Our hotel in Caen
near the D-Day beaches
Our hotel in Caen is practically on the doorstep of what was once the theatre of the largest amphibious and air-borne operation of all time - the Normandy landings of 6th June 1944.
The nearest beach is the Plage de Ouistreham, otherwise known as Sword Beach. The Atlantic Wall Museum is all about what happened in 1944. It’s equally here where Commender Kieffer and his Free French troops landed, and where the 70th Anniversary of D-Day ceremonies were held in 2014.
Not far at Arromanches, the centre of the landing area, you can still find some remnants of the artificial port that was built there. Experience the remarkable events as though you were there at the Arromanches 360 round cinema at the D-Day Museum, Arromanches.
Also don’t miss the nearby Merville Battery Museum. The Merville Battery and its museum form the eastern flank of the theatre of the Battle of Normandy. Here you can discover the key points of the shield preventing any German counter-attack from the East.
Casemate n°1 presents a howitzer identical to one found at this place in 1944 and which Lt Col. Terrence Otway and his troops would have encountered on the morning of 6th June. You’ll notice how menacing it and the other three remaining are, and you’ll discover just how difficult the D-Day mission entrusted to the 9th Battalion was.
In the Ranville British military cemetery near Pegasus Bridge, where 2562 soldiers lie. It’s the second largest British cemetery after Bayeux, and the largest in number of graves. Ranville was indeed the first village freed after the bridge over the Orne canal was captured at dawn on 6th June. There are 47 soldiers buried in the church graveyard here, including the soldier Brotheridge, the first British soldier killed in Normandy.