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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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  • I've been to the castle ruins four times over the years and is a standard stop when travelling in Normandy. The view over the river is very beautiful and the historical significance of the castle make...  more »
  • My wife and I hiked up to Chateau Gaillard which was a castle owned by Richard the Lionhearted. It is pretty much ruined but the photos you can get from the top are worth the hike and if you have an i...  more »
  • Visit without detour of this historic site, built at the end of the 12th century. Magnificent ruins of a castle, which is unfortunately missing. Besieged and then took over, it was dismantled in the early 17th century. Fortress and Dungeon perfectly preserved after many years of restoration. Visit and décor of many medieval animations. A must see for the place and the point of view of the city. In depth, you can admire a loop of the Seine. PMR: learn from the site towards the end of March / beginning of April.
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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.
  • An amazing historical site perched on a bend above the Siene
  • Nice view. Nothing extraordinary on regular days, but still worth a visit.