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Visit of Château-Gaillard

A visit to discover one of the most beautiful sites of the Seine Valley: Château-Gaillard

Château-Gaillard is a ruined castle built by Richard the Lionheart, the building was constructed in only one year (1196), the construction requiring more than 6000 men on site. The castle was meant to protect Normandy from the French but was eventually taken in 1203 by Philip Augustus after several months of siege.

The visit of the castle is short, you can even go up the hill with your car, there is a big parking. The walk presented here starts from the banks of the Seine and requires a little more effort (15 minutes walk to reach the castle). There is a parking lot at the entrance of the city next to the bridge. To get to the castle you have to take the road next to the tourist office. The access to the outside of the castle is free. The visit allows to have a superb view on the valley of the Seine.

Do not hesitate to visit Château-Gaillard.

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Duration: 2 h.

The loops of the Seine

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The loops of the Seine
From the castle you have a magnificent view of the Seine valley.

The dungeon

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The dungeon
The castle consists of several successive protective enclosures. On the picture you can see the second enclosure and the keep.

The path around the castle

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The path around the castle
The castle was not the only point of defense in this part of the Seine. A whole set of outposts had been designed. Moreover, chains prevented the progression of ships on the Seine.

Les Andelys

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Les Andelys
From the castle you can see the town of Petit-Andely.

The ruins of the castle

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The ruins of the castle
The interior of the castle can be accessed but there is a charge for entry.

La Seine

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La Seine
You can continue the visit to have another point of view on the Seine and the castle by going up on the hill in front of the castle.

View of the castle

View of the castle

The banks of the Seine

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The banks of the Seine
The village is very pleasant in summer, you can take advantage of it to rest on the banks of the Seine.

The Little Andely

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The Little Andely
The walk ends by crossing the town. You can take advantage of the visit to make a detour to the Nicolas-Poussin museum, which was a native of the region.

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