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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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Get the castle guide (1.50 euro) to make it more fun

We visited on a sunny morning in April. It wasn't too full and we were able to go through the ramparts and walls and gates. Before we visited the castle, we went to the nearby... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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Meerbusch, Germany
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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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81 reviews 81 reviews
20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

They say locals like to view the city from the walls. well most of the walls are closed. And viewing post WWII construction is not my cup of tea.

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Meerbusch, Germany
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We visited on a sunny morning in April. It wasn't too full and we were able to go through the ramparts and walls and gates. Before we visited the castle, we went to the nearby TI and bought the guide to the castle for kids (it's 1.50 euro and for kids aged 7-13). It made a big difference, especially for... More 

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Trondheim, Norway
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The chateau is something everybody who visits Caen should take their time to walk through and see. Most of it was destroyed in WW2, but the ruins are beautifully preserved. You can walk around the area for free. The big grass areas surrounding the chateau are great for a relaxing picinic.

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Calvados, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

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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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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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
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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