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Sites in and near Caen, France.


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Caen War Memorial

Caen War Memorial and D-Day Tours information

Chateau Ducal

Caen city view.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.

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

Men's Abbey

Abbaye CaenThe 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

Image: Chateau Ducal in Caen, France

Getting around Caen

Upon arriving in Caen pick up a "24-hour ticket individual" or a "24-hour ticket family" from a vending machine. The ticket, individual or family, allows unlimited travel for 24 hours on all of Caen's buses and two tram lines. The cost is 2,80 Euro and 3,80 Euro for the family ticket. The family ticket is good for 2-5 passengers traveling together. A great deal and a great way to get around Caen. (Caen Map)


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