Breteuil-sur-Iton is a pretty little Norman town near one of the largest forest areas in the Eure. Here, history and nature intermingle harmoniously. Follow its historical circuit, relax by the pond in the public garden, visit its museum, play explorers with the family… These are some of the activities offered by this Green Holiday Resort.

* An old fortress erected by Guillaume Le Conquérant.
This town, today labeled “Station Verte de Vacances” and “Village fleuri”, bordered by a vast forest area and crossed by an arm of the river, has had a strong historical past. From 1054, it was a place fortified by William the Conqueror to defend the Duchy of Normandy against the attacks of the King of France. The fortress was surrounded by ditches fed by the diversion of water from the Iton. The archers and lords of Breteuil took part in the conquest of England in 1066 during the Battle of Hastings.

* Development of the city during the Belle Époque.
Thanks to the forced arm of the Iton river, the city breathes nature along its canals and green ponds. This sweetness of life is appreciated by the nobles of the last century who embellished the city around the period of the Belle Époque. The architecture of the XNUMXth century is omnipresent through many bourgeois houses and emblematic buildings such as the Town Hall, the Château Pillon de Buhorel or the Château de Bonald.

Take a walk in Breteuil-sur-Iton:
* The historical circuit of Breteuil available at the Maison d'Information du Public or at the Breteuil Town Hall (rue Huckelhoven).
* An audio guide offers a commented and geolocated tour of this historic circuit with the free IziTravel application.
* In 2020, a 2,5 km nature trail is being developed starting from the village hall (place du Souchet), crossing the public garden, the feudal mound, the meadow of the 7 canals and the pond of Breteuil fishing.

Visit Breteuil-sur-Iton:
* The Old Life and Trades Museum presents more than 7000 tools and old objects, sometimes unusual, on popular art.
* Guided tours of the city and its feudal motte are possible on request for individuals and groups. More information on +02 32 32 17 17 XNUMX.

Playing family explorers in Breteuil-sur-Iton:
* With the free game booklet “Investigation in Breteuil” (from 7 years old), follow Léon the heron in search of a great Norman lord. Discovery of the city in the form of games and puzzles.
Try to solve puzzles, at the Vie et Métiers d'Autrefois museum, using game booklets suitable for children aged 6 to 16.

Take a break in Breteuil-sur-Iton:
* Place Laffitte, its town hall built in 1840 on the model of the former Hôtel-Dieu and its castle is famous for one of the doors of its Renaissance-style orangery. The scene of the passage of the certificate of studies with Bourvil in the film “Le Trou Normand” was filmed there. This central town square brings together cafes and restaurants as well as the weekly market on Wednesday mornings.
* The public garden is crossed by tree-lined paths which hide a vast 7-hectare pond dotted with small peninsulas where herons, swans and mallards live.
* The Saint-Sulpice church, listed as an historic monument, is open every day from 9 a.m. to 19 p.m. Guillaume the Conqueror engaged his daughter Adèle there in 1081.

Spoken languages

  • English

Visit

  • Average duration of the individual visit: 90 min

Audio guide languages

  • Français

Services

Equipments

  • Bar, cafeteria, tea room
  • Free parking
  • Toilets
  • Restaurant
  • Accommodation on site

Services

  • Pet Friendly
  • Site accessible to strollers

Prices & payment methods

Free for self-guided tours.

Opening

Free visit all year round.
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