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Chateau Ducal, Caen

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Ruin Castle
One of the largest medieval fortresses of Western Europe, Chateau Ducal was built in 1060 by William the Conqueror, who successfully conquered England in 1066. Along with all of Normandy, it was handed over to the French Crown in 1204. The castle saw several engagements during the Hundred Years' War and was in use as a barracks as late as World War II. Bullet holes are visible on the walls of the castle where members of the French Resistance were shot. Take a look at our Caen trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Chateau Ducal and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • 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.  more »
  • Wonderful weather helped as we went to the Chateau. Amazing grand entrance that opened up into not quite what I expected, a vast expanse and a carpark  more »
  • I've been many times to the castle over the past 30 years and it never ceases to impress me. It's a bit strange at first because there is no indoor part to it. remember that Caen was flattened in June...  more »
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  • Beautiful park with museums, plenty of green space and great views of Caen.
  • Interesting to see the castle. It contains 3 musea, but we didn't find where to go for a guided tour of the castle.
  • Beautiful place.
  • The view from the castle to the city of Caen and its bell towers is very nice inside the Museum of fine arts who has a very nice architecture and which houses a collection of very important painting. There are also the Museum of Normandy, very interesting too, the chapel of St. George, the coffee Mandel, the garden of the simple, in short there is plenty to do.
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  • large Castle (especially the rampart part) with a view of Caen. grans green spaces, ideal for arise. On the other hand, the Museum of modern art has nothing to do there, he's ruining the place
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