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Chateau Ducal

Address: 14000, Caen, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)2 31 27 14 14
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Ranked #6 of 12 Attractions in Caen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Castles, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Castles, Sights & Landmarks
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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240 reviews 240 reviews
175 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
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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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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
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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
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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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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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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Colchester, United Kingdom
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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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