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Chateau Guillaume le Conquerant
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Owner description: The birthplace of William the Conqueror in 1027. free access to the baileyadmission to the keeps :adult : 7,5 eurochild (between 6 and 16): 3,5 eurofamily pass (18 euro) : 2 adults and one child full prices provide you free entrances for all others childrenExhibition "Anglonorman castles, Conquerors and Builders" from May the 14th to october the 16th 20111066 is the beginning of an epic for the Normans and the most famous of them all, William, born in Falaise.
Reviewed 3 September 2013

We arrived at lunch time and were please with the free parking around the walls of the castle. First things first lunch. Now Failiase has one of the best boulangerie/pastisseries I have ever been in. The assortment is sooooo tempting. The food of the highest quality.

To the castle. Very inexpensive to get in and the staff were extremely welcoming and helpful and also tolerant of my bad, school-boy French. We were given a mini-tablet each (note not to share but one each) and these devices when aimed at time targets presented how each room might have looked decorated in the manner of the day. The "war-machine" models and tablet animations were a real bonus.

On t he way around in various rooms actors were beamed onto the walls.These actors were playing various characters from the period. What was really cool was that their presentations gave one an idea of the back-biting, politics and stupidity that comes with power sometimes - makes you think somethings just have not changed.

Anyway back to the plot. We eventually found our way to the top of the tower and enjoyed the view over the rooftops of Falaise. Lovely to see the old roof tops. On the way out we found the complete story of Guillaume's prep, planning and subsequent invasion, this was presented on very high quality story boards.

Don't leave your visit for a rainy day as the grassy area inside the outer wall (does that make sense - hope so) is a very pleasant place to be to eat your lunch.

Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Fantastic use of free ipad type tablets help you to visualise this how it would have been when in use. The tablet senses your orientation so moves the picture round as you turn, lining up with what you face.
There is a huge amount to see, all in fantastic condition, great views from the top. You'll need a good half day to see this properly, and could stretch out to a whole day.
The castle is a credit to Falaise, and if you are English and Falaise is a stop-off prior to returning by Ferry, consider booking 2 nights at this interesting town, to properly accomodate the castle.

Thank EgoRonny
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Reviewed 30 July 2013 via mobile

We visited on a rainy day while on holiday in the area. What a fantastic day! Mini iPads are a fantastic idea and perfect for our under 6's who get bored of having text read out to them. The views are amazing, the entrance fee good value and a fab coffee shop/ patisserie over the road. Well worth the trip. Would recommend.

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Reviewed 25 July 2013 via mobile

The use of the mini iPads and augmented reality was more of a novelty than an intrinsic part of the tour but it does show what can be done. The videos projected on the walls of different rooms was really good and made the castle's history come alive. Well worth visiting.

Thank RichardKPerth
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

We weren't expecting much to be honest, local guide books didn't paint a great picture of the chateau but we loved it. It has been largely ruined but the renovated parts have been done in a very contemporary manner-lots of steel, concrete and polished glass. This gives the original parts of the castle a great deal more character. The audio guides worked very well in English and a lot of apparently empty rooms had electronically operated exhibitions that changed with the commentary. In one room, carpets and wall hangings are projected on the floor and walls and changed as you pass through history. We thought it was a brilliant day out for history buffs and well worth the drive, we came from Bayeux. The gift shop sells very un "health & safety" pc bows and arrows (cloth tipped) which we loved. Awesome patisserie shop just down from the castle too!

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