In Les Andelys, between Paris and Rouen, Château Gaillard overlooks one of the most beautiful meanders of the river Seine. Built by Richard the Lionheart in 1198, it barred the river Seine before Rouen to protect the Duchy of Normandy. After the death of Richard the Lionheart in 1199, his brother, John Lackland, inherited it. But in 1204, King Philip II Augustus seized it which made the Duchy of Normandy part of the Kingdom of France. Nowadays, the site provides a stunning view over the splendid Seine valley. Built in only one year and so proud of his work, Richard the Lionheart exclaimed "How beautiful she is my one-year-old daughter! What a “gaillard” castle". ("gaillard" here means well-fortified).
The site is located on a rocky outcrop and the access roads are rough. Access can be difficult. Be vigilant when traveling.
The site is not accessible to people with reduced mobility and strollers.
Site closed on Monday and Tuesday (except on public holidays when it is open).
Guided tours in French : 11 a.m. / 2:30 p.m. / 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Guided tours in English:
- Wednesday afternoon (except school holidays): 2.30 p.m. / 3.30 p.m. / 4.30 p.m.
- Thursday and Friday afternoon: 2.30 p.m. / 3.30 p.m. / 4.30 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday morning: 11:00 a.m.
Guided tours in French and English are subject to the availability of the guides.
- Tarifs min. (en €) Tarifs max. (en €)
- Base rate - full rate adult3€50
- Reduced rate3€
- Supplement for guide3€
- Supplement for guide2€50
- Base rate - full rate adult1€
- Free for all
- Other group rate
- Carte bleue
- Postal or bank cheques
- WednesdayDe 10:00 à 12:30 et de 14:00 à 18:00
- ThursdayDe 10:00 à 12:30 et de 14:00 à 18:00
- FridayDe 10:00 à 12:30 et de 14:00 à 18:00
- SaturdayDe 10:00 à 12:30 et de 14:00 à 18:00
- SundayDe 10:00 à 12:30 et de 14:00 à 18:00