Chateau Ducal, Caen

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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. Plan your Chateau Ducal visit and explore what else you can see and do in Caen using our Caen tour itinerary planner.
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  • The Ducal Castle is located in the historic centre of Caen. Two access doors open to the public so one with a small parking lot upon arriving at the castle on the right. For people with reduced mobility must continue and access in the walls is possible under authorization of the vigils. It's more wall of a castle as we imagine it. Too bad there is not information panel. The walk along the ramparts allows to see the city, beautiful walk only one access to the Museum is paying off. I recommend this tour
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  • Initiated by Guillaume the Conqueror so enlarged Millennium Castle has over the centuries. A major renovation programme gave a luster that makes it light and essential
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  • On our walk through Caen during a rainy Sunday in september we were very often for closed doors. Not here. We were in reception with a smile. A must. Sure do.
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  • Good views from the walls, information office closes for lunch. Has a small playground on the grounds.
  • Beautiful park with museums, plenty of green space and great views of Caen.
  • Nice ruins of ancient fortress.
  • Interesting to see the castle. It contains 3 musea, but we didn't find where to go for a guided tour of the castle.
  • The inside is a bit disappointing, seeing the outside

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