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The 7 Most Fantastic Sightseeing Spots in Caen

Want to get a real sense of Normandy? Visit Caen. Whether you're here for the war history or on a quick trip to France, this is a great base to see it all. Here are the best places to see and things to do...

Abbey of Saint-Etienne

Also known as the Abbaye Aux Hommes (Abbey for Men) this former monastery was founded by William the Conqueror in 1063. Tours take place at 10:30AM and 4:30PM on weekdays.

Memorial de Caen

Block out at least half a day of your Normandy visit to take in Caen's vast World War II museum. This truly modern attraction is updated regularly, so repeat trips will still provide something new to see.

Abbey of Sainte-Trinite

This is the sister to Abbeye St Etienne (Aux Dames) and was founded by William's wife as part of their penance for marrying as cousins (yes, really). Visit early for tranquility.

Chateau de Caen

William the Conqueror strikes again with his castle, where he would entertain visiting Dukes and Kings. A popular Caen attraction, you can tour the rooms, palaces, and dungeons.

Musee des Beaux-Arts de Caen

Nestled in the heart of the castle is the museum of fine art, where you can view masterpieces from Monet, Coret, Rubens, and Corbet. Make sure to swing by the sculpture park.

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Church of Saint-Pierre

This church offers wonderful medieval architecture, but the highlight is the beautiful stained glass windows. Also, the bomb damage, retained and on display, is interesting.

Parc Festyland

For a change of scenery and entertainment for kids and teens, visit this theme park. Entry is reasonable, at €19 for adults and €16 for children, and there's enough to fill a day.

Planning Your Caen Visit

What's the weather like?

Situated in northern France, you can't rely on Caen weather to stay warm or dry. Conditions are best in summer, so visit between June and August if you are looking to spend time at the beach. Throughout the spring and fall, the temperature in Caen is good for sightseeing in comfort, as log as you bring an umbrella just in case!

When should I visit?

In mid-March, the Festival Aspect des Musiques d’Aujourd’hui takes place, bringing music and performances throughout the city. There are some great deals if you visit Caen in late September, as many attractions are free on the third weekend of the month, for the Journees du Patrimone.

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    Although Caen is packed with historical sights, the crowds never get too unbearable. Visit in summer to enjoy warmer days while still enjoying all sights at your own pace without worry of too many other tourists.

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What People Are Saying About Caen

1st visit to the Normandy beaches of WW 2.

Our guide Laura was extremely knowledgeable, passionate and organised in her delivery of the information during the tour. It was very relative to each location and she gave plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions. The driver was also respectful and curteous, with an excellent drive to all the sites. A good experience that left us feeling pensive and humbled. Thank you.

Fantastic tour with very knowledgeable guide

I am sorry that I have forgotten my guides name but she was excellent. She was extremely knowledgeable and compassionate and helped me retrace the movements of my fathers regiment, the Canadian Scottish C Company. She did the tour in both languages and provided very touching insights. The museums were very well laid out. My lunch choice wasn't the best but the rest of the day was everything I had hoped for

Great tour and our guide Lena helped make our tour spectacular.

Lena was extremely pleasant, was able to answer all of our questions and took the time to ensure that everyone in the group had a good experience.

Fantastic guide showed us around Normandy in a well paced tour!

This was a great day trip from Paris, an easy train with no changes taking us to a clear meeting point. The Caen war museum was thoughtfully laid out and contained so many aspects with so much information - our guide was great at showing us round in a well informed, well paced tour of first the museum, then later the American and British landing points. Plenty of time to set your own pace when given your own time to explore each site after some initial information. Tour was a great size so easy to meet others and interact with guide. Excellent lunch and great driving. I fully recommend this tour!

Well supported, timed and a fantastic perspective on the Landngs.

Great wart at Caen Memorial, right amount of time and pace, and excellent informed visit to the beaches. Guides were superb.

Based on 35 reviews by GetYourGuide customers