being able to visualise what was here in the past. It was a good place for... More

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Newport, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Chateau Ducal is worth a visit while in Caen. As echoed by many of the reviews it could have more signage and literature available in English but the information site in St. George's church there are some interactive displays that offer a lot of information. Plus you can't best the price (FREE). The Normandy museum and Beaux Arts Museum are... More

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