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Chateau Fort de Pirou, Pirou

#12 of 72 in Historic Sites in Manche
Must see · Castle · Tourist Spot
Chateau Fort de Pirou comes with its own legend. When the castle was besieged by the Normans in the Middle Ages, the lord of Chateau Fort de Pirou and his family used an old wizard's book to turn themselves into geese and escape during the assault. Unfortunately, when they tried to reverse the spell a few days later, they realized the book had burned along with the castle. To this day, wild geese still alight here every year in March during their annual migration--and those who believe the legend think they know why. While the legend probably isn't true, what we do know for sure is that the structure was initially built of wood, and later stone, in the 12th century. It's location near the English Channel made it ideal for watching the coast for invasion. In the 18th century, the castle became a farm. Then the government renovated it in the 20th century and opened to the public as a historic monument. Use our Pirou sightseeing app to add Chateau Fort de Pirou and other attractions to your Pirou vacation plans.
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  • Please take time to visit this interesting historical chateau. We wondered around for about 90 minutes. There is a visitors guide given to you on entry in English and the signs are in multiple...  more »
  • We stopped off on our way to the ferry home and weren't disappointed at all. It had been recommended by a colleague and Chateau Fort Pirou didn't disappoint at all. This stunning Chateau Fort is...  more »
  • Incredibly atmospheric. Wonderful architecture. A small gem. Must be seen.
  • Pretty chateau well worth a visit, we spent about 1.5hrs there on a rainy morning exploring the castle, we did the battlements walk twice as the kids loved the tricky spiral staircases and being up on top of the castle. The staff were welcoming and gave us an information sheet in English explaining the history of the castle. The facilities are quite basic, no cafe but a little gift shop, not great if you have any mobility problems.
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