The enchanting Chateau and Park of Nacqueville are hidden away in a
lush coastal valley 20 minutes from the Channel port of Cherbourg, at the tip of
the Cotentin peninsula in Normandy, France.
"... one of the prettiest places in the world"
- Alexis de Tocqueville, the famous 19th century political philosopher.
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Registered as an historical monument, construction of the Chateau of Nacqueville began
in 1510 as a fortified manor. The defensive wall was knocked down around 1700,
while the main building was partly rebuilt during the 18th and 19th
centuries. With its granite walls and stone roofs, the Chateau is characteristic of the finest
manors on the Cotentin peninsula.
Created in the 1830s by an English landscape gardener, the garden appears as
a delightful romantic park. A stream with a series of waterfalls runs down to the lake in
which the Chateau is reflected.
Many varieties of rhododendrons, azaleas and hydrangeas, as well as ornamental trees, clumps
of giant gunnera and palm trees are spread over the lawns. A grotto and cascades add further
touches of elegance and fantasy in amongst the banks of rhododendrons on the steeply wooded
The garden is classified as “Jardin remarquable” (approximately, “Exceptional garden”), a quality label awarded by the Ministère de la Culture (Ministry of Culture).
To find out more:
Read more about the Park's
creation, and the Chateau's renovation, on the History page.
Watch a video tour of the gardens in
The Park of the Chateau de Nacqueville is open several days a week during the warmer
half of the year. Find opening hours, prices and other visit details on the Visits page.
Travelling to Nacqueville
The Chateau and Park of Nacqueville are 15 minutes by car from Cherbourg (see
map), a busy Channel port. Fast
ferries operate from both Portsmouth and Poole, taking just over 2 hours (see Getting there).