FALAISE

William the Conqueror’s medieval Castle

Chateaux

Come and experience history at first hand. Discover the castle in virtual reality with the aid of a touchscreen tablet.
Falaise Castle is a solid stone fortress dating from around 1000. Built by the first Dukes of Normandy, it was enlarged after the conquest of England in 1066. In the12th century, William’s descendants built two square, typically anglo-norman, keeps using the foundations of the original castle.
These buildings show the Dukes of Normandy at the height of their powers. They are most sophisticated of the Royal Dukes’ palace/keeps and best preserved of their fortresses in France.
The virtual reconstruction breathes life into the palace, taking you back to the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries.
You go back to two different eras with the two circuits:
The outside circuit shows you the first fortified enclosure and the daily life in the basse-cour (lower town) in the 12th century.
You go inside for the real immersion in the history of the castle.
Through your touchscreen tablet, the rooms of the keep appear before you as they would have been in the 13th century. You are plunged straight into the splendour of the Anglo-Norman court - how the people lived in the castle, how their lives were organised, what they all did as part of the daily life of a fortified castle. Images of the people who once lived here appear to tell you their stories with the sounds that accompanied their lives.
Contact details

William the Conqueror’s medieval Castle

Place Guillaume Le Conquérant

14700 FALAISE

Access

Road (national / departmental) at 1km

Motorway at 2km

Phone : 02 31 41 61 44

Fax : 02 31 41 66 87

Booking

Recommended for groups Obligatory for groups

Labels

  • Normandy Quality Tourism

Other labels

  • Normandy Sites and Monuments Club
  • Rates

    Base rate - full rate adult From 8 €
    Child rate From 4 €

    Discount - maximum age : 17 years old

    Gratuities

    Discount - maximum age : 6 years old

    Rate for families From 20 €
    School group rate From 4 €
    School group rate From 3 €
    Reduced rate From 6 €
    Means of payment

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    Activities

    Supervised learning activity

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    Facility

    Coach Parking

    Visits

    VisitsIndividualGroup
    Average time90 minutes -
    Further informationGuided tours by appointment in F or GB: 1hr30. We can arrange for your tour guide to carry a tablet PC (please enquire). -

    Group

    Coach parking
    Groups acccepted
    Minimum number of people 20
    A chance to experience history at the Guillaume-le-Conquérant castle in Falaise. Birthplace of William the Conqueror and cradle of the Anglo-norman dynasty, the Chateau de Falaise was one of the main residences of the Dukes of Normandy, a formidable fortress and a symbol of princely power. Call upon the services of a guide and take an amazing tour with all the latest technology. Stereoscopic binoculars, films and touchscreens enable you to discover what life was like in a castle in the 11th, 12th and13th centuries. The impressive network of fortifications, walls and towers comes back to life and transports you back to the time of the Dukes of Normandy and Kings of England

    Further information

    Environment : In the town centre, In the country, Close to a motorway