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Chateau Ducal

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Address: 14000, Caen, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)2 31 27 14 14
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The best view in Caen

This is a must see (well it's not like you'll miss it!) wonder of Caen. The Castle is open all day and many use it as a pass-through from the University to the center of the city... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Calvados, France
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Calvados, France
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

This is a must see (well it's not like you'll miss it!) wonder of Caen. The Castle is open all day and many use it as a pass-through from the University to the center of the city. Climb the steps all the way to the top for the best view of Eglise St Pierre and the city! On a clear day,... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is an old castle built by William the Conqueror. It was free to enter, so take advantage of that price. There are a few buildings on site, an art museum and a Normandy museum. I did not enter either of those buildings. There was a chapel on site that you can enter, but in all honesty, there really is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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51 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

After lunch we fancied a walk so we made for the castle. Very impressive as it stands in the centre of the city and one can imagine what a symbol of power it must have been. We had a pleasant walk round the ramparts. A must do on a visit to Caen. Our group was family, but not young children... More 

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San Francisco, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Just walking along the ramparts built by William the Conqueror is unbelievable. Here is it, an immense château, enclosing an immense space, built by William the Conqueror in 1060. Much has been restored because of the devastation wrought by both Germans and English in 1944, but the French are so respectful of their history that, like everything else they do,... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Very interesting historical site. William The Conqueror original castle, with two museuns inside, one of them tell us some aspects of the Normandy history, while the other is about modern art.

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

although repairs are ongoing it did not detract from the sheer joy of this enormous building , the scale is immense ,information readily available ,and the art museum is within the walls ,a must visit.

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UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

Overlooking the city and harbour, this is a well maintained chateau, although mainly only city walls with a few buildings inside. Fantastic views across the city and beyond. To benefit most you need to go to the highest point, which has some steep steps, but worth it.

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Tortona, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Located in the heart of the historic center of Caen, no doubt it is the top attraction of the city, built on top of a small hill it dominates the whole city. A striking image but to make the most of this architectural splendor highly recommend to see it at sunset, the colors are fantastic, you will take beautiful photos... More 

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East Sussex
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25 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Not much of interest is left within the walls of this massive castle, and unfortunately we weren't allowed into the most interesting building (the Exchequer) because it was closed. We were shocked to find a large car park inside the walls and several very modern buildings used as museums.

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Holywell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

as part of our holiday to normandy we spent the day in caen.while there we visited the castle home to william the conquerer.unlike many english castles there is no entry charge.ok you pay for entry to the museums but there is still plenty to do without paying,the walls and grounds and the view across the city.there is a great playarea... More 

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