Chateau d'Harcourt
Chateau d'Harcourt
4.5
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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A two faces castle Historical monument, Harcourt is a fortress in a bower of verdure : of the mighty castle founded in the twelth century by the Harcourts and strenghtened over the following centuries. Only the western facade of the chateau still has its medieval aspect. The eastern facade of the chateau was rebuilt around 1700 by Francoise de Brancas,countess of Harcourt. The arboretum, two centuries old The arboretum is exceptional for its history ;it is a real botanical collection of more than two hundred species, of which the oldest aure two hundred years old. Its existence is associated with some of the most memorable names in the field of horticulture, such as Delamare, Michaux,Pepin, Vilmorin... who have intervened in its development at various points since its foundation in 1810. The arboretum was classified as a > in 2004. [COVID-19] Until may 31, only the garden is visitable. The castle and the toilets are closed. Exceptional free admission (usual price 5€).
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  • BobxxxxCindy
    North Palm Beach, Florida1,407 contributions
    Beautiful trees
    The arboretum is the most impressive part of your. I never could figure out how they had centuries old US redwoods on the grounds. Giant examples of many species throughout . The Chateau was not huge but included the defensive fort structures.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2021
  • LN14EV
    121 contributions
    erreur de localisation !!!!!
    Ce château n'est pas celui de Thury-Harcourt (Calavados) en Basse-Normandie, mais celui d'Harcourt (Eure) en Haute Normandie. Cela reste un beau château mais mauvaise adresse. Thury-Harcourt possède aussi son château mais pas celui décrit ici.
    Traveled solo
    Written August 30, 2013
  • J R
    Mougins, France5,428 contributions
    Plus pour les amateurs de nature que de vieilles pierres
    Le titre de mon avis s'explique par le fait que si vous vous rendez au domaine d'Harcourt pour visiter le château, vous risquez d'être déçu. En effet, si l'extérieur présente de belles façades, témoins de leur époque, l'intérieur est assez dénué d'intérêt. Les pièces sont vides, mis à part quelques objets (céramique quasi exclusivement). Il y a des explications dans les salles à la fois sur le domaine et sur l'histoire de la Normandie. L'intérêt pour les vieilles pierres et monuments médiévaux s'arrête là. Toutefois, ce château s'inscrit dans un site magnifique, composé d'arbres gigantesques, d'une forêt qui l'est tout autant, de coins ombragés, en somme un lieu pittoresque et apaisant où il fait bon se promener. Où il fait bon se promener et surtout pique-niquer. Le domaine d'Harcourt est enchanteur pour les déjeuners sur l'herbe et autres parties de campagne. A priori, vous pouvez même y louer un barnum pour vous mettre à l'abri du soleil. Cela semble être particulièrement prisé, ce que je comprends aisément. Je ne sais pas si pour y pique-niquez, il faut s'acquitter d'une somme en sus du ticket d'entrée (4 €, prix plus que raisonnable). Mais n'hésitez pas à y aller, le lieu est idéal pour les petits comme pour les grands. De plus, cela est l'occasion d'apprendre beaucoup de choses sur les arbres et d'observer, pourquoi pas, des écureuils. Un conseil : vérifiez bien les horaires d'ouverture. Hors-saison, le site n'ouvre qu'à partir de 14h00.
    Bonjour, Merci pour votre commentaire, nous sommes heureux que vous ayez passé un agréable moment. Je tiens à signaler qu'il est possible de pique-niquer sur le site du Domaine d'Harcourt sans aucun supplément tarifaire. Ce sera un plaisir de vous accueillir de nouveau. Bien cordialement, Aurélie, Accueil,
    Written June 20, 2015
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    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2015
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Alan H
Newton Aycliffe, UK17 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Visited the chateau and gardens. Very relaxing and quiet. Walking through the trees very pleasant and the description in the tour guide helpful.No cafe on site, soft drinks available, perfect location for a picnic, plenty of room for kids to explore and to run some energy off
Written August 8, 2019
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Ann H
York, UK2,158 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We spent a great 2-3 hours wandering around this historic site, discovering the species of tree in the arboretum and the history behind the castle itself. The guide we were given was in English and was very explanatory and gave us lots of information about the place. If there could be an improvement, maybe a place to buy drinks would be good but we really enjoyed ourselves anyway.
Written August 1, 2018
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Bo T
Copenhagen, Denmark14 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
An impressive collection of huge old conifers, especially ceders and douglas firs, but also spruces (Picea), true firs (Abies) and pines. They even have a few white pines (Pinus strobus) which seem to have escaped the blister rust (Cronartium ribicola). Plenty of great broadleaves too, including a massive plane tree next to the remains of the castle, and a walk lined with large beech trees.

It was also nice to see how they let the grass grow long in parts of the park, including the youngest part of the arboretum. Here the forestry origin was clearly visible as even-aged trees stood in neat rows. The older sections of the Arboretum also blend into the surrounding forest at the edges, which to me was part of the charm. In the central parts of the Arboretum all the trees have signs with names in French and Latin, just the way it should be.

The arboretum is located next to Bernhard's old house :-)

The near-by village is charming and we had a nice meal of ’charcuteri et fromage’ at Salon du The.
Written July 16, 2018
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Stéphane L
Paris, France515 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
The medieval castle itself is already worth a trip as it roots back to the medieval times and offers a glimpse at how people lived in those times. The outside both XVth & XVIIth is quite interesting as is the castle moat and what remains of the former defensive walls.
But the park is, to my opinion even more interesting as it allows one to see a wide variety of mainly conifers from all types and often magnificent.
A great place for anybody fond of history and trees as well as scenic parks.
Written August 30, 2017
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Good morning Famille_Lenique ! Thank you for taking the time to give us your opinion on our page ! We found that you had a pleasant time in the Domaine d'Harcourt. If you are not very far away, don't hesitate to come and see us during our events (guided tour, exhibition ...). We hope to see you again soon.. Cordially
Written August 31, 2017
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CharlcombeLady
Bath, UK117 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
The castle though small has lots of interesting historical information. The grounds are lovely to walk around with the added interest of many different trees. It is a great place to walk the dog and let kids have a run around.
Written May 18, 2017
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Hi, Thank you for having taken time to express your opinion on our tripadivsor account. We are delighted to notice your enthusiasm as for your visit. We hope to see again you soon! Welcome service.
Written May 20, 2017
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Paul M
Germany332 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
If you are staying in Normandy or just passing through, and you are interested in medieval history or just want to spend a peaceful few hours in a lovely place, you should head for the village of Harcourt. The Château is located a short drive (or walk) from the village centre and was built in the second half of the 12th century. It's a masterpiece of medieval architecture and is one of the best preserved castles in France. It also contains the oldest arboretum in the country.
Written October 31, 2015
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Walter_Hilde
destelbergen Belgium43 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
The place has two hghlights : first there is the setup of the old castle, that reflects the medieval Norman structure with deep defensive ditches and a pre-castle.
Next is the botanical park around the castle with a collection dating as of 18..+
Written October 8, 2015
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Clive R
Bilborough, UK74 contributions
Apr 2014 • Family
A quiet and lovely chateau set in woodland. If out of season (season is June-Sept) d'Harcourt only opens from 2-6, otherwise it opens at 10.30. Good value (4 Euro adults, 1.50 for kids). The house and surrounding fortifications are picture perfect and you can easily spend an hour or more in the gardens. There is a small shop with gifts and drinks. All the displays in the Chateau are in French only but good leaflets with lots of info are available in other languages.
Written April 19, 2014
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jill H
Stretton on Fosse, UK80 contributions
Aug 2019
Nice place to call for a stroll and dog walk. There is an arboretum and the castle is pretty. Its quite unspoilt as it isn't really commercialised
Written August 28, 2019
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JohnCracknell
Hayling Island, UK1,131 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Domaine D'Harcourt is a beautiful Chateau and Arboretum. It is well worth a visit, or just to walk through the grounds or bring your family and have a picnic.
Written August 16, 2018
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