Walking Tour/ 11th century/ Medieval history/ Art/ Castle/ Abbeys/ William the Conqueror
Having spent 7 years living in Caen, I will be happy to propose to you various walks through its historic centre that boasts of unsuspected treasures.
In Caen we will see fantastic old churches whose steeples were not touched by the bombing in June 1944. We will discover some new structures as well characterized by extremely particular architectural designs. The castle of William the Conqueror, the duke of Normandy, can not be avoided. It is situated on a rocky outcrop. The highlight of it is the archaeological remains of William's palace, known as the Vieux Palais (Old Palace), and head to the lookout point to enjoy views of the city, dominated by the flamboyant Gothic spire of Church of St-Pierre.
This tour is surprisingly rewarding: you will get pleasure of spending few moments exploring some ancient stones and get a delightful feeling of how the old harmoniously meets the present and new.
During our tour you will learn the significant history of Caen, founded 57 B. C. by the Romans.
Firstly, let's discover together the medieval castle, built in the 11th century by the most famous of the dukes of Normandy, William the Conqueror.
Next direction is the Abbey for Men to hear the story behind the controversial marriage of William and Mathilda of Flanders. This former monastery is considered one of the most notable Romanesque buildings in Normandy.
As the city was terribly bombed during the Normand invasion, we will take the narrow paths and streets to see the destruction caused by the Battle of Normandy that took place here during World War II.
I will walk you through the medieval narrow streets or some noisy central alleys. My tour can be adopted to any age/ point of interests/ pace.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: The best way to start this tour is to meet by the Castle ( a big stoned fortress just in front of Saint Peter's Church )
End Point Options: Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: We are normally ending the tour by hotel de Ville ( or Place Saint Sauveur)
Duration: 2 hours
Hey, for this tour all that you need- is just your foot and energy, because it's 2-3 hours walk in the city center! When the sun is shining, and the weather is so so good, can you imagine how great it will be to discover the ancient city center!
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 euros - During our walk you will see a great number of local shops with the specialties produced only in this region. Don't worry, we will have as many stops as you want for the souvenirs and for the shops, so grab 10-15 euros.
- Personal Expenses
- Public Transportation Tickets
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
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