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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. Chateau Gaillard is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Les Andelys Edition.
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  • The gaillard Castle is located on a promontory overlooking the Seine Valley. Ruins and splendid panorama. Easy access by car or foot. Many car parks.
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  • Accidentally found this castle reminded me of the castles of Scotland. He stands at the top of a hill and offers a breathtaking panorama. The visit of the outside is free. Only downside: parking is really inadequate for cars. It is a wasteland with many holes and hinges.
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  • If stopover, if tip at Chateau Gaillard. We have not bothered to actually look in the ruins, but the view, something previously on the car park is definitely recommended.
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  • Cool history and landscape, but only ruins to visit. If you are into ruins or landscape go for it. Otherwise just read about it.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic panoramic view at the top of the castle. A bit tedious getting there but well worth it
  • 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.

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