Château des Ravalet

Tourlaville, France

Château des Ravalet is an outstanding Renaissance style castle, built between 1562 and 1575. Transformed into a farm during the 17th century, it was restored between 1859 and 1874 by Alexis de Tocqueville’s family, the author of on democracy in America. They created the park, with its ponds and its exotic greenhouse. The Cherbourg city acquired the castle in 1935. Today, the castle and its park are both listed as national heritage sites. The 14 hectares park is made of both an English and a French garden. The French garden is located in front of the magnificent 19th century greenhouse.

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Founded: 1562-1575
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Natalja Maskaluka (2 years ago)
Beautiful place, very enjoyable walk around.
Amaury (2 years ago)
Great, no loud people, different areas
Lee Johnson (2 years ago)
Just excellent! You cannot believe such a place exists in the outskirts of Cherbourg. And its free to enter the gardens.
satish ambavane (2 years ago)
Really good
JustOrdinaryWoman75 (2 years ago)
Such a wonderful place to spend time. Peaceful and "green". I could stay there forever :)
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