Famed throughout Europe for its prestigious association with William the Conqueror, the city of Caen is an alluring and ancient metropolis that bursts with architectural splendour and monumental magnificence. Since its catastrophic destruction in 1944, the city has risen and regenerated like a mythical phoenix, restoring all of its structural treasures to their former glory. Beautiful botanical havens can be enjoyed in the city’s charming jardins and all cultural cravings are sure to be satisfied by the city’s incredible collection of historical museums, which boasts collections that date back to the 11th century.
As its residents will proudly and perpetually inform you, the city of Caen was founded by the heroic William the Conqueror in the 11th century. The city’s most alluring attractions are all therefore related to its founding father and include the astounding Abbey aux Hommes, a fantastical structure reminiscent of fairy tales. The Abbey now only contains the thigh bone of William however, as his remains were vandalised by mobs in the 16th century.
Explore the former home of the Conqueror at the opulent Chateau de Caen, an 11th century military masterpiece that boasts the title of one of Europe’s largest medieval complexes. Within the austere walls, the intriguing Musee de Normandy offers further insight into the city’s entrancing early days.
For an emotionally charged and enthralling account of the region’s most infamous battle, visit the ground-breaking war museum of Le Memorial. The museum uses a variety of mediums to portray the horrors of war and the joy of liberation, employing creative methods and intriguing artefacts to create in an interactive and unforgettable experience.
For an authentic taste of some fortifying French fare, slide into the atmospheric and alluring Le Bouchon du Vaugeux for a traditional and tantalising dining experience. An extensive wine list is designed to perfectly complement your high class cuisine, and the ever changing chalk board menu features classic French dishes prepared using the finest French ingredients.( 12 rue Graindorge, Caen)