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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

Caen featuring heritage architecture and a castle

Caen City Centre

4/5Very Good!(26 area reviews)

Monuments, beaches and museums are just a few things travellers enjoy about Caen City Centre. Check out Caen Castle or Congress Centre while you're exploring the area.

Caen City Centre
Caen featuring heritage architecture and a castle

Centre Ancien

Unique features of Centre Ancien include the beaches and historical sites. Make a stop by Caen Castle or Congress Centre while you're exploring the area.

Centre Ancien
Saint-Jean, Caen, Calvados, France

Saint-Jean

Saint-Jean is well liked for its monuments. If you'd like to do some sightseeing in the greater Caen area, you might plan a trip to Caen Castle or Zenith de Caen.

Saint-Jean
Saint-Jean Eudes Saint-Gilles, Caen, Calvados, France

Saint-Jean Eudes Saint-Gilles

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

Travellers enjoy Saint-Jean Eudes Saint-Gilles for its bars and waterfront. Consider checking out Abbey of Sainte-Trinité while you're in the area.

Saint-Jean Eudes Saint-Gilles
Bas Venoix-La Prairie, Caen, Calvados, France

Bas Venoix-La Prairie

Bas Venoix-La Prairie is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Zenith de Caen and Prairie Racecourse.

Bas Venoix-La Prairie
Caen featuring heritage architecture and a castle

Quartier du château

Unique features of Quartier du château include the historical sites and restaurants. Make a stop by Caen Castle or Church of St. Pierre while you're exploring the area.

Quartier du château

Top hotels in Caen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Appart'City Caen
Appart'City Caen
3 out of 5
The price is £46 per night

Located in La Pierre-Heuzé, this residence is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Caen University Hospital and within 3 miles (5 km) of Caen Castle and Caen Memorial. Faculty ...

3.7/5Good! (652 reviews)
not recommended

"Dirty sheets, stained carpet and drapes, bed really noisy whenever you moved."…"

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2019

Appart'City Caen
Aparthotel Adagio Caen Centre
Aparthotel Adagio Caen Centre
4 out of 5
The price is £70 per night

Located in Caen City Centre, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Prairie Racecourse and Caen Castle. Zenith de Caen and Caen Memorial are also within 3 miles ...

4.3/5Excellent! (642 reviews)

"Easy, convenient, great staff and good parking. Cleanliness left a lot to be desired"…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Caen Centre
Best Western Royal Hotel Caen
Best Western Royal Hotel Caen
4 out of 5
The price is £72 per night

Located in Caen City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Church of St. Pierre and Caen Castle. Zenith de Caen and Caen Memorial are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (326 reviews)
Very nice hotel. Centrally located

"centrally located in the Caen city square. Close to restaurants, shops and bars. Close to the Caen Memorial and the Castle. A great hotel for what we wanted to do. The bed is a tad stiff. But most hotel beds in Europe are."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2020

Best Western Royal Hotel Caen

Popular places to visit in Caen

Caen Castle
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Caen Castle

Learn about the history of Caen Castle, one of the top monuments in Caen. Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or seek out the local tours.

Abbey of Saint-Etienne
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Abbey of Saint-Etienne

Learn about the local history of Caen when you take a trip to Abbey of Saint-Etienne. Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or seek out the local tours.

Church of St. Pierre
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Church of St. Pierre

You can find out about the history of Caen when you stop by Church of St. Pierre. Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or seek out the local tours.

Top things to do in Caen

Full-Day D-Day Beaches & Normandy Tour by Train with Lunch
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Full-Day D-Day Beaches & Normandy Tour by Train with Lunch

£271
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Our duty of Memory - Allieds landings in Normandy
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Our duty of Memory - Allieds landings in Normandy

£290
Per adult
GUIDED TOUR OF THE NORMANDY D-DAY LANDING BEACHES FROM PARIS
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GUIDED TOUR OF THE NORMANDY D-DAY LANDING BEACHES FROM PARIS

£254
Per adult
Normandy D-Day Tour From Paris
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Normandy D-Day Tour From Paris

£239
Per adult
D-DAY TOUR : Juno, Gold, Omaha (FULL DAY)
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D-DAY TOUR : Juno, Gold, Omaha (FULL DAY)

£553
Per adult
Memorial de Caen Museum Admission Ticket with Optional Audio Guide
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Memorial de Caen Museum Admission Ticket with Optional Audio Guide

£14
Per adult

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