Falaise, in south Calvados, is William the Conqueror's birthplace.

Its impressive castle overlooks the town from its rocky outcrop.
Discover Falaise’s fine heritage: town houses, old inns and remarkable religious edifices open to the public.

Falaise is also the ideal departure point for a number of great walking routes.

Worth a visit: the old wash house, Arlette’s fountain, the Town Hall where the names of William’s companions are inscribed.

Not to be missed:
William the Conqueror’s castle
Automates Avenue, an automaton museum to delight both the young and the not so young via a portrayal of the animated shop window displays that adorned Parisian department stores from the 1920s to the 1960s.

William the Conqueror’smedieval Castle

Relive the story of William the Conqueror in 3D! An exceptional visit for the whole family to enjoy at Falaise Castle!
William the Conqueror's castle in Falaise has been entirely restored; it looms above the town with its 3 keeps and its rampart flanked by no less than 15 towers.

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Civilians in WartimeMemorial, Falaise

In Falaise, a museum devoted to civilians during the Second World War and during the D-Day Landings in Normandy.
Come and find out how the civilians lived and survived the Second World War
An opportunity to remember that this war cost the lives of more civilians than it did soldiers.

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Automates Avenue

Wonder in store for the young and the not so young in this animated puppet centre in Falaise.
Come and discover this unique collection of over 300 automated puppets dating from the early 20th century to the 1960s, originally created to adorn the windows of leading Parisian department stores.

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La Chevauchée deGuillaume (William’s epic ride) / Phases 7 and 8: Clécy > Falaise

On horseback, discover the rugged landscapes and the verdant valleys of the Suisse Normande area and the Pays de Falaise. After a 9-hour ride, you will finally reach the medieval city of Falaise. This outing is designed for riders with a little experience, its difficulty being considered ‘moderate’.

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