Some of the main points of interest in Caen, France
Caen is the capital of the Normandy region of France. It was the home of William the Conquer in France. Today the city serves as an important hub of commerce, history and Norman culture.
Below are just a few of the highlights of the area in and around the city.
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Caen War Memorial
Visit our Caen War Memorial and D-Day Tours webpage for complete information and tour booking.
Built around 1060 by William the Conqueror to house his residential palace, the Chateau Ducal is one of the largest fortified enclosures left standing in Europe. Housed within the chateau is The Normandy Museum with exhibits year round chronicling the rich history of the Normandy region.
Information: free admission all year round. Guided tours in the summer 4€. Buses: 1,2,3,4,5,8,9,11 and Trams A & B.
Founded by Matilda around 1060, the church of the Trinity is a masterpiece of Norman Romanesque architecture. The site also is home to the Michael d’Ornano Park. The park is an exquisite example of an 18th century French style garden complete with a maze on a tumulus.
Information: guided tours everyday at 2:30 and 4:30. Visitors are welcome from 2:00 – 5:30 daily. City Buses: 4
The monastery buildings of the Men’s Abbey are now home to Caen Town Hall . Built in 1066 during the reign of William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, they were restored in the 18’h century. Admire the superb pale oak-paneled rooms, decorated with 17’h, 18’h and 19th century paintings.
The abbey church of Saint-Etienne , a gem of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, contains the tomb of William the Conqueror. It is open to visitors from 8.15am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 7.30pm on Sundays and public holidays (except during church services).
Information: guided tours available. Visits last approximately 1-1/2 hours. City Buses: 1,2,3,4,5,8,11,18
Visit the Caen Tourist Office website for more information.