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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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A historical site to understand how the ancient emperors maintain protection against potential invaders. The view of Caen from the castle is very nice as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
D_and_G_2008
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Hong Kong, China
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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have a great interest in Norman history and was very excited to visit the Norman chateau in Caen. I was very disappointed to discover that there is no castle interior / keep to visit as such, so you are just walking in the grounds / walking on the ramparts to get a view of the city, and viewing two... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A historical site to understand how the ancient emperors maintain protection against potential invaders. The view of Caen from the castle is very nice as well.

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Thank D_and_G_2008
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Castle grounds are free to the public. It's open at 9. Parking is ok and close. There is a small walk through informational in the back in what used to be a church or hall of some sort that's open to the public. We left before the museums were really open but there's a local museum of culture there and... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right in the center of Caen, well signed in English and French. Several museums inside, extensive grounds, good for walking. Ramparts, walls, towers, more of a castle.

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Brisbane, Queensland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Chateau is very imposing, sitting on a hilltop right in the middle of Caen. Walking along the ramparts provides lovely views towards the town with its many church steeples. There are also the ruins of William the Conqueror's original castle to be seen - the base of the keep are the most impressive. There are nice spots inside the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Chateau Ducal houses the Musée de Normandie and the Musée des Beaux Arts but we didn't visit either of these, we only walked the ramparts of the castle, which offered good views of Caen. The walls of the castle go on and on, we know because we walked all around trying to find the entrance, it didn't seem well signed,... More 

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Oxnard, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

We went on a Sunday so museums were not open. Fun walking around the ramparts and reading historical signs.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Wander round the ramparts for superb views of Caen. Very quiet when no coach parties around. Art gallery and Museum of Normandy are both on the same site.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

This castle can dated back to the 11 and 12 centuries, it involved with several engagements during the Hundred Years' War and the keep was destroyed during the French Revolution also it was heavily damaged during World War II. City of Caen in 1946 decided to start the restoration of the castle area to bring back the medieval traces. Local... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

My main reason for visiting the Chateau in Caen was because of it's connection to William the Conqueror. The approach to the Chateau offers an impressive view, before you walk uphill to the barbican and then through the main gate. First, we walked the ramparts, which provide an amazing view of Caen itself. We then walked amongst the ruins of... More 

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