The château de Pirou
a medieval site steeped in legend
A stronghold that takes you back to the Middle Ages
Welcome to the 12th century at the Château de Pirou, set in the heart of a Viking site not far from the sea. Protecting the surrounding inlet, the castle once stood against invasions from the sea.
Go through the five fortified gates of this gem of medieval architecture. The path will take you around the central moat to the defensive gates that open onto one of the best preserved sites in Normandy.
The legend of the Pirou geese
During your visit to the Château de Pirou, you’ll hear the story of the Pirou geese, a popular legend dating back to the Scandinavian invasions. An enchanted spellbook, a mysterious transformation and a Viking atmosphere: all the ingredients for the magic to work!
Enjoy this bewitching tale, said to explain why wild geese stop in La Manche every year on their annual migration. Pause at the foot of the ramparts, look up to the sky and let your imagination do the rest!
The embroidered cloth of Piroua historical tapestry made in La Manche
Exhibited in the Château de Pirou, the Pirou Tapestry is an impressive embroidered cloth telling the story of the conquest of southern Italy and Sicily by the Hauteville brothers from the Cotentin peninsula. Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, this embroidery took 16 years to complete and is well worth a look during your visit to the Château. You’ll be amazed by the level of detail of this work, produced with the Bayeux stitch technique. The colourful, whimsical characters will take you on an epic journey!