Château de Caen and Museums

Caen
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

One of the largest medieval complexes in Europe, William the Conqueror's 11th century castle is an impressive piece of military architecture. Looming above the city on a hillock and surrounded by a dry moat, it is an imposing sight.

Walk around the ramparts, discover the ancient Exchequer building, and find some quiet time in the church of St George. The Château de Caen is now home to the Musée de Normandie which explores the region's history from the Gauls and the Romans to the Vikings and Saxons, with exhibitions about the landscape of Normandy and the everyday lives of the Norman peasants.

You will also find the Museum of Fine Arts of Caen inside a modern building built within the walls of the château and containing a rich collection of portraits and landscapes from the 15th to the 20th century.

Nearby attractions

Set on hilly terrain and built into the remains of a stone quarry, the beautiful Jardin des Plantes still has the evidence of it's past industrial life still visible with the jagged rocks along one side.

William the Conqueror built this abbey, along with his wife Mathilda's stunning Abbaye aux Dames (the 'Ladies' Abbey'), as penance to the Church for their marriage.

The souvenir gardens at the Memorial de Caen began when the Israeli president planted one tree here to symbolise life in 1988.

From pre-1945 to the post-1945 period, this museum tells the story of the 20thC in a spectacular presentation of the events that had such an impact on European history.

Places to visit nearby

Caen, in Normandy, is one of the oldest university towns in France. Bustling with activity, it is a vibrant and attractive city on the River Orne.

Bayeux in Normandy is a beautiful medieval city, brimming with history, and is the home of the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

Falaise in Normandy has rich history as the birthplace of William the Conqueror and the battlefield of the WW2 Falaise Pocket battle, and is surrounded by beautiful, peaceful countryside.