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Château de Talmont, Talmont Saint Hilaire

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Château de Talmont was burned down by Louis VII in 1138, but even still it has remained in the family. The ruins of the castle are a historical monument that harkens memories of knights and armor, flags and battles. Stroll the grounds and complex to discover crumbled ramparts being reclaimed by nature, and stones that tell stories of Richard the I of England, who was lord of Talmont for 17 years. See Château de Talmont and all Talmont Saint Hilaire has to offer by arranging your trip with our Talmont Saint Hilaire travel itinerary maker.
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  • Not only interesting castle but plenty to do with children, not expensive and worth paying extra £2 to get recorded guide. Could spend there whole day just playing games.  more »
  • Worth seeing the horse spectacular if you have younger children. Pretty little castle with basic facilities.  more »
  • We went to visit as a last minute choice for a day out as it was cloudy. We all love historic sites and interesting buildings. Although our visit was just out of high season, there was still plenty to...  more »
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  • Friendly staff, two children, 2 & 4, loved it. Great views from the top of the tower. Lovely spot for a picnic.
  • Nice castle, went there in school summer holidays. The castle had some activities on the go, including an enactment of Richard the lion heart, with sword fighting, jousting, stunts, etc. Narrated in French, but it didn't matter that we couldn't understand it all because the enactment is full of action which kids will love. Definitely worth half a day at least.
  • A small but very historical chateau built in the 11th century. The most significant history was the occupancy by King Louis and later by King Richard I of England
  • In season, really good animations of horsemanship and falconry, with the story of Richard Coeur de Lion (in French, with live song!) Guided tours in French & English (all included in ticket price). Made me proud to be a citizen of Greater Normandy!
  • We visited on a whim and were very glad we did. Well presented, not too stuffy. They gave the four of us a guided tour in English. The middle ages arms presentation by Hubert the Chevalier and Rufus the Peasant was funny and informative. Also: great views.