Trip Planner:   Europe  /  France  /  Normandy  /  Basse-Normandie  /  Calvados  /  Caen  /  Chateau de Caen

Chateau de Caen, Caen

4.1
#2 of 9 in Historic Sites in Caen
Ruin · Hidden Gem · Castle
Create an itinerary including Chateau de Caen
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.
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Chateau de Caen reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
693 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • Free castle and ramparts. Steep stairs but good views from up there. Didn't do the museums so can't comment. Very open. Would recommend for maybe an hour. 
    Free castle and ramparts. Steep stairs but good views from up there. Didn't do the museums so can't comment. Very open. Would recommend for maybe an hour.  more »
  • The Caen Castle was built by William the Conqueror around 1060 before he successfully conquered England in 1066. His son Henry I greatly expanded it adding St. George's Church and other buildings... 
    The Caen Castle was built by William the Conqueror around 1060 before he successfully conquered England in 1066. His son Henry I greatly expanded it adding St. George's Church and other buildings...  more »
Google
  • Really nice medieval castle that’s free to enter. There’s also ruins of William the Conquerors palace. It also has amazing views of Caen. There is an art museum inside of you want to pay money to go in. There is also a free museum on the history of Normandy. You can also walk the walls of the castle for a nice view. It’s a good place to wander around. Keep in mind that Normandy weather can be cold even in summer, so be prepared for clouds and rain.
  • Beautiful and majestic historical castle in Caen, Normandy. Built on a hill in 1060, by William of Normandy, who later conquered England, the castle walls provides an excellent panoramic view of the city on all sides. The castle walls are free to walk, though it involves some stairs. Highly recommended to visit when you are in Caen.

Plan your trip to Caen

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.