Château Gaillard

Rouen
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
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. 

Find a holiday

Brittany Ferries holidays include return ferry travel with your car so you can explore at your own pace. What's more, you can pack everything you need to make the most of your time away - from bikes to surfboards and even the family pet.