Memorial de Caen Souvenir Gardens

Caen
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

The souvenir gardens at the Memorial de Caen began when the Israeli president planted one tree here to symbolise life in 1988. Since then, the park has been creating different gardens and commemorative sites in memory of those who fought in the Battle of Normandy. The American Garden has a peaceful fountain at its centre and plaques dedicated to all 50 states, whilst the Canadian Garden was designed by 12 architecture students from Canada. The British Garden was inaugurated in 2004 by Prince Charles and each of the different armed forces are represented  in the various sculptures and memorials in the garden. A peaceful place of reflection and contemplation.

Nearby attractions

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.

A gorgeous landscaped park that stretches across 17 hectares of land near the Caen Memorial, the Parc Floral de la Colline aux Oiseaux offers fantastic panoramic views of the city.

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.

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.