Château de Martainville was built in the 15th and 16th centuries. It houses a fantastic exhibit of everyday life items in Normandy, from 16th to 19th centuries. Furniture, chinaware, kitchen equipment, dairy implements are all displayed according to their geographic origin from the Pays de Bray, the Pays de Caux, and the coast. The top floor of the castle is devoted to Norman costumes.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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A Google User (2 years ago)
Very nice. Worth a visit if you are in the zone.
A Google User (2 years ago)
(2018) Excellent Chateau with good collections in each room. Minimum 1 hour stay. Stairs access only but 3 floors fully open. Beautifully well kept. Kids free and cheap for adults. Great selectable audio wand so you can choose your level of detail.
A Google User (2 years ago)
Enjoyed spending a couple of hours here - unusual "château" which is run as a musuem housing temporary displays. An informative commentary (in English) was available if desired.
A Google User (2 years ago)
Its an interesting &unforgettable experience. Its a castle very ancien and preservative of textiles, in the kitchen, in d bedroom .Its all about culture in d past in Normadie. There is also a religious section. The chapel and d adornments put on by d priest.
A Google User (2 years ago)
Great museum to discover the old times through a wide range of objects from 17th, 18th and 19th century. Lots of explanations and reconstruction of the period.There are 4 floors, each for a certain period. All accessible by stairs. The big hiccup is that even though there is an entrance to the castle for people with physical disabilities, there's no lift. That means that people with a wheelchair can only see the ground floor and has to miss the rest of the exhibition. I'm the overall is great but in that point is so sad.
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