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  • Address: Ranville, France 14860
  • Hours: Daily

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Ranville War Cemetery Tours

Located in the heart of Calvados, just a few kilometers from the Channel, stands the Ranville War Cemetery. It contains a majority of British soldiers of the 6th Airborne Division (and also Canadian and German soldiers) that were killed during early stages of the Battle of Normandy in the Second World War. In fact, Ranville was the first village to be liberated by the Allies on the morning of June 6, 1944 – more commonly known as D-Day. Indeed, the village was secured by British and Canadian troops, landed nearby by parachute and glider on a mission to secure the bridge over the Caen Canal. This wasn’t achieved easily, though, as the skies were quite windy on that meaningful day and the area was, in reality, much larger than what had been expected. 

Ranville War Cemetery is located by the ancient Ranville Chapel, a graded 10th-century building. It is laid out in a typical French garden design, with immaculately kept landscapes and manicured grounds. Within the cemetery stands a Cross of Sacrifice (designed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, it is the archetypal British war memorial), an octagonal-shaped, elongated Latin cross with Celtic dimensions carved out of white Portland stone. Ranville War Cemetery contains 2,560 burials, including the grave of Lieutenant Den Brotheridge, considered to be the first Allied death on D-Day. 

Practical Info

Ranville War Cemetery is located 20 minutes north of Caen (17 kilometers). It can be reached via route E46, D515 and D514. Entry is free of charge.

Tours & Tickets

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D-Day Tour Including Guided Visit of the Mémorial de Caen Museum, Lunch and D-Day Landing Beaches, ... 
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D-Day Tour Including Guided Visit of the Mémorial de Caen Museum, Lunch and D-Day Landing Beaches

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Spend a remarkable day visiting the Mémorial de Caen museum and exploring historic D-Day sites such as Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc. Designed for ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Mémorial de Caen Museum Admission and Guided Tour of D-Day Sites from Caen, Caen, Day Trips
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Mémorial de Caen Museum Admission and Guided Tour of D-Day Sites from Caen

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Learn all about World War II and the momentous events of D-Day on this full-day tour. Explore the Mémorial de Caen museum at your leisure with or without ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.72

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