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16 Things to Do in Caen

Up-to-Date 2024  –  By Culture Francia Team

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What to See & Do

Caen Overall Appeal ★★★☆☆

  Name Appeal Type Visit Cost
01 Caen Memorial ★★★★☆

Museum - WWII, Cold War

Self Paid
02 Men's Abbey ★★★★☆ Abbey Either Paid
03 Women's Abbey ★★★☆☆ Abbey Self Free
04 St. Pierre Church ★★★☆☆ Church Self Free
05

City Center

★★☆☆☆ Waking Around Self Free
06 Colline aux Oiseaux ★★☆☆☆ Park Self Free
07 Caen Castle ★★☆☆☆ Castle Enclosure Self Free
10 St. Pierre's Gate ★★☆☆☆ Panorama Self Free
08 Fine Arts Museum ★★☆☆☆ Museum - Art Self Paid
09 Normandy Museum ★☆☆☆☆ Museum - History Self Paid
11 St. Jean Church ★☆☆☆☆ Church Self Free
12 Caen Markets ★☆☆☆☆ Food Market Self Free
13 Marina ★☆☆☆☆ Walking Around Self Free
14 Self-drive River Boat ★☆☆☆☆ Motorboating Self Paid
15 Botanical Garden ★☆☆☆☆ Garden Self Free
16 Caen Tourist Train ★☆☆☆☆ City Train Tour Tour Paid

01. Caen Memorial

An exhibition room in the War Museum at Caen Memorial featuring historical photographs, posters, and artifacts related to wartime efforts. The detailed displays offer a glimpse into the past.

Appeal ★★★★☆
Type WWII & Cold War Museum

Visit Self
Cost Paid

A highly acclaimed museum focusing on World War II and the Cold War. It offers extensive exhibits, multimedia displays, and emotional narratives. 

It has also 2 small memorial gardens outside.

02. Men's Abbey

The majestic Men's Abbey with its towering spires and historic architecture. The well-kept grounds and clear sky emphasize the grandeur of the abbey.

Appeal ★★★★☆
Type Abbey

Visit Self or Guided
Cost Paid

An impressive historical abbey founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Notable for its Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

There are guided visits in English during the summer.

03. Women's Abbey

The interior of the Women's Abbey in Caen, showing its grand altar and gothic architecture with high arches and stained glass windows. The arrangement of chairs and flowers adds to the solemnity of the space.

Appeal ★★★☆☆
Type Abbey

Visit Self
Cost Free

The Women’s Abbey is a historic Benedictine convent founded in the 11th century by Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror.

04. St. Pierre Church

The exterior of Saint Pierre Church in Caen, highlighting its detailed gothic facade and towering spire. The clear sky and surrounding buildings add to the church's grandeur.

Appeal ★★★☆☆
Type Church

Visit Self
Cost Free

St. Pierre Church is a Gothic church in the heart of Caen,built from the 13th to the 16th century, it reflects the transition between Rayonnant and Flamboyant Gothic styles, followed by Renaissance.

05. City Center

A charming town center in Caen with historic buildings, outdoor cafes, and leafy trees. The clear sky and people walking around create a welcoming atmosphere.

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type Walking Around

Visit Self
Cost Free

The town center of Caen is a mix of historic buildings and modern amenities.

It has been the heart of Caen since its founding in the 11th century. It suffered extensive damage during World War II bombings but was rebuilt in the post-war era.

Neighborhood
– Vaugueux

Square
– Place St. Pierre

Streets
– St. Pierre
– Froide
– St. Sauveur
– Fromages
– Ecuyères

📍 Google Maps List

06. Colline aux Oiseaux

A beautifully landscaped park with blooming flower beds and a central fountain. Pathways wind through the greenery, inviting visitors to explore the serene environment.

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type Park

Visit Self
Cost Free

Colline aux Oiseaux is an expansive park that includes a beautiful garden and a small farm.

07. Caen Castle

Aerial view of the historic Caen Castle, showcasing its fortified walls and well-maintained grounds. The surrounding cityscape highlights the castle's prominence in the area.

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type Castle Enclosure

Visit Self
Cost Free

Caen Castle is a historic site founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century.

It retains its fortifications. It houses small museums and offers open spaces for exploration.

08. St. Pierre's Gate

A view overlooking Saint Pierre Church and the surrounding cityscape. The green lawns and historic architecture provide a picturesque scene.

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type Panorama

Visit Self
Cost Free

St. Pierre’s Gate is part of Caen Castle’s enclosure.

It offers a panorama of the castle’s surroundings and St. Pierre Church across the street.

09. Fine Arts Museum

An interior view of a gallery in the Fine Arts Museum, displaying large framed paintings on the walls. Comfortable seating areas are placed in the center for visitors to admire the artwork.

Appeal ★★☆☆☆
Type Art Museum

Visit Self
Cost Paid

The Fine Arts Museum in Caen features a rich collection of European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts.

It’s located within Caen Castle’s enclosure.

10. Normandy Museum

An exhibition room in the Normandy Museum featuring historical clothing and artifacts. Display cases and informative plaques provide context for the exhibits.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type History Museum

Visit Self
Cost Paid

The Normandy Museum provides historical exhibits focused on the regional history of Normandy, from prehistoric times to the modern era.

It’s located within Caen Castle’s enclosure.

11. St. Jean Church

The interior of Saint Jean Church in Caen, showcasing its gothic architecture with tall arches and intricate stained glass windows. Rows of wooden chairs are arranged facing the altar.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Church

Visit Self
Cost Free

St. Jean Church, with its Gothic architecture, is a historic site that is less frequented by tourists. It usually offers a quiet visit compared to the more popular St. Pierre Church.

12. Caen Markets

A bustling outdoor food market with stalls selling fresh produce, cheese, and other goods. Shoppers browse the vibrant market, enjoying the lively atmosphere.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Food Market

Visit Self
Cost Free

Caen has three main outdoor food markets that take place in three different locations each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.

13. Marina

Boats docked at the marina in Caen, with apartment buildings and trees in the background. The clear sky and calm water reflect the peaceful ambiance of the marina.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Walking Around

Visit Self
Cost Free

The English Channel connects to the city of Caen via a canal. Near the city center, there is a basin where pleasure boats are moored.

14. Self-drive River Boat

A family enjoying a ride in a self-drive river boat on a calm, tree-lined river in Caen. Everyone is wearing life jackets, and the children are happily engaged in conversation.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Motorboating,

Visit Self
Cost Paid

Explore Caen’s waterways at your own pace with an electric boat or pedal boat.

15. Botanical Garden

A lush botanical garden with a variety of plants and trees, featuring a greenhouse in the background. The neatly arranged plant beds and clear sky create a serene atmosphere.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type Garden

Visit Self
Cost Free

The Botanical Garden in Caen showcases a variety of local flora, tropical greenhouses and a medicinal section, 

16. Caen Tourist Train

A white and red tourist train with passengers seated in open carriages, traveling through a street in Caen. The surrounding shops and trees indicate a lively urban setting.

Appeal ★☆☆☆☆
Type City Train Tour

Visit Tour
Cost Paid

The Caen Tourist Train offers a convenient and audioguided tour of the city’s main attractions and historical sites.

Tour

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