In the Seine valley, Richard the Lionheart's majestic fortress.

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).

Spoken languages

  • French
  • English


  • Average duration of the individual visit: 60 min
  • Average duration of the group visit: 50 min
  • Welcome group from 15 person(s) to 100 people.



Type Price
Base rate - full rate adult 3,50 €
Reduced rate 3 €
Supplement for guide 3 €
Supplement for guide 2,50 €
Base rate - full rate adult 1 €

Means of payment

  • Vouchers
  • Carte bleue
  • Postal or bank cheques
  • Cash





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  • Free WIFI


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