Jardin des Plantes

Caen
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Great Outdoors

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. The garden has a vast array of plants with a medicinal garden, rockeries, and greenhouses and an orangery containing over 1500 tropical plants in the lower part and a public garden in the upper part with a famous butterfly garden and some very old trees, including one dating back to 1750.

 

Nearby attractions

One of the largest medieval complexes in Europe, William the Conqueror's 11th century castle is a striking work of military architecture. 

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.