We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All photos (404)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good51%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
14000, Caen, France
+33 2 31 27 14 14
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Caen
from $22.32
More Info
from $111.60
More Info
from $7.33
More Info
from $8.45
More Info
Reviews (593)
Filter reviews
167 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Traveler rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews within the walls medieval castle hours walking century building beaux arts ticket office worth a visit nice visit lots of history huge site great castle ramparts ruins ducale conqueror exchequer palace
Selected filters
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 167 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous view from the castle. Free to walk and roam around the walls and church . Great exhibition currently on re how the Germans tried to take all the statues for melting to make weapons etc. Really informative. Free to walk round but s separate...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Sue77777
Reviewed August 5, 2019

This is the largest fortified Castle in France and is certainly impressive. You could easliy spend 3 to 4 hours walking around the castle and the different ramparts. It is free to enter the castle and a charge to enter the museums. The George Church...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Gary S
Reviewed August 2, 2019

This was already a defended area before William the conqueror decided to build his palace here and make it a castle. The palace of William no longer exists, but there is one building, used for justice and treasury that still stands from that time. It...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank KatrienS955
Reviewed July 30, 2019

We were staying nearby and toured the area after supper. Easy area to access, free access to castle and viewpoints to see city and get some real nice photos of adjacent churcha nd vistas. Lots of history associated with this site, built by William the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank RamboNWAlberta
Reviewed July 17, 2019 via mobile

Large inner area and lots of steps to negotiate to get to the higher levels for the views, but worth it to see Caen from this perspective.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank hippo63
Reviewed June 16, 2019

The castle was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century and extended over the centuries. The original parish church within its walls houses an excellent information centre that includes a model of the castle and a multimedia presentation showing its development. Renovation are...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank PeachP633
Reviewed April 28, 2019

We were in Caen to visit the English cemetery at Cambes En Plaine.we then took in a lot of the sites,you should not miss the Chateau Ducal a large imposing castle in the centre of Caen,the views from the ramparts is fantastic and the many...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Albert W
Reviewed October 25, 2018

Well I love a good castle, and this has such historic resonance for an Englishman so when in the area I could not resist a visit. The castle is not fully intact but there is still enough standing to see how impressive and imposing this...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank seattaxi
Reviewed October 20, 2018

it is must place to visit if you are in Caen althought there isn't many left to see, few buildings remain undamaged. it is free to walk around the grounds and on the remparts where the view of the city center is amazing!!

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank arissl
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

This is a huge site. Admission is free to the grounds, including the ramparts. There are two museums within the walls; admission is charged for those. The ruins of the ducal palace are visible but not accessible by the public (although they are accessible by...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank MN_Walkers
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 40 nearby hotels
Hotel Francois d'O
104 reviews
.12 miles away
Central Hotel
23 reviews
.14 miles away
Hotel Restaurant Le Dauphin & Le Spa Du Prieure
401 reviews
.14 miles away
Hotel des Quatrans
242 reviews
.16 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 554 nearby restaurants
A Contre Sens
707 reviews
.16 miles away
Ju'ste Chez Moi
246 reviews
.07 miles away
Les 4 rangs
148 reviews
.16 miles away
Le Mancel restaurant du Chateau
240 reviews
.15 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 99 nearby attractions
Office de Tourisme de Caen
173 reviews
.23 miles away
Quartier du Vaugueux
141 reviews
.26 miles away
Musee de Normandie
307 reviews
.09 miles away
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Caen
219 reviews
.09 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
October 8, 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Catherine V | Reviewed this property |
All totally free and not connected to museum opening hours
May 18, 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from David S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, 5-10 minutes walk (slightly uphill some of the way). Plenty of restaurants/bars/brasseries within the same distance.