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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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  • This is a fairly steep climb, so wear good walking shoes and bring water. We climbed from the center of town up the hill to the base of the castle grounds, then up to the castle itself. This can be a ...  more »
  • Superb site, the ruins of the Castle or the view of the Valley. But the visit to the castle is unfortunately not a visit. Well, it's cheap, but there is nothing to do. Maybe someday, if we can go up in the Dungeon... But to see the place, it's great. Attention, town not easy for older or less mobile people.
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  • We were staying in Les Andelys and picked a cooler day for the steep walk up to the castle, but the effort was worth it. We just managed to miss a large group from the Viking River Cruise boat, luckil...  more »
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  • Fantastic panoramic view at the top of the castle. A bit tedious getting there but well worth 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.
  • 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.

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