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Chateau Ducal

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Address: 14000, Caen, France
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Nice views

very nice viewing point over the city although non of the original castle remains but there is a church and a museum to visit here.

Reviewed 13 August 2015
County Laois, Ireland
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London, United Kingdom
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158 reviews
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Reviewed 7 September 2015 via mobile

Fantastic and huge castle very close to the center of Caen. Well restored and maintained example of a castle that dates back in part to 1220. The nice thing about the castle is that you don't have to pay to walk around the grounds. You only pay if you want to go into one of the museums within the walls.

Thank Ian T
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

The first surprise was that the entry to the castle is actually free of charge! The site is in a beautiful elevated section of the city, and gives beautiful views of the city. All historic points have information plaques, and yet they are in French only it's easy to get the salient points from them. There's also QR code points... More 

Thank Patric H
Exeter, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2015

When we visited Caen, we wanted to go here as the main part of our visit. At first, I didn't think it would be very good. But that quickly changed when I got inside the castle itself. Modern and educational - just how I like it.

Thank James T
County Laois, Ireland
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66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

very nice viewing point over the city although non of the original castle remains but there is a church and a museum to visit here.

Thank skinsmulhall
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

The French have a great way of combining history with modern day but still preserving the grandeur of a place. In England this would now be a pile of bricks but here its is slowly being rebuilt and cared for by craftsmen. Well worth a visit.

Thank Peter B
London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2015

We visited here to see some local history and heard it was worth a trip. As a free activity it seemed good and our children enjoyed exploring the grounds.

Thank zhCJ
Ringwood, United Kingdom
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230 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2015

The castle is impressive in its size and scope and the walls make a strong statement. You can walk along stretches of the outer walls and get a great view both internally and externally (although Cean itself lacks many buildings of interest due to damage during the 2nd world war). There are two extant buildings to see; the small church... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 July 2015

Nice central location and free to access ramparts and main castle courtyards... need to pay for some museum sections.

1 Thank Djc00ran
Carryduff, United Kingdom
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174 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2015

Great family day out. Free parking and a great play area. Very close to city so it's easy to spend the day.

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Noosa, Australia
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2015

Takes pride of place in Caen. Parking stations underground are inexpensive and easy to find. Take your time walking around and exploring, it's a huge old castle. Views over Caen from the many vantage points are incredible. And the best of all, you can do it all for free. Take your camera. When you're done, walk out and into town... More 

1 Thank Jock G

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