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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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Caen Castle Normandy

The home of William, Duke of Normandy, who is better known in England as William the Conqueror after his successful invasion of England in 1066. Mush of the castle is a ruin but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
John H
Northampton, United Kingdom
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Kudelstaart, Nederland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

Its old and its free to visit. Worth one time visit if you are visiting Caen. Their are a couple of museums that are paid. We chose not to visit any of them.

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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The castle is fascinating. It's not what Americans think of as a "castle" but is instead a walled fortress with various buildings inside, with modern buildings as well as ruins from many different eras. It's fascinating to see how the site was repurposed again and again through its history, but there's enough really old structures still present for those who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

William the Conquerer was serious about his real estate. This is no exception! Here you can walk the ground of the ruins of his castle and it takes little to imagine the grandeur and effectiveness of his estate. You can walk the ramparts and see the city, or look down the walls to the grounds below. Stunning to think this... More 

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Beaumont, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This castle was built by William the Conquerer before he conquered England. It was built high to overlook the area. Little remains, but it was still very interesting.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

The home of William, Duke of Normandy, who is better known in England as William the Conqueror after his successful invasion of England in 1066. Mush of the castle is a ruin but some major parts are still in excellent condition. It is in a fantastic location on a high bluff above the city and from the castle itself there... More 

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Derby, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Chateau stands in the centre of the town and houses various museums and you can walk the ramparts. Great views of the city

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Millis, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Chateau Ducal is also known as the Chateau of William the Conqueror. It is centrally located in the historic city of Caen. My wife and I stayed in Caen for a few days while on a tour of northern France. We walked from our hotel a short distance to the chateau. Because of the time we went, most of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Delighted that the visit to the castle as well as the museums on site are free for Sunday, otherwise we would have been disappointed. The site itself is reasonbly big, but only the walls & the hall remains. The keep, etc. are all in ruins. All the displays are in French, which doesn't help our visit to the museum at... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Houses the musee des beaux arts. Everything else is free. Good animations and graphics showing other Norman castles including that of my home town of Colchester. You can walk the battlements which gives good views over the city. Inside there is also the museum of Normandy.

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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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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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