Caen

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Caen featuring heritage architecture, flowers and château or palace
The Normandy city of William the Conqueror, nestled between land and sea, Caen has 1000 years of history, making it a must-visit destination for holidaymakers.

Conveniently located two hours from Paris and 10 minutes from the sea, Caen has successfully combined its historic past with its dynamic modern infrastructure. Set off to explore the old neighbourhoods of the old town, hit the shops in the more modern streets or relax in one of the city's many parks, such as the Jardin des plantes.

By turns English and French, the city has also been through the dark days of the Second World War after two months of fighting. The city was then rebuilt around its centre. Caen Memorial Museum, which is dedicated to peace, recounts the history of the landings of 6 June 1944 and commemorates the Battle of Normandy.

With an immense architectural heritage, your visit to the city will lead you from one discovery to the next: the Abbaye aux Hommes, a blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles, houses the tomb of William the Conqueror and serves as the town hall. Then head for the Abbaye aux Dames (place Reine Mathilde): built by Matilda of Flanders, it'll surprise you with its splendour. The château, also built by William the Conqueror, was renovated after the Second World War and is now home to the Normandy Museum and the Musée des Beaux-Arts.

Be sure to stroll around the Vaugueux district, where Édith Piaf's family lived. It's full of many restaurants where you can sample traditional Normandy dishes.

Not far from the city you can enjoy a day at the seaside or even spend a contemplative moment on the beaches of the Normandy landings.

Caen is a lively city that will win you over with its wealth of buildings, its history, its culture and its food. A must-visit destination!

Where to stay in Caen

Brit Hotel Caen Nord - Mémorial
Brit Hotel Caen Nord - Mémorial
3 out of 5
36 Ave Montgomery, Quartier Du Memorial, Caen, Calvados, 14000
The price is £60 per night from 2 Sep to 3 Sep
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Caen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (272 reviews)
"Excellent service, clean, everything you need…except no milk for tea."

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2022

Brit Hotel Caen Nord - Mémorial
Ibis Styles Caen Centre Gare
Ibis Styles Caen Centre Gare
3 out of 5
Quai Amiral Hamelin, Caen, Calvados, 14000
The price is £95 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Caen. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the breakfast and the convenient ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (435 reviews)
Great value and location
"Good location with a secure place to store our touring bicycles. Breakfast had a good selection of fresh sweets, breads, fruits, meats and cheeses. Hotel was clean and the area quiet. Plenty of restaurants within walking distance and a small grocery store too. Only complaint was our bed was a bit ..."

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2022

Ibis Styles Caen Centre Gare
Novotel Caen Cote De Nacre
Novotel Caen Cote De Nacre
4 out of 5
155 rue de la Délivrande, Caen, Calvados, 14000
Fully refundable
The price is £113 per night from 11 Sep to 12 Sep
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Caen. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (271 reviews)
Best hotel I have been in..
"I don’t normally write reviews however this hotel was the nicest hotel I have stayed in. The walls looked freshly painted in the room and it was very clean everywhere else. The breakfast had a great variety and was loved by the whole family. The pool was so clean. The guy was out cleaning it every ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2022

Novotel Caen Cote De Nacre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Séjours et Affaires Caen Le Clos Beaumois
Séjours et Affaires Caen Le Clos Beaumois
2 out of 5
24 rue du Clos Beaumois, Caen, Calvados, 14000
The price is £44 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this business-friendly residence in Caen. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy beds ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (613 reviews)
Caen Appart Hotel
"Nice comfy place absolutely no probs a 20 minute easy stroll to the chateau"

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2022

Séjours et Affaires Caen Le Clos Beaumois
City'O Appart Hotel
City'O Appart Hotel
4 out of 5
1 Quai Eugène Meslin, Caen, Calvados, 14000
The price is £67 per night from 28 Aug to 29 Aug
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Caen. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Popular attractions Prairie Racecourse and Church of St. Pierre are located ...
4/5 Very Good! (50 reviews)
"Very clean, in nice section of town along river walk and only 1/2 mile from train station."

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2021

City'O Appart Hotel
Appart'City Caen
Appart'City Caen
3 out of 5
1 Ter Rue Claude Bloch, Caen, Calvados, 14000
The price is £52 per night from 2 Sep to 3 Sep
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Caen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the family amenities and the property ...
3.7/5 Good! (776 reviews)
"Room was spacious, apartment with partial kitchen, and available parking, which is suited for a longer stay."

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2021

Appart'City Caen
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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