“Les Andelys” is the reunification of two cities following the French Revolution.
Le Grand-Andely, of Gallo-Roman foundation, and Le Petit-Andely, from medieval times, are two very different and complementary historical town centres. During your visit, take the time to discover each of the two districts.
Departing from the Tourist Information Office, set off to discover Le Petit-Andely, from rue Grande to Hôpital Saint-Jacques, passing by the banks of the Seine and perhaps even Château-Gaillard. Charming and picturesque, this district gives pride of place to art galleries, small souvenir shops and restaurants.
Don’t forget to go along the Seine! The walk is relaxing and the view, of the fortress on one side and the limestone cliffs on the other, is truly magnificent.
A virtual reality tour of Les Andelys using LegendR
Visit Petit-Andely, Château-Gaillard and Les Andelys with a virtual tour. Equipped with a smartphone and a cardboard helmet, let your guide show you around. During your digital walk, immerse yourself in the 13th century with fascinating 3D reconstructions. Open doors to places that are normally inaccessible to the public and discover the history of Les Andelys.
The fortress of Richard The Lionheart
Afterwards, take a visit to Château-Gaillard, a symbolic fortress of the famous Richard The Lionheart. Enjoy listening to the history of France with a guided tour. Take a moment to appreciate the exceptional panorama of the Seine and the city that awaits you from the top of the hill.
Built in record time, between 1196 and 1198, on Richard The Lionhearts initiative (to protect his Anglo-Norman duchy), Château-Gaillard is a masterpiece of defensive architecture and is deemed to be impregnable. However, in 1204, it did not succeed and fell into the hands of the King of France, Philippe Auguste …
After your visit to the castle, make your way to “Le Grand Andely”. The administrative and commercial heart of Les Andelys, the district also has some historical nuggets: the Sainte-Clotilde fountain, the Notre-Dame collegiate church and the Nicolas Poussin municipal museum.
Nicolas Poussin Museum
Located in an old bourgeois mansion from the 18th century, the museum traces the history of the town of Les Andelys, from prehistoric times to the beginning of the industrial era. An entire room is dedicated to the Andelysian artist, Nicolas Poussin, which includes his masterpiece Coriolanus begged by his family.
There’s still time left to spend in Les Andelys and its surroundings; here are