These two places of worship are both unmissable. The first building was erected around 1060 by the Duchess Mathilde, wife of William and is now the home of the Basse-Normandy regional council.
The Abbaye aux Hommes, founded by William in 1060, includes the Saint-Etienne church and the convent buildings, now the town hall of Caen.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Caen presents an important collection of paintings from various artistic trends. Located within the Château de Caen, the Museum of Fine Arts in Caen boasts works from the Italian Renaissance (including several by Veronese), 17th and 18th century Flemish and French paintings (including the beautiful Pastorale ou jeune berger dans un paysage, by François Boucher).
The Caen Memorial is a large and modern museum dedicated to 20th century history. Building on a potent, original and emotionally-charged layout, the museum's permanent display offers a mind-boggling journey into the past but also a reflection on what might lie ahead. Over 380,000 visitors come to the Caen Memorial Museum every year, half of whom are under 20 and one in two are visiting with their families.
The Memorial de Caen was inaugurated by François Mitterrand in 1988 as a museum and memorial. It has been widely recognised for its innovative and creative educational approach. A place to visit with the family, to reflect on the past and celebrate peace.
Opened in 1994 for the 50th anniversary of D-Day, the Colline aux Oiseaux is a vast expanse of greenery and flowers covering more than 17 hectares.
The various gardens offer plenty of walks: the large rose garden, the French town garden, the twin city garden or the maze.
Normandy is shown in 1/1000th scale, and the region's specialities and particularities are also on display. This is the ideal place to relax and to discover a wide variety of plants.
Festyland is an amusement park with a historical theme near Caen. The attractions include a rollercoaster, circus, waterslides, bumper boats, mediaeval castle and two cinemas. The park is divided into different areas to represent different periods of time. This being Normandy, there’s a special focus on William the Conqueror and 1066. Throughout the summer, there are also live performances bringing knights, Vikings, pirates and dinosaurs to life.
It’s a fantastic day trip for all the family.