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Ardenne Abbey (Abbey d'Ardenne)
Ardenne Abbey (Abbey d'Ardenne)

Ardenne Abbey (Abbey d'Ardenne)

Free admission
Tues-Fri: 2pm-6pm
Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe, France, 14280

The Basics

While the church itself is beautiful, the main draw here is the memorial located just outside. The Aredenne Abbey is an included stop on some D-Day and Second World War tours of Normandy, which range from half-day outings to full-day excursions. While tours take in all the major Normandy sites, others focus on Canadian wartime history, combining Ardenne Abbey with places such as the Canadian War Cemetery, Canada House, and the location on Juno Beach where thousands of Canadians arrived on D-Day.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Bayeux

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Antoine. Great driver and guide
Randall_D, Jul 2022
Le Havre Shore Excursion: Private Day Tour to Juno Beach Sector & Ardenne Abbey
Juno beach and cemeteries were awesome and heart breaking as well as fulfilling for all of us. Thankyou
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Excellent Tour
Carol_S, Oct 2019
Le Havre Shore Excursion: Private Day Tour to Juno Beach Sector & Ardenne Abbey
Our guide Adrien was very knowledgeable about Canadians during WWII. He showed us numerous places with impressive background stories. He asked us questions regarding our knowledge and adapted the tour four us.
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Canadian Private Day Tour to Juno Beach & Ardenne Abbey from Le Havre
Connector787034, Aug 2019
Le Havre Shore Excursion: Private Day Tour to Juno Beach Sector & Ardenne Abbey
Our tour guide was excellent and provided us with great information using maps and pictures. We found the plaque with our Grandfather/Father's name on it. Visited many spots and villages pertaining to our Canadian soldiers. It was a great day and received much more than we ever thought we would. We are proud of our Canadian soldiers and may they rest in peace.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Great for architecture buffs. Much of the abbey was named a historic monument in 1918.
  • This isn’t the only abbey in the Caen area. In the Caen city center, find the 11th century Women’s Abbey.
  • Information is available on site in both French and English.
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How to Get There

The abbey is located at 14280 Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe, about 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) northwest of the Caen city center. Trains to Caen depart from Paris, Rouen, Rennes, Cherbourg, Le Mans, and Tours. Regional train service is available between Caen and Rouen, Lisieux, Cherbourg, Granville, Rennes, and Le Mans.

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When to Get There

Many travelers visit Normandy between June and August, when warm, sunny weather brings crowds to the gorgeous beaches. But while the D-Day sites in Normandy can be visited year round, it’s a moving experience to travel here in early June, when D-Day memorial celebrations are held across the region.

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D-Day Sites to Visit in Normandy

While the D-Day beaches themselves are an essential stop in Normandy, there are many other Second World War landmarks here. Close to Ardenne Abbey is the Memorial de Caen, a museum that tells the story of the region’s wartime experience. German gun batteries still stand at Longues-sur-Mer, and Bayeux is home to the Bayeux War Cemetery and the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy (Musée Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie).

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