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The burial place of William the Conqueror is a quaint Norman village home to one of Western Europe’s largest medieval fortresses.

Caen is famous for its historical buildings, many of which were built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who is also buried in town. Much of the city was destroyed during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, but you can still discover some fascinating buildings, wander its scenic canal and take a moment for quiet contemplation at its stirring peace memorial.

Don’t miss the massive Château de Caen (Caen Castle), which was built around 1060 by William the Conqueror. With its sturdy walls, large moat, medieval drawbridge and barbicans, it looks much the same today as it would have many centuries ago. Climb to the top of the northern rampart for a view of the entire castle. 

Be sure to seek out the Abbaye aux Hommes (Men’s Abbey). Commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1066, the abbey is also his final resting place. Admire historic Norman houses such as the 14th-century Maison des Quatrans, the oldest timber-framed house in Caen. The timber-frame building technique was used up until 1524 when the Norman Parliament banned such buildings due to hygiene and the high fire risk.

Wander the town today and you’ll still be able to see evidence of the damage Caen suffered during World War II. Look for the bombed-out ruins of Eglise Saint-Etienne, an 11th-century church. Elsewhere in town, the Mémorial pour la Paix (Memorial for Peace) acts as another reminder of World War II, depicting the events leading up to and after D-Day. 

Caen also has a clutch of natural attractions. Walk along the picturesque canal passing the pleasure boats at Saint-Pierre dock and relax among exotic plants, medicinal herbs and rockeries in the Jardin Botanique de Caen (Caen Botanic Garden). The landscaped gardens of Bird Hill Floral Park are at their best from May to September, when the rose garden is in bloom. 

Caen Carpiquet Airport is a 15-minute drive from the center of town. You can also arrive by ferry into the port Ouistreham, a 20-minute drive from Caen. Train services connect the town to Paris.

Accommodation in Caen

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For those keen on finding a place at the more exclusive end of the range, check out the rates and amenities at the Ivan Vautier, located at 3, Avenue Henry Chéron, or the Best Western Plus Hotel Moderne, at 116 Boulevard Marechal Leclerc. If you are interested in the cheaper options, the Novotel Caen Cote De Nacre, at 155 rue de la Délivrande, and the Aparthotel Adagio Caen Centre, at 1 Quai Eugene Meslin, are worth considering too.


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