"William The Conquerer is here" Top 5 Page for this destination Caen by darkjedi

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Caen is served by the small port of Ouistreham, lying at the mouth of the Caen Canal where it meets the English Channel. A ferry service operates between Portsmouth in the United Kingdom and Caen/Ouistreham running both standard roll-on-roll-off car ferries and supercat fast ferries, with the latter making crossing from March to November. The ferry terminal is 15 km from Caen with a daytime shuttle bus service for foot passengers.

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried here, and for the Battle for Caen—heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the town.

  • Last visit to Caen: Apr 2008
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    great tips

  • Jun 10, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Hi - thank you fo a very informative page and helpful tips. :) Wd you have any idea what the bus schedule is from the ferry port into Caen? Does it align with the ferry schedule? We arrive quite early in the morning - 7am-ish. Many thanks

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2010 at 1:14 AM

    Really good page with nice photo's. Enjoyed reading about William the Conquerer, found it interesting.

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2009 at 1:36 AM

    A very interesting page about Caen and all its history. I've seen the defribulators in cities here,too, but I'd have no idea how to use them in case of an emergency.

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