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Chateau Ducal

14000, Caen, France
+33 (0)2 31 27 14 14
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Bayeux Sightseeing and Caen Day Trip from Bayeux
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Ranked #6 of 11 Attractions in Caen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Castles, Cultural
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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

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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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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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Chateau Ducal in the centre of Caen has it own history back to William the Conqueror and before.There are archialogical exhibitions relating to the history of the chateau. It also houses the museum of Normandy Life and the fine art gallery plus a small sculpture park. There is a children's play area and a cafe but not open on... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is a really nice little town/city. The central chateau/castle (home to William the conqueror) provides a very pleasant walk and the wall a great view of the city. I only had one day in Caen but would have like to explore more. I would suggest you have a couple of days here to look around and definitely don't miss... More

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Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This was the home of William the Conqueror, and he is buried in Caen Men's Abbey. The castle walls are impressive, but there is not much inside. Entrance is free and you can walk around the walls and take excellent pictures of Caen! There is a good children's play area, good bathroom facilities and a restaurant (we didn't eat there).... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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