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Chateau Ducal

14000, Caen, France
+33 2 31 27 14 14
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14000, Caen, France
+33 2 31 27 14 14
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an interesting partial reconstruction of William the Conqueror's castle. There are nice views over the town of Caen as well. It's worth walking through and reading the helpful signs to drink in the history of the place.

Thank ColoradoLongJ
Reviewed 11 September 2017

When walking around taking it all in, be sure to get up to the ramparts, where there are excellent views of the city, and you get to see the outline of the old castle. Definitely a must do.

Thank JnVSydney
Reviewed 8 September 2017

A vast castle with a significant role in Western European history but for me as a self-confessed castle nut not that satisfying. It rather feels of a giant community facility with lots going on and that's great, but the focus on the history of the...More

Thank AllanJGJ
Reviewed 2 September 2017

A typical medieval castle: stone walls, chapels, a museum with artifacts and essays about history, etc. etc. If you're interested in history, this is one of the more important castles to see. If you're a tourist interested in, you know, interesting things, this is yet...More

1  Thank BobVanVS
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Castle located in the centre of Caen close to the town hall. The tour takes about an hour excluding the museum part. The views from the top are nice. A good zoom would be an advantage. There is a pay parking right under the castle.

Thank Fouad G
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

One of the largest castles in Europe and very commanding as it sits lording it over Caen. We didn't visit the museums but did enjoy just strolling around the chateau.

Thank Viewlander
Reviewed 23 July 2017

We were spending just one evening in Caen and after dinner, decided to take a walk and came upon the Chateau Ducal only to discover that we had arrived at the castle ruins of William the Conquerer! The adjoining buildings were closed for the evening...More

Thank Virginia Adams O
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Nice view if City. Free to take a look around and enjoy the view. We didnt visit the museums inside but the kids enjoyed taking a look and look at the canons

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 1 July 2017

There is much to see in the remnants of William the Conqueror's seat of power. Although most of the interior structures were obliterated in the Allied bombings of June-July 1944 the massive exterior walls can still provide some idea of past greatness. A modern museum,...More

Thank TJS47
Reviewed 26 May 2017

You can check out the moat of William the Conqueror's old digs. Most of the walls are completely intact. I wish some of the buildings were open when I was there.

Thank KellyChastain
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8 October 2017|
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Response from Catherine V | Reviewed this property |
All totally free and not connected to museum opening hours
Laura M
18 May 2016|
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Response from daves1946 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, 5-10 minutes walk (slightly uphill some of the way). Plenty of restaurants/bars/brasseries within the same distance.