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“Great bit of History”
Review of Chateau Ducal

Chateau Ducal
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Private Tour: Bayeux Sightseeing and Caen Day Trip from Bayeux
Ranked #4 of 50 things to do in Caen
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

I had trouble finding out the details for this attraction. It is open to the public all the time as you can walk around it and through the outside walls anytime. There are Museums inside which you need to pay for. We went to the Normandy one which has the history from prehistoric times which was interesting. We were only there an hour which was enough time to climb onto the walls and have a quick look around. You would need much more time to really explore it.
As with everywhere we went there were school groups there as well.
We found parking on the street but there is an underground car park. There must be a University near there as there were lots of students around the place.
No bathrooms - except in the museums.

Thank mandocc
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"within the walls"
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"few buildings"
in 3 reviews
"castle walls"
in 7 reviews
"art museum"
in 5 reviews
"nice place to wander around"
in 2 reviews
"des beaux arts"
in 3 reviews
"quick visit"
in 3 reviews
"beautiful castle"
in 2 reviews
"middle of town"
in 2 reviews
"lots of history"
in 2 reviews
"walk around"
in 3 reviews
"take your time"
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"ramparts"
in 43 reviews
"ruins"
in 15 reviews
"conqueror"
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"ducale"
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"exchequer"
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

We visited many buildings of this age while in France, and this one is quite well preserved for its age. I was able to envision how it must have been during it's peak. We didn't visit any of the museums inside but did take a few pics from the top - quite impressive!

Thank AnetteinToronto
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

This was William the Conqueror's castle (he is know locally as Guillaume Le Batard, the reason for which lies in his parents' marital status rather than his temperament). The interior now houses several interesting museums, and the view from the walls over the city is truly breathtaking.

Thank David L
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

That's what I always do when I visit castles, because those stones have been there forever and bear testimony to the history of mankind. It's like magic.
I'm not sure I understand the disappointment of some other reviewers. These are ruins, the remains of the ravages of time. It ought to be respected, not disparaged. It helps to go prepared with a rich imagination that will complete the image.
We had an elderly gentleman point out to us the little seashells built into the walls - the remainders of the sea that once filled the area aeons ago.

Thank FordPrefectII
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

We went there after it had closed. We had eaten dinner across the street, and noticed that the castle looked open, even though it was pretty late (it looked like there were preparations being made for a festival). We walked around the spacious site, looking at the outsides of various buildings (which were not open) and reading informational plaques. Then we walked around the ramparts, which offered nice views. I think that the chateau at Anjers is better for its historical significance and the Apocalpyse tapestry. However, this Ducal Chateau in Caen was interesting.

Thank Speculoos2013
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