Things to do in Caen

New to Caen? Here are the best things to do while you're there.

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Start with the Top Sights in Caen

If you're in Caen to see the sights, you can't miss any of these.

Mémorial de Caen

⭐️ 4.5 (15908)

Caen Castle

⭐️ 4.3 (10240)

Colline aux Oiseaux

⭐️ 4.5 (5135)


⭐️ 4.5 (3502)

Caen Botanical Garden

⭐️ 4.5 (2254)

The Abbey of Sainte-Trinité

⭐️ 4.5 (1655)

Museum of Fine Arts, Caen

⭐️ 4.4 (667)

Musée de Normandie

⭐️ 4.3 (410)

Maison des Quatrans

⭐️ 4.5 (30)

Checkout these incredible local experiences in Caen

These are curated, high quality experiences in Caen hosted by locals!

Horseback riding between land and sea

Photography Experience in Beautiful Caen

Private Dday and Normandy tours

E-bike ride in Sallenelles Bay

Visit of Honfleur with a Normand guide

Record your song in the studio

End your night in some of the best bars in Caen

Discover the most vibrant nightlife scenes in Caen, curated exclusively for you.

Le Trappist

⭐️ 4.5 (970)

Price Range: $$

Delirium Café

⭐️ 4.4 (831)

Price Range: $$


⭐️ 4.5 (750)

Price Range: $$

Moon & Sons

⭐️ 4.7 (705)

Les Déserteurs

⭐️ 4.6 (459)

Price Range: $$

The Brew Bar

⭐️ 4.4 (410)

Price Range: $$

WarpZone Caen

⭐️ 4.7 (384)

Price Range: $$

Au Fût et à Mesure

⭐️ 4.4 (323)

Price Range: $$

Jolly Roger

⭐️ 4.4 (249)

La pagaille

⭐️ 4 (236)


⭐️ 4.7 (226)

Pick from the best places to stay in Caen

If you're looking for some of the best hotels in Caen you've come to the right place.

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Check out these bookable attractions in Caen

These are some of the best tours, museums, and activities in Caen.

Airborne Museum Admission

Calvados Tasting Experience

Admission to Mémorial de Caen

Admission to Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema

Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema Admission

Guided Half-day Tour to U.S. D-day Sites

Half-day Omaha Beach Tour from Bayeux

Normandy Beaches Half-day Tour from Bayeux

Normandy Beaches and Battlefields Guided Tour

Full-day American Battlefields of Normandy Tour

Looking for unforgettable fine-dining experiences in Caen?

Hungry? We've got the best rated, the best of the best.

Villa Eugène

⭐️ 4.4 (945)

Price Range: $$$

Stéphane Carbone Restaurant

⭐️ 4.8 (560)

Price Range: $$$

A Contre Sens

⭐️ 4.8 (508)

Price Range: $$$


⭐️ 4.6 (369)

Price Range: $$$

Restaurant MAGMA

⭐️ 4.5 (260)

Price Range: $$$

Frequently asked questions:

  1. Visit the Château de Caen: Situated in the heart of the city, the Château de Caen was built in the 11th and 12th centuries. It houses a large museum that features a collection of artifacts from the region's history.
  2. Tour the Normandy Beaches: A trip to Caen would not be complete without visiting the famous Normandy Beaches. An iconic location from World War II, the area features numerous memorial sites and exhibitions.
  3. Explore Parc Flaerem: Set in a picturesque valley, Parc Flaerem offers beautiful natural landscapes and a serene setting. There are numerous trails to explore and the park also offers an animal area, playgrounds, and a picnic area.

The best time to visit Caen is during the warmer months of June through August. During this time, temperatures get as high as 25°C (77°F) with plenty of sunshine and clear skies. The atmosphere is bustling with events, culture, and attractions that are just waiting to be explored.

Caen, France is best enjoyed over several days. Its iconic attractions are sure to delight and its many activities provide something for everyone. With its beautiful scenery and cuisine, the city offers something to do during all seasons. Spending two to three days in Caen is a great way to get a taste of all the city has to offer.

Caen is an incredibly walkable city. Cycling is also a popular way to get around due to the city's flat terrain, network of cycle routes and bicycle rental services. Public transport is affordable and reliable, with buses and trams that travel to all corners of the city. Alternately, taxi services are also available to take you where you need to go quickly and conveniently.

Take the kids for a float down the Orne River and admire the beautiful town of Caen from a unique vantage point. Head to the Memorial of Caen: a museum dedicated to World War II, as well as the history of the Battle of Normandy and the ability to explore a British and German tank. To end your day in Caen, take the kids to the beautiful Abbey of St-Etienne - an 11th century monastery featuring exhibitions and a rare nearby ancient garden.

We've actually curated a complete list of the best bars in Caen. To start off we'd have to mention Jungle Bar Caen, Gini's Bar, Jolly Roger. Check out our page on the best bars in Caen.

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