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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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Very big, 3 museums and lots to see

This fortress is enormous, with very high walls, chapel and several buildings. Accessing the castle is free, but the museums are not (i.o.w. all buildings are fee based, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Normandy, France
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Normandy, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This fortress is enormous, with very high walls, chapel and several buildings. Accessing the castle is free, but the museums are not (i.o.w. all buildings are fee based, but outside it's free). You can walk to walls and look at Caen from up high. You can feel like a Lord overlooking your people.

Thank Dutch-Mikey
Solon, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

The remains of a large fortress that now contains a museum, a theater, along with other buildings. Not a lot to see here but the view from the ramparts are nice.

Thank raymon7746
Braintree, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

The cost is not that much for a wander around this historical place, it was a showery day when we went and there are plenty of places to take cover and look around

Thank kab06
Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

There is a lot of open spaces, and gardens. Lots of History. The "Tower of London" was built using the special stone from Caen. We took a small train around the town this cost about 6 euros each . but was well worth it. There is also free parking in a lot of areas . We went with the "Northam... More 

Thank Bideford-Ruth
Roanoke, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Just to think that this was conceived and building was started in the 11th century by William the Conqueror is amazing. It is situated on a high rocky prominence looking over the river. It had to be impressive and imposing at the same time. A walk over the grounds is interesting and there is no charge for entry. We did... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Beautiful from the tower,you can see a center and nice cathedral church,a lot of place to walk, museum and parking inside. Problems with finding a toilet,

Thank Jola G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Great views from the ramparts of this old Castle built under William the Conqueror. Great spot for a day out with kids or as couples or alone.

Thank scotking
Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

If you are in Caen, I would definitely recommend a visit to the castle which is free. There are museums within the walls for which you pay - we didn't go into any due to a lack of time - but were able to get a feel for the place with the information that was provided on boards and in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Fantastic and huge castle very close to the center of Caen. Well restored and maintained example of a castle that dates back in part to 1220. The nice thing about the castle is that you don't have to pay to walk around the grounds. You only pay if you want to go into one of the museums within the walls.

Thank Ian T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

The first surprise was that the entry to the castle is actually free of charge! The site is in a beautiful elevated section of the city, and gives beautiful views of the city. All historic points have information plaques, and yet they are in French only it's easy to get the salient points from them. There's also QR code points... More 

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