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Chateau Gaillard

#100 of 1,000 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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Wonderful views from this ruined castle

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 February 2017
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The castle was built for Richard I (The Lionheart) of England when England "owned" Normandy and Brittany. The castle was built to control passage on the River Seine far below. It is a long walk up from the town but it is worth it. There is a carpark near the top for those that have a vehicle. The castle is... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We climbed to Chateau Gaillard from the banks of the Seine River, it was a very hot day and we were glad to have plenty of water in our water bottles. We were lucky enough to have a very knowledgeable guide who made the visit come alive with history and stories of the past. The Chateau is in ruins, currently... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Very friendly managers Clean, warm showers Quiet and spotless sites Bakery service in the morning Very relaxing

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Les Petit Andelys is a lovely place to visit and a regular cruise ship stop. Above the town are the spectacular ruins of a medieval castle built at the time of English occupation as a defensive position on the Seine. Well worth the visit and catch up on the history of the times. For visitors not interested in history the... More 

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