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Chateau Ducal

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Address: 14000, Caen, France
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+33 2 31 27 14 14
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Have on mind that on the site you will not find the castle, but only the castle ruins and the remains of the defensive wall. If you climb up the walls you will see one side of... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2016
Vilnius, Lithuania
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016

Have on mind that on the site you will not find the castle, but only the castle ruins and the remains of the defensive wall. If you climb up the walls you will see one side of the city, but La Maison des Quatrans and Église Saint-Pierre the best. Of course you can visit Musée de Normandie and Musée des... More 

2 Thank Dalmik
Norwich, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

The castle has been carefully restored and is great to wonder around. The views from the ramparts are spectacular.

Thank Roger B
Leiden, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

We just walked around into town, when we saw that the old fortes is open for public. Just climb up the walls and see the stunning fews of the city In front ( under ) their is a cheap parking garage situated

Thank Guido1910
Dublin, Ireland
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

I have a great interest in Norman history and was very excited to visit the Norman chateau in Caen. I was very disappointed to discover that there is no castle interior / keep to visit as such, so you are just walking in the grounds / walking on the ramparts to get a view of the city, and viewing two... More 

2 Thank MichelleMandC
Hong Kong, China
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331 reviews
152 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

A historical site to understand how the ancient emperors maintain protection against potential invaders. The view of Caen from the castle is very nice as well.

Thank D_and_G_2008
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Castle grounds are free to the public. It's open at 9. Parking is ok and close. There is a small walk through informational in the back in what used to be a church or hall of some sort that's open to the public. We left before the museums were really open but there's a local museum of culture there and... More 

2 Thank Kdaisy1
Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

Right in the center of Caen, well signed in English and French. Several museums inside, extensive grounds, good for walking. Ramparts, walls, towers, more of a castle.

Thank Edward H
Brisbane, Queensland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

The Chateau is very imposing, sitting on a hilltop right in the middle of Caen. Walking along the ramparts provides lovely views towards the town with its many church steeples. There are also the ruins of William the Conqueror's original castle to be seen - the base of the keep are the most impressive. There are nice spots inside the... More 

Thank geographyguy_11
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 308 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Chateau Ducal houses the Musée de Normandie and the Musée des Beaux Arts but we didn't visit either of these, we only walked the ramparts of the castle, which offered good views of Caen. The walls of the castle go on and on, we know because we walked all around trying to find the entrance, it didn't seem well signed,... More 

Thank KTGP
Oxnard, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

We went on a Sunday so museums were not open. Fun walking around the ramparts and reading historical signs.

Thank gardener4313

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