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“You can feel the history both old and new” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chateau Ducal

Chateau Ducal
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US$93.30*
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Private Tour: Bayeux Sightseeing and Caen Day Trip from Bayeux
Ranked #4 of 45 things to do in Caen
Certificate of Excellence
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“You can feel the history both old and new”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

William the Conqueror's Castle in Caen literally reeks of history that is significant to those with a British heritage, significant not only as the major power base for the Norman King who conquered and transformed England, but also for the hard fought battle to take Caen itself in WWII. This battle held up the British and Canadian forces for longer than intended but so stretched the German forces that US forces were able to subdue the German forces in the South and the East.

Caen Castle bears the scars to this day and it is interesting to try to spot the damage caused by bullets and shrapnel. The walls themselves are impressive and would have been a formidable stronghold in 1944 let alone in the mediaeval period. The castle including its cannon towers have a comprehensive view out over Caen and the surrounding countryside.

It well worth seeing. There appear to be continuing restoration and archaeological works being undertaken even now so this will continue to improve our understanding and appreciation of this site. Signs are also in English which is a great help.

Visited April 2014
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Nice place to stroll”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

You can just stroll around the grounds or go into the two museums on the grounds plus you have a great view of the city and countryside

Visited April 2014
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MARKHAM
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“More for nostalgia than history”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

This was home for William the Conqueror, the shaper of medieval England. The castle walls are impressive, but there is not much inside. An overpriced museum presents a very Gallic slant of history. Skip the Museum and walk (free) the ramparts to feel the past glory.

Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Worthy of a Unesco rating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

Check out the Musee Beaux Art and the Musee du Normandie. nice views from the top. Parking a bit tough to find though.

Visited April 2014
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paris
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“Monty Pythons could have drop white rabbits from there”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

Guillaume Le Conquérant had built in Caen a very large castle. A part of it has resisted to the american bombing which destroyed most of the town and let imagine how strong was this fortress at the eleventh century.

Visited February 2013
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