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Place St-Pierre Caen
14000

Tel:+33 (0)2 31 27 14 14
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Caen is the capital and largest city of Basse Normandie.  It was favoured by William the Conqueror and his wife Matilda who built two fantastic abbeys and a castle in the mid 11th century on the bank of the river Orne. 

Unfortunately Caen's historic centre is small due to extensive World War II bombing.  However, it is still worth investigating for its half-timbered buildings especially along rue Vaugeux.  The main shopping district lies in the modern part of the city with numerous cafes and a market that takes place on Fridays.  The pleasure port is where most of the action takes place in the summer.

What to See - Caen Attractions

Bayeux War Cemetery
blvd Fabien Ware, Bayeux 14400
the largest of the 18 or so war cemetries in Normandy
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)2 21 21 77 00

Musee Memorial 1944 Bataille de Normandie
90 blvd Fabien Ware, Bayeux 14400
Bayeux's comprehensive war museum with lifelike scenes from the D-Day landings
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 51 46 90

Cathedrale Notre Dame
Place de la Liberte, Bayeux 14400
Bayeux's prestigious cathedral known for its Norman Gothic architecture
| Opening Times: Daily

Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
rue de Nesmond, Bayeux 14400
visit this medieval masterpiece which is over 70m long and recounts the Norman invasion of the British Isles
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Nov | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 51 25 50

Jardin des Simples
Esplanade du Château, Caen 14000
a garden of medicinal herbs (some of which were planted in the Middle Ages and are poisonous)
| Opening Times: Wed-Mon

American Military Cemetery
Colleville-sur-Mer, 17km NW of Bayeux 14400
containing the graves of some 9400 American soldiers
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Oct | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 51 62 00

Musee de Normandie
Espanade du Château, Caen 14000
artefacts and displays of Normandy customs and traditions
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 30 47 70

Omaha & Juno Beaches
Cote de Nacre, 15km NW of Bayeux 14400
now popular with swimmers and bathers Omaha beach is where some of the most brutal took place during the Allied landings

Musee des Beaux Arts
Esplanade du Château, Caen 14000
17th century French and Italian painting in the ruin's of Caen's castle
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 30 47 70

Musee du Debarquement
Place du 6 Juin, Arromanches 14400
details the importance of Port Winston in the logistics of the D-Day landings
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mar-Sep | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 22 34 31

Memorial de Caen
Esplanade Dwight-Eisenhower, Caen 14000
an interactive multimedia museum dedicated to peace and the portrayal of D-Day events
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mid Jan-Dec: daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 06 06 44

Centre Guillaume-le-Conquerant
Rue de Nesmond, Bayeux 14400
all you need to know about the Norman Conquest
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 51 25 50

La Trinite
Place de la Reine Mathilde, Caen 14000
Queen Mathilda's Abbey for women is a fantastic feat or architecture possibly overshadowing her husband's abbey
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 06 98 98

Eglise St-Etienne
Esplanade Jean-Marie Louvel, Caen 14000
William the Conqueror's Romanesque abbey built for men only!
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 30 42 81

Conservatoire de la Dentelle
6 rue du Bienvenu, Bayeux 14400
pays hommage to Normandy's longstanding lace-making tradition
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mon-Sat | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 92 73 80