Best Things To Do in Caen, France

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There are many sightseeing options in the city which you can visit. The beautiful sights and historical buildings of this city are very popular among the people in all over the world.

  • St. Pierre Church: St. Pierre church is one of the oldest churches in French city. This church was built early in 13th century and its structure attracts many people. Many tourists come to see this church from many countries
  • D Day memorial: There would be no use of your trip to this city if you do not visit this place. This place includes museum and memorial for Juno Beach centre. This memorial is one of the most popular memorials in this country.
  • Abbaye aux Hommes: It is the top most visited location of the Caen having an attractive architecture of the building. It was the perfect place for the Matilda and William. This building is one of the attractions which are popular among the people in all over the world.
  • Abbaye aux Dames: It is one of the most visited places in this Caen. This building was built in late 11th century on the orders of conqueror “William” and his wife. It is the landmark of this city and was renovated in 1990.
  • Musee de Normandy: This museum covers the traditions and history of Normandy. It can be the best place for the people or tourists who want to know about the history or facts of the city. The main interesting things include costumes, crafts, tools and marriage chests of wood. 


  • O’Donnell Pub: Extremely connected to trendy and hip hop music is an Irish style pub can be a best spot for the people who want to enjoy their night life with good moods. You can enjoy the rock n roll shows and live music on DJ.
  • Shopping centres: This city has number of big shopping  malls and major shopping centres where you can get boutiques, clothes, jeans, ballets, gifts, vegetables, fruits, dairy products, regional items and many others products.

Below we have a list of things to do in Caen and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Caen getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Caen with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Caen

Here is the list of things to do in Caen and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Memorial Of Caen

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    Memorial Of Caen

    War Memorial

    The Memorial de Caen is a museum and a war memorial. It had been established to commemorate the Second World War and Battle of Caen. The buildings are situated in the northern suburbs of the city. The memorial is dedicated to the violent history of the World War II. Its inauguration was done on 6th June 1988 by the French President Francois Miterrand. The original building focuses mainly on Wor...Read more
  2. La Colline Aux Oiseaux

    4.5 (670 Votes)
    La Colline Aux Oiseaux


    La Colline aux Oiseaux is a 17 hectare park with a rose garden of over 15,000 roses divided among 570 species. Some of these have been there from the middle ages. Yew and boxwood maze, French towns garden and twin towns’ garden are some of the features of the place. Perennial plant garden, the wildlife parc, Normandy in miniature are all the other things tourists get to see here. In addit...Read more
  3. Abbaye Aux Hommes

    4.5 (324 Votes)
    Abbaye Aux Hommes

    Church, Religious Site

    Abbaye aux Hommes (Men's Abbey) is a Benedictine monastery in the city. It had been founded by William the Conqueror in 1063 and is one of the most renowned Romanesque buildings. The abbey had been built in Caen stone and that was constructed from 1066 onwards and took decades to form. There was a competition between Saint-Étienne and its sister building Sainte-Trinité. An importa...Read more
  4. Normandy Museum


    Bayeux was the first French town which had been set free from German occupation, on 7th June 1944. The Normandy Museum gives a vivid description about the military and human story of the Battle of Normandy. This lasted from 7th June to 29th August 1944. There are recent installations of scenography which gives insights to historical facts, along with themes features to make it look more real. T...Read more
  5. Chateau Ducal

    4.2 (431 Votes)
    Chateau Ducal

    Castle, Historical Site

    Chateau Ducal is a castle in Caen and has been classed as a Monument historique since 1886. It was built in 1060 by William the Conqueror, who had conquered England in 1066. Later, his son had built Saint Georges church, a keep and a huge hall for the Duke Court. The castle was built on the hillock and is now amidst the city. It covers an area of 5.5 hectares and is one of the biggest in Wester...Read more
  6. Musee Des Beaux-arts De Caen

    Art Museum, Museum

    Musee des Beaux-Arts de Caen is an art museum founded in 19th century and then reconstructed on 1971. The museum is over a space of 64,583 square feet dedicated to the public collections. It has many works of Italian and Flemish and also depicts French Renaissance through contemporary art. There is a room of 400m2 for prints from the Mancel collection. There is a conference room with 230 seats ...Read more
  7. Eglise Saint-pierre

    4.4 (445 Votes)
    Eglise Saint-pierre

    Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    The Church of Saint Pierre is a Roman Catholic Church dedicated to Saint Peter. The present building was constructed between 13th to 16th centuries and then the spire was ruined in 1944. It had been restored later. Hector Sohier has built the eastern apse between 1518 and 1545. Displays of the interior choir and the exterior apse depict the transformation from Gothic to Renaissance period. The ...Read more
  8. La Maison Des Quatrans

    4.4 (498 Votes)
    La Maison Des Quatrans

    Outdoors, Architecture , Heritage Building

    La Maison des Quatrans is another of the many wooden houses from the 15th century. These were the most notable of all times. The body of house has stones and are mounted in front of timbered corbelled. This manufacturing technique had been applied until 1524, when a decree of the Parliament of Normandy banned corbelled constructions for taking hygiene and safety measures. There are beams decora...Read more
  9. Laser Game Evolution Rives De L'orne

    Outdoors, Entertainment

    As one of the leading laser game zones in France, this attraction uses 100% laser technology. The different sort of games is definitely an unforgettable experience. The access to the place is pretty smooth, with ample space for parking. Special fares, youth services, MJC, associations, sports clubs, ideal birthdays, bachelorette singles and free birthday week can all be specially booked for. Th...Read more
  10. Karting De Caen Demouville

    4.3 (132 Votes)
    Karting De Caen Demouville

    Outdoors, Go Carting, Adventure Sport

    Karting de Caen Demouville provides karting on 3 tracks which are available, ranging from 550m to 1100m. These adventurous sessions are pretty challenging for friends, groups and families. There is a clubhouse on the rooftop provided for drivers and visitors both alike.
  11. Mondeville 2

    4 (142 Votes)
    Mondeville 2

    Mall, Shopping Center

    Located on the outskirts of the city, this is a huge shopping complex and entertainment centre spanning over 32 hectares of land. The major part of the shopping mall is covered by Carrefour hypermarket. There is also a huge shopping gallery spread over 21000 Square metres with over 100 shops. There is also a cinema complex with a seating capacity of 2500. Restaurants and coffee shops add to the...Read more
  12. Parc Festyland

    4.3 (61 Votes)
    Parc Festyland

    Park, Theme Park, Entertainment, Fair

    An amusement park with a unique historical theme, Parc Festyland entertains visitors of all age groups with its fun rides and spectacular range of activities. Divided into various areas depicting different time periods of Normandy history, the special focus of the park lies on William the conqueror of 11th century. Different attractions include: Rollercoaster, circus, waterslides, bumper boats,...Read more
  13. Jardin Botanique De Caen

    Garden, Botanical Garden

    Also known as as Le jardin des plantes et le jardin botanique de Caen, the garden dates back to 17th century and the earliest of its plants were collected in 1689. Set up on the site of an old stone quarry as a botanical garden of the university, post French revolution, it was expanded by 3.5 hectares to become a municipal park. Couple of green-houses were installed which were destroyed in Worl...Read more
  14. Maisons A Pans De Bois

    Mall, Market, Shopping Center, Architecture

    La Maison de Pan de Bois had been built towards the end of the 15th century. It was once one of the important shops in the ancient village of Carennac. This is beautifully understandable due to the large arched window on the ground floor. Presently, it has been restored as a three storied townhouse. It has exposed stone walls, high ceilings and wooden beams and many more things which take the t...Read more
  15. Abbaye Aux Dames

    Historical Site, Monastery

       It is one of the most visited places in this Caen. This building was built in late 11th century on the orders of conqueror “William” and his wife. It is the landmark of this city and was renovated in 1990. 

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