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Chateau Ducal

Caen, France
+33 (0)2 31 27 14 14
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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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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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406 reviews 406 reviews
128 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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98 reviews 98 reviews
69 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Brisbane, Australia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

William the Conqueror's Castle in Caen literally reeks of history that is significant to those with a British heritage, significant not only as the major power base for the Norman King who conquered and transformed England, but also for the hard fought battle to take Caen itself in WWII. This battle held up the British and Canadian forces for longer... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

You can just stroll around the grounds or go into the two museums on the grounds plus you have a great view of the city and countryside

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MARKHAM
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215 reviews 215 reviews
31 attraction reviews
276 helpful votes 276 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This was home for William the Conqueror, the shaper of medieval England. The castle walls are impressive, but there is not much inside. An overpriced museum presents a very Gallic slant of history. Skip the Museum and walk (free) the ramparts to feel the past glory.

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London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
12 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Check out the Musee Beaux Art and the Musee du Normandie. nice views from the top. Parking a bit tough to find though.

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