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Chateau Gaillard, Normandy

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This fortress was dreamed of, skillfully designed and built by the fiery Richard I of England, feudal Duke of Normandy, better known as Richard the Lionheart. Like its creator, the stronghold of Les Andelys calls to mind strength, power, invincibility. Yet, the virtually impregnable fortress would live only a few years, just like Richard, who was too confident in his talents as a warrior.

Today, Chateau Gaillard is a ruined medieval castle overlooking the River Seine. It has a complex and advanced design, and uses early principles of concentric fortification. The castle consists of three enclosures separated by dry moats, with a keep in the inner enclosure. Plan to see Chateau Gaillard and other attractions that appeal to you using our Les Andelys travel itinerary maker.
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  • The hike to Chateau Gaillard is strenuous and not for individuals who have difficulty walking or health issues. Once you arrive at the top the views are stunning. The history behind the Chateau proved...  more »
  • As others have commented , it's a bit of a hike to the ruins but well worth the trip, when you realize that what remains of the fort is merely a third of the original structure you really appreciate t...  more »
  • We drove to the little town of Les Andelys. If you drive it is a bit confusing since you need to take a one-way road on the back side of town to get to the castle. When you get to the top of the hill ...  more »
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  • Amazing views of the surrounding countryside. Stunning vistas of the Seine and Les Andelys. Great for working off lunch as the walk up is fairly steep. Can be reached from the town or follow the signs at the top of the town to a small road that leads across the top of the bluff to a car park which has great views of the whole castle. The main keep costs about 3.40 per person to enter but has info to give you the historical context of the castle from conception to ruin.
  • My wife and I visited this ruin on 1st of November, last day of the 2016 season. In the morning, both surviving structures and restored walls were seen in the misty air, which was like a scene from a fairy tale movie. In the afternoon, the fog was cleared, and the view from the keep was fantastic with beautiful medieval town of Les Andelys and the Seine. A small picnic area is available so bring your food and enjoy the view.
  • Very nice view on the Seine river and Les Andelys. The ticket inside the inner walls costs about 4 euro - not nessesary to go there, not much to see inside the walls.
  • Nice view. Nothing extraordinary on regular days, but still worth a visit.
  • Fantastic views. Great to see the main stronghold of the Duke of Normandy and British Crown in France. To imagine the ferocious siege that took place. The effects of what basically was a family feud between the French and French/British cousins had a staggering effect on history.