Men’s Abbey

Historic sites and monuments

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Founded in 1063 by William the Conqueror, the Benedictine abbey of Saint Etienne (Saint Stephen) in Caen was consecrated in 1077. The 18th century monastic buildings housing the cloister, the wood-panelled rooms hung with paintings, and the Guardroom are today home to the Caen Town Hall. William the Conqueror is laid to rest in the abbey church.
Guided tours :
- In French, from October 1st to March 31th from monday to friday at 10:30am and 2:30pm. On Sundays (only during school holidays) at 10:30am, 2:30pm and 4pm.
- From April 1st to June 30th and in September : in french, every day at 10:30am, 2:30pm and 4pm. In English every day at 11am, 1:30pm and 4pm.
- From July 1st to August 31th : in french, every day at 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5:30pm. In English every day at 11am, 1:30pm and 4pm.
Contact details

Men’s Abbey

Hôtel de VilleEsplanade Jean-Marie Louvel

14027 CAEN


Railway station at 2km

Motorway at 5km

Motorway at 5km

Airport / aerodrome at 5km

Phone : 02 31 30 42 81


Obligatory for groups

Fixed telephone :

Garden types

French style





Base rate - full rate adult From 5.50 €
Base rate - full rate adult from 3 at 4 €
Rate for adult group From 5 €
School group rate from 30 at 45 €
Means of payment

Carte bleue

Postal or bank cheques

Holiday vouchers


Eurocard - Mastercard


Pets accepted




Learning activity

Supervised learning activity


Guided tour

Educational visits

Coach Parking

Covered picnic area


Visite libre en permanence - yes
Visite guidées sur demande - yes
Average time60 minutes90 minutes
Further informationGuided tours during the week by appointment. Visits in F or GB last 1hr15/1hr30. Start times to be agreed at the time of booking between 9am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 4.30pm.



Coach parking
Groups acccepted
Minimum number of people 10
Maximum number of people 150
This prestigious Benedictine abbey ‘Saint-Etienne de Caen’ was founded around 1063 by William the Conqueror and was consecrated in 1077. The abbey church (11th/13th century) is one of the most significant religious monuments in Normandy. The 18th century monastery buildings (with their panelled rooms, paintings, staircases and cloister) now house the town hall.

Further information

Environment : In the town centre, Near a port, Near a green trail, Close to airport, Near the beach, Close to a motorway, Close to a motorway

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