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Best things to do in Calvados

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

History Museum
“A trip through the history of the conflicts of the 20th century with artefacts, sound effects, films, and documentation which is continually being updated. Terrifying and gripping, the cafe/restaurant provides a welcome rest. ”
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History Museum
“If you’re interested in the telling of history, this is a must see. The museum brings tapestry to life through great audio guide and there’s a good guide for kids too. Good for a rainy day! ”
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Sushi Restaurant
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“One of William the conqueror's castles with great views of Caen. With museums to visit.”
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Casino
“Fantastic cocktails (the barman came to my wedding) - ask for the Mojidos! The place is not cheap however and can get busy.”
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Beach
“No D-day trip would be complete without a visit to the haunting Omaha Beach. Best earlier and later in the day when the coach parties have gone and you get to appreciate even more the scale of the endeavour and the sacrifices made on that fateful day.”
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Hotel
“Le Zoo de Cerza permet de passer un superbe journée. Un petit train est à disposition pour faire le tour si vous préférez ne pas marcher :-) Restaurants sur place. A 15 minutes en voiture de Lisieux ”
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Cemetery
“Le cimetière américain de Colleville sur Mer est situé au sommet de la falaise dominant la célèbre plage d’Omaha Beach. Nul n’entre dans le cimetière de Colleville par hasard, il faut en faire la démarche volontaire. Le visiteur se prépare pour aborder attentif et recueilli un morceau des États-Unis en France. Au-delà du Bâtiment de Réception, se trouve un magnifique Mémorial en demi-cercle au centre duquel une statue de bronze représente “l’Esprit de la jeunesse américaine s’élevant des flots”. Dans le prolongement du bassin où se reflète le Mémorial s’étire l’allée centrale desservant les 10 carrés de tombes où reposent 9 387 soldats dont 4 femmes et 307 inconnus.”
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Park
“A profusion of different plants and secret paths. A small maze and a huge rose garden, some goats, sheep, hens etc and views over the whole of Caen”
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Amusement Park
“Adventure Park with rollercoasters, 3D cinema, waterslides, animals, fun day out for the family.”
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Natural Feature
“Promenade sur les Planches à Deauville ou Trouville, villas , casinos, nombreux restaurants, activités nautiques en bord de mer.”
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Historic Site
“This really surpassed our expectations. The story of the D Day landings is beautifully captured - you can walk into the bomb craters and shelters. Fantastic views too. ”
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Establishment
“WWII Normandy Landings (US) Three D-Day museums. Musée D-Day Omaha features an Enigma machine”
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Casino
“Nice building; work in progress to reinstate the "bain de Trouville" famous place where the Parisian bourgeoisie met in the 19 century”
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Museum
“Honfleur est le berceau de l'impressionnisme et a attiré de nombreux artistes. Un musée intimiste en retrace l'histoire et permet de découvrir de magnifiques œuvres d'art.”
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City Hall
“William the Conqueror is buried here and many English lords as well! It is a magnificent building and there are organ recitals held here as well as the daily church services and Sunday Mass.”
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Museum
“This museum is built at the site of the artificial harbour. Remnants of Mulberry Harbour can still be seen, a few hundred yards away from the shore. On June 6th 1944, some 4,126 Allied ships successfully achieved the greatest landings in history on the beaches of Normandy and find out more about the how the Mulberry Harbour was constructed - a truly extraordinary technological feat which provided the key to Victory in Normandy.”
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