Château Gaillard

Rouen
Normandy
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

These ruins are what remain of Richard the Lionheart's 12th century castle, built on the banks of the Seine to protect Normandy from the French. Advanced for its time, it is a masterpiece of military architecture and during the Hundred Years War, it stood up to a seige against the forces of John Beaufort, the Duke of Exeter for 18 months before surrender. Richard IV ordered the dismantling of the castle to use the stone to build château Gaillon and a monastery. Perched on a rock near Les Andelys, the castle is a focal point in a protected natural area that is great for climbers and hikers. 

Places to visit nearby

Giverny in Normandy is a picturesque village that captured the heart of Monet, becoming his home town and inspiring many of his most famous works.

Rouen in Normandy is the region's former capital and has a distinguished history involving such figures as Richard the Lionheart, William the Conqueror and Joan of Arc.

Versailles in Ile de France is the home of one of France's most famous and spectacular monuments - the Palace of Versailles.

Nearby attractions

The purpose of this museum is to study the international nature of the Impressionist movement, with particular attention given to the Giverny colony and the artists of the Seine Valley.

Take a wander through Claude Monet's spectacular gardens where he painted many of his most famous works.

Created in 1997 by Sylvie and Patrick Quibel, the Jardin Plume is a stunning contemporary garden combining structure and nature set in a typical Norman orchard. The garden includes huge plantations of grasses and perennials as...