"BIRTHPLACE OF WILLIAM THE CONQUERER" Falaise by balhannah

Falaise Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 33 photos

FALAISE - LOWER NORMANDY

Was the birth place of William the Conqueror.


His father was Robert the Magnificent, Duke of Normandy.
As the story goes, he saw a Tanner's daughter doing her washing in a stream at Falaise. Her name was Arlette, and she was to become his mistress.

In 1027, she gave birth to William.

SEE & DO

See the old town, it really is lovely walking around the narrow streets.

We visited the Castle, saw the Church and William the Conqueror's impressive statue.

After reading these pages, if you wish to continue your journey through France with me, please click on the link for the next Town. FOUGERE'S

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely old buildings
  • Cons:Nil
  • In a nutshell:Like a step back in time
  • Last visit to Falaise: May 2011
  • Intro Updated Oct 25, 2013
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    what a beautiful village, they did a nice job restoring things! I havent explored this part of france yet,,,,

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Oct 26, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      My kind of village! I was very happy exploring the back roads of France and finding lovely places like this!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    wow lovely - I will definitely do a trip here when Im next in France! im really missing my normally fairly regular trips to France - now haven't been in too too long! (since the volcanic ash issue and had to come back from Morocco overground via Spain and France!)

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Oct 26, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      France has so many pretty villages, it is hard to choose what area to see!

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Oct 26, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      for sure keep hearing of lovely villages that never heard about via my usual channels though ive been to most areas around France except the Dordogne area which id go to next along with an at long last visit to Carcassone.

  • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Beautiful village. I love the stone buildings.

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Oct 25, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Me too! It was great being able to walk where William the Conqueror once did!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    What a lovely village with such a big history.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2012 at 5:19 AM

    What a great little place! Impressive castle, lots of history, pretty village - I can see why you enjoyed your visit here :-)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    Oh... so it had a very famous inhabitant, William the Conqueror :-) Lovely cute village it is!

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:45 AM

    We skipped Falaise last year because we had been before - a long time ago. Your pictures make me want to see it again!

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