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“Stunning”
Review of Chateau Gaillard

Chateau Gaillard
Ranked #150 of 1,171 things to do in Normandy
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

I went early on a Tuesday and it was beautiful, absolutely breathtaking! The mist was over the lowland and river at first and the sun behind the castle as I drove up. The inside area is closed on a Tuesday but I had enough of a good time walking around and experiencing the atmosphere alone that I wasn't bothered about going inside.

1  Thank Alice R
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

The lionheart king had a pretty spectacular Chateau and view of the Seine. It really takes you back in time with the beauty of the surrounding area. It was so quite and tranquil. You could spend a good half a day just strolling along the grounds. It is a great place to have a picnic with such a beautiful view.

1  Thank Iluv2travel59
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Amazing Chateau, with fantastic views over the Seine. Kids enjoyed exploring the site. Lots of info in French and English, and some old fashioned games which kept the kids amused.

The Chateau is undergoing some restoration, but the workmen were not intrusive and didn't detract from our visit.

Toilets some distance away from the attraction, down the hill. Takes about 10 mins to get to with the little ones which isn't ideal.

Not well signposted for vehicular access, and it would be tricky with a buggy or some-one with mobility problems.

3  Thank FamilyOf5youngkids
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

We spent some time meandering around the outside of Chateau Gaillard. It was closed in March to visitors. The views are brilliant, even on a not so sunny day. It was chilly and there were very few people out and about, but I was glad we had found it.

1  Thank hann9
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

This is an awe-inspiring castle/fortress built in 1197-98 by Richard the Lionhearted. It was a truly remarkable feat of engineering and building, especially for its time. It was constructed in just over a year's time - amazing - in today's world it would never happen that fast. Even more remarkable...it is on a cliff overlooking a strategic bend in the Seine River in the quaint little village of Les Andelys, France.

The fortress is perched on a cliff that is over 300 ft. above the river...a sheer cliff that made the castle inaccessible from the river. The design of the fortress is unique and was thought to be inpenetrable but, alas, like all monumental structures that are labelled as inconquerable, it was conquered.

This historic site is well worth the trip to see and appreciate. If you are very hearty, there is a path up the cliff - about a 90 min. walk. I opted for the bus - a wise decision due to my bad knee and also the view from the bus stop is grand. Seeing this building is impressive. It is in a badly ruined state but enough remains to show the vast structure and the clever design...and, after all, it is almost 1000 yrs. old.

This attraction was part of a Seine River cruise that I took in mid-Dec. 2012. I recommend both the Chateau Gaillard and also the river cruise as delightful and vastly interesting. Put this on your bucket list!

6  Thank Just22cute
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