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Chateau Gaillard

#104 of 1,016 things to do in Normandy
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Address: Chemin du Chateau de la Gaillard, Petit Andelys | Les Andelys, Eure, Haute Normandie, 27700, France
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+33 2 32 54 04 16
10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:00
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14:00 - 18:00

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Interesting Castle Ruin in Charming French Town

This castle, built in just two years by Richard the Lionhearted is an interesting place with a superb view of the Seine river and the adjoining ancient town of Andelys. Well worth... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Lake Oswego, Oregon
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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The gate to the inside of the castle was closed Monday morning. What one can see of the outside by walking around takes about 30 minutes. The views of the Seine river valley were limited by haze or early morning fog. It was an uphill climb from town to the castle. Kids should like climbing around here.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This castle, built in just two years by Richard the Lionhearted is an interesting place with a superb view of the Seine river and the adjoining ancient town of Andelys. Well worth a visit. The French seine that captured the castle took 6 months due to the castles unique design providing for three fortresses.

Thank LOMike
Hebden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous place, best visited out of season I would think. We parked up on the nearest car park and walked the short scenic path over to the chateaux. There is also a nature walk Which takes about an hour, you can get a route from the info centre on the car park if it's open. Although there is plenty of... More 

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Zagreb, Croatia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

View of the river Seine Valley Is Stuning. Chateau ruins are magnificient so it Is worth of visiting former Defence fortress.

Thank Vlado Z
Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

The hike to Chateau Gaillard, the ruins of Richard the Lionheart's 12 century stronghold was exhilarating. The views from the castle ruins were remarkable.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

I've been to the castle ruins four times over the years and is a standard stop when travelling in Normandy. The view over the river is very beautiful and the historical significance of the castle makes it an interesting place to visit. There isn't much left of the castle, but what remains gives you a sense of how imposing it... More 

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Nyon, Switzerland
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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I hiked up to Chateau Gaillard which was a castle owned by Richard the Lionhearted. It is pretty much ruined but the photos you can get from the top are worth the hike and if you have an imagination you could imagine what stories the walls could tell!

Thank Brads P
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

This is for those who are interested in Medieval history, Richard the lionheart and related people. This is thought to be "untakable" fortress, but alas, it was taken during such a short period. Read the history before visiting...or get a historical guide. Town below the ruin is also worth a little stroll.

Thank vamsally
British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

Our ship docked in Les Andelys at the bend of the Seine River. From the river front, our guide walked us to the 12th century ruins of King Richard the Lionheart’s fortress, the Chateau Gaillard. Be sure to wear good walking shoes/runners, as you will be walking up a long 5 – 10 degree walkway. It took us about 30... More 

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Reviewed 14 October 2016

Old castle that is falling apart but quite picturesqe. You can't go in but the unbelievable countryside is there for you to see. Spectacular view, including the castle. Rolling and hilly farmland. And it is free.

Thank Alan K

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