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Château d'Olhain, near Béthune

Towers of a Medieval castle

Olhain Castle
Stone walls guarded by a lake

This castle has been preserved with its original layout unchanged, set in a lake for defence in troubled times. Inside the walls and towers is the house, and the bailey which was used as a farmyard.

Hundred Years' War
Olhain is a miraculous survival from the 13th - 15th centuries. It is a complete and authentic example of a medieval castle built in the lowlands when North France was troubled by the fighting of the
Hundred Years' War. In such lawless times, soldiers were not paid, but lived by looting and stealing food from the people of the countryside. Robber bands and plague added to the problems.

You enter the castle over a drawbridge across the moat. You can tour the castle, including the lofty watch tower (100 steps to the top), the chapel, thye guardroom, and the cellars.

Olhain castle
The inner courtyard of the Château d'Olhain was a farmyard

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Hundred Years' War
Fortified Walled Towns

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Directions: 6km SE from Bruay-la-Buissiere on D301; 1km from Olhain Leisure Park
Rough guide to opening: 15.00-18.30 Sundays + public holidays April - end-October; open Sats in school summer holidays. Group tours can be booked.
Information/ reservations:
Tel/fax: 00 33 (0)3 21 27 94 76

Other places to visit:
Olhain Leisure Park: outdoor leisure & tree-climbing!




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