Château des Ravalet

Cherbourg
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

Just 15 minutes from Cherbourg is the elegant Château des Ravalet, a wonderful example of Renaissance architecture. The château has a tumultuous past as the home of the incestuous Julien and Marguerite de Raval who were beheaded by the King in 1603, it was sold on to Charles de Franquetot after serious financial problems in the family, who was murdered by his valet, and acted as a war hospital during WW1 and a German army base in WW2.

Enjoy a peaceful walk through the 30 acres of gardens which were created by the Viscount René de Tocqueville in 1872. Wander along the pretty winding paths that lead through the attractive gardens with their remarkable trees, lakes and one of the few surviving Rotunda greenhouses from the 19th century all ready to be explored.

Nearby attractions

This excellent museum is set in the Fort du Roule, a Second Empire fortress which was occupied by the Germans during WW2 and liberated by the Americans in 1944.

Leaving from the Pont Tournant, the Adèle operate various boat trips in the summer. Daily boat trips with a commentary can be taken around the harbour.

An unmissable attraction when you are in Normandy, La Cité de la Mer is a fantastic place to spend the whole day learning about man's adventures under the sea.

Cherbourg's markets are mainly held in the Place du Gaulle, which is named after the great French hero and has, at different times in history, been known as Castle Square and Freedom Square.

Places to visit nearby

Cherbourg, in Normandy, is a port town with a seafaring history that is second to none.

Carentan in Normandy is a quaint town surrounded by vast wetlands and marshes teeming with wildlife - but it is most famous as the site of the Battle of Carentan during the Battle of Normandy in WW2.

Coutances in Normandy is an historical market town, set amongst beautiful countryside and close to the coast, that is famous for its beautiful cathedral.