Ideas for holidays, weekends and trips in Hérouville Saint Clair and its surroundings
The Campanile Caen Nord – Hérouville Saint Clair Hotel is within a short distance of several of Caen’s historic and cultural sites. The Castle of Caen, which is 5km south of the hotel, was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century and is one of the largest fortresses in France. The castle now contains the Caen Museum of Fine Arts, as well the regional Museum of Normandy. The Memorial and Museum for Peace is accessible via the N814 motorway. It commemorates WWII and the Battle for Caen, which took place during the Battle of Normandy. The Museum features exhibitions on Nobel Peace Prize Winners and the Cold War, as well as an American, British and Canadian Garden. Visitors to the Memorial can also take tours of nearby D-Day beaches, where Allied Forces landed during WWII. The City Centre Botanical Gardens and the Caen Botanical Garden can also be reached on the N814 motorway, and are great for afternoon strolls. To the west of the city, the Festyland Amusement Park, which is decorated in 11th century style, features a roller coaster, bumper boats (bumper cars on water) and a water slide. Other noteworthy sites include the Saint-Ouen Church, founded by William the Conqueror and rebuilt in the 15th century, and the Saint-Nicolas Church.