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Chateau Fort de Pirou, Pirou

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Chateau Fort de Pirou comes with its own legend. When the castle was besieged by the Normans in the Middle Ages, the lord of Chateau Fort de Pirou and his family used an old wizard's book to turn themselves into geese and escape during the assault. Unfortunately, when they tried to reverse the spell a few days later, they realized the book had burned along with the castle. To this day, wild geese still alight here every year in March during their annual migration--and those who believe the legend think they know why. While the legend probably isn't true, what we do know for sure is that the structure was initially built of wood, and later stone, in the 12th century. It's location near the English Channel made it ideal for watching the coast for invasion. In the 18th century, the castle became a farm. Then the government renovated it in the 20th century and opened to the public as a historic monument. Before you head to Pirou, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Pirou trip generator, to make sure you see all that Pirou has to offer, including Chateau Fort de Pirou.
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  • A real gem hidden away. We have a fantastic tour round of this little fortress including a wall walk. You are free to roam anywhere and there was a lovely lady in the reception / small shop. Its a bit...  more »
  • This lovely moated castle is a good afternoon out for kids of all ages, we have taken 5 year olds and an 83 year old lady. Printed information about the castle is available in English to take with you...  more »
  • Spent a bit of time at this lovely renovated Chateau dating back to the 12 century. Only costs 3 euros each to get in and parking is free. You can look in most of the chateau including where they used...  more »
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  • Fabulous time, excellent staff and the château is gorgeous even if small. Well worth a visit.
  • A beautiful historic castle, he deserves a little more attention.
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  • Very sublime reality Castle.. .in the juice...
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  • The kids loved, beautiful place of history, ideal on a sunny day!
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  • To visit Castle dating from the 1100s renovate largely personal, competent and pleasant
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