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Caen, France Tourist Information

Below are the main tourist sites in and around Caen, France


Click here for information about the famous Bayeux tapestry and surrounding town.

Caen War Memorial

Caen War Memorial and D-Day Tours information

Chateau Ducal

Built around 1060 by William the Conqueror to house his residential palace, the Chateau Ducal of Caen 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. (image: the view of Caen from Chateau Ducal)

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.

The exterior of Chateau Ducal in the city of Caen in Normandy, France.

Ladies Abbey

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 plaza near the women's abbey in the center of Caen, France.

Men's Abbey

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

An image of city hall in Caen, France from the grand lawn in front of the building.