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.

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