Falaise was another of our sat nav saviours. It’s the ancient seat of the Dukes of Normandy and the home of William the Conqueror, his castle and statue perched on the top of a steep grass bank just off the town centre. Falaise castle holds various medieval themed events in the summer and includes an interactive 3D virtual tour using ipad technology. By holding up the ipad and rotating it round the rooms, sensors project an image of what the original architecture (pre renovation) and decoration looked like. Something for bored kids, the history lover and the IT anorak!

Falaise Castle also has an excellent legend of a pig execution that was once the subject of fresco until someone painted over it in 1820. Click on the link to read the full story.