Playing Tourist at Chateau Gaillard

As our holiday drew to a close there was just enough time left for the family to play tourist and visit a local castle.

Chateau Gaillard overlooking the Seine River


As the car wound its way slowly round the roads of Les Andelys, it was clear from the eldest that she was indicating signs of “are we nearly there yet”. “Just a little further” we tried reassuring her but guessing that at her age she didn't understand.


We passed a huge church (possibly Saint Saviour’s church) that reminded me of the Notre Dame in Paris and my husband was keen to visit after our trip to Chateau Gaillard but alas we ran out of time. Perhaps one day we will return and have a look around.

Caught on camera walking around Chateau Gaillard


Settled on an embankment overlooking the River Seine and Les Andelys, Chateau Gaillard was built by Richard The Lion Heart (King of England and Duke of Normandy) around 1196. The castle was ordered to be demolished in 1598 and the building was used to create other buildings around the area. They are now restoring the castle with the latest work having been carried out between 2011 and 2013. It was thought that the castle looked like this illustration.

An illustration of how the castle may have once looked

On a beautiful sunny day like it was when we visited you can see all around and the view certainly is magnificent. During the summer months there are mediaeval activities to draw in the tourists but alas we didn't see any when we visited. My hubby did however see two geocaches out of four while we were up there. Well you didn't think we could leave those out do you?

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  1. Looks like you had a great time #bestandworst

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  2. Ah looks really historic and beautiful! I bet you want to go back at some point! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx

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    1. That sure would be lovely especially if I'm whisked off by a knight - ah a girl can daydream - sorry hubby x

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  3. Haha I'm glad you found some geocaches! It does look like a stunning place to visit and well worth the 'are we nearly there yet' enquiry. I love visiting historic places they really make me think and I bet it's great in the summer with all the activities. Thanks so much for sharing at #familyfun. Hope you can come back next week xx

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    1. I'm pleased we made time to stop and take in this magnificent place. Perhaps the little ones will see and appreciate the activities there when they are older.

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  4. The view is simply stunning! Lovely place to be a tourist =) #whatevertheweather

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  5. looking at the sketch from the artist impression it must have been an impressive place in its day. A little more ruined today but still a great place to visit I guess. Shame you did'nt get the tourist activities. Yay for the geocache! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun you'll be more than welcome again next week!

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    1. I imagine so yes. Although it was a little too windy for the likes of little squishy.

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  6. Wow it looks beautiful! We used to love geocaching but haven't done it for ages - must start it up again! Thanks so much for linking up to #FabFridayPost

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    1. You really should. They are great at encouraging you to see places you'd not have otherwise.

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  7. Looks like the castle had a commanding position. What a perfect setting for medieval activities. Shame you didn't have time for the church, but it does sound like a good excuse to go back. #CountryKids

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    1. It sure is. One day I'm sure we will return.

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  8. It looks gorgeous! And wow, it must have been huge before it was destroyed. I love that no matter where you go you find a few geocaches, you are a true geocaching family! :) Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x (P.s. could you please add the badge to your post?, thank you!)

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    1. Yes with 10,000 odd geocaches you could say we are addicted. Please see that the badge is in the sidebar.

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  9. It looks amazing. I bet it was stunning in its heyday! Well done on finding some geocaches :-)

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    1. It certainly looks that way from the illustration doesn't it

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  10. Wow what a place to visit, so rich in history. I kind of day out. Looks like you had decent weather too. Awesome! Stopping by from #CountryKids

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    1. It was really hot. We'd packed for British weather!

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  11. What a fab place to explore, it's amazing the history of the castle, the kids must've loved seeing a castle in construction. The views there were simply amazing though, I bet it was lovely to just appreciate them for a while. It's fab that you found some geocaches as well, a perfect family holiday activity!

    Thanks for linking up and sharing with me on #CountryKids.

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    1. You're welcome. We really enjoyed visiting.

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  12. Looks like it was an interesting place to explore and fascinating to read a little more about the history too. Glad you managed to find a couple of geocaches while you were there as well! :-) #countrykids

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    1. The geocaches were a bonus. They do take you to some wonderful places.

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  13. Geocaching is something we haven't tried yet.That view looks amazing and you definitely need to go back again.

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    1. It would be lovely. Maybe we'll plan to when an event is there too.

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