Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Falaise

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William the Conquerer's birthplace and an important stronghold of the Dukes of Normandy and English kings, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant remains an impressive example of Norman fortification. French king Phillipe Augustus wrested the castle from the hands of King John in 1204. Learn about the building’s history through excellent audio-visual displays. Call ahead for guided tours in English. Work out when and for how long to visit Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant and other Falaise attractions using our handy Falaise online driving holiday planner.
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  • Having come here over 30 years ago it has changed a bit although the central feature of the ruined chateau with modern replacements for the missing bits remains as fascinating as ever. Enhanced with....  more »
  • Falaise castle is erected from the tenth century onward on a rocky outcrop dominating the river Ante. The defining edifices of the present stronghold are dated twelfth (great and little keep) and...  more »
  • Recommended by our hosts nearby. Impressive medieval fortress, brought to life by the self-guided visit with audioguide. We "met" the Conqueror, the Plantagenets, Philippe Auguste in this beautiful...  more »
  • Amazing simply the most wonderful Castle we have been to!!! The interactive tablet's gave a real in sight to how it would have looked and had bonus features to go into more depth. Friendly staff with excellent English skills to help those with limited French skills like us. I won't say much more as to not spoil your experience. Definitely a must do a real Gem.
  • A great example of early period castle which was also a ducal seat. They are doing a wonderful job of restoration, leaving as much as possible of the original structure. Excellent information displays on William and his life there. The tablet tour VR displays were well done also. For those who want to visit a true castle, not a chateau, this is a good experience.
  • Big castle with a free parking lot along the walls downhill. They did a great job with trying to recreate what it would have looked like originally with a tablet which you get during your paid visit. Everything aside the keep is doesn't require paying and there are a few poles with binoculars through which you can see the castle as it used to be.
  • Brilliant experience. Great video and text guides without being uninteresting. Got the kids attention. In English and French at all points. Not a negative, but beware that some parts of the château are not great for access (narrow staircases).
  • Outstanding reconstruction of Falaise castle with imaginative use of interpretative information using individual tablets. Follows the pedigree and chronology of William showing his ruthless chsracter from the death of his father when William was 8 years. Wander within the old city walls for free. The best castle and restoration I ave seen, all for €8.50 including free parking. Well done Falaise for such forward thinking.

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