Chateau Ducal, Caen
About Chateau Ducal, Caen
Chateau Ducal, Caen - Address, Phone Number
Address: 14000, Caen, France
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:30 am - 06:00 pm Details
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Ancient Ruin, Castle, Historical Site, Monument
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Chateau Ducal is a castle in Caen and has been classed as a Monument historique since 1886. It was built in 1060 by William the Conqueror, who had conquered England in 1066. Later, his son had built Saint Georges church, a keep and a huge hall for the Duke Court. The castle was built on the hillock and is now amidst the city. It covers an area of 5.5 hectares and is one of the biggest in Western Europe. Till today, it remains an essential feature of Norman strategy and policy.
Attractions within the castle include:
- The Church of St. George (11th-20th c.)
- The dungeon
- From the house of Governors Normandy Museum
- The Old Palace and the Room of the Exchequer
- The fortress ramparts, towers and gates
- Sculpture park
- The artillery terrace and Salles du Rempart
- The Museum of Fine Arts
- La Porte des Champs
- La Porte Saint-Pierre
- The herb garden
- The Lefebvre barracks
Chateau Ducal Ticket Prices
- Free entry to the castle but the various attractions within the castle have separate entry fees.
How To reach Chateau Ducal by Public Transport
- Buses to stop St Pierre, University, or Quatrans
Restaurants Near Chateau Ducal
- La Poterne
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You can truly appreciate the reason a castle was built as you walk through the grounds of Caen Castle. You can use the self guided tour to understand the different parts of the castle like the tower, keep and ramparts. Lots of parking, a couple of elevators, and not too touristy. There's also a museum. Beautiful views of Caen from the towers.
Great views in a great setting. So much history and they have done a great job intermixing contemporary art with the historic. Great views of the surrounding city. Plenty to do without going through the part or exhibits you need to pay for. End
Built around 1060. Huge enclosure with many original features. Walk the ramparts. Visit two museums plus exhibit areas. Observe the castle keep / donjon and the current excavation site. Just fabulous.
Visiting the castle and having the opportunity to walk along the ramparts and the grounds was very thrilling and transports one to a bygone era. I liked how things were not hyper-controlled as tends to happen with touristic destinations. Definitely worth spending a few hours on site.
Beautifull castle for a short visit. Good to visit with children. There are a few ruins an old church and a museum. There is a restaurant and a play garden fir the children. From the walls you have a nice view over the city.
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