One of the largest medieval fortresses of Western Europe, Chateau de Caen was built in 1060 by William the Conqueror, who successfully conquered England in 1066. Along with all of Normandy, it was handed over to the French Crown in 1204. The castle saw several engagements during the Hundred Years' War and was in use as a barracks as late as World War II. Bullet holes are visible on the walls of the castle where members of the French Resistance were shot. Plan your Chateau de Caen visit and explore what else you can see and do in Caen using our Caen tour itinerary planner.
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This was the best castle we visited on our tour of Normandy castles. First off, it looks like a castle and not a post-renaissance chateau, and you can go inside (which is not easy to find!) It's... more »
Nowadays Caen castle is foremost marketed as “the museum enclosure” but as a fan of medieval military architecture I was primarily interested in discovering the tumultuous history of the... more »
Well preserved fortress in the center of Caen. The fortress is very spacious and clean with museum and gastronomy. Very nice viewpoints on the city.
High battlements, awesome views of the city all round, lovely spots for picnicking inl spring and summer, great place
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