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Ranville - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Calvados

The origin of Ranville goes back to antiquity. The Roman road linking Pont-Audemer and Bayeux going about the town; travelers had to borrow a Ranville tray to reach the port of Bénouville and continue their journey. It was not until the mid-nineteenth century that this tray was replaced by a bridge-turn.

A farm developed in the town and gave it its name: Rando, personal name of Germanic origin, associated with villa referring to a rural area. Over the centuries, several activities were developed: the stone extraction of Caen which was then sent, especially to England, in the Orne (Street career to remember that past Longueval); river activities (sablonniers and fishermen) to Longueval périclitèrent that with the opening of Caen canal to the sea; Agriculture, including the marshes drained in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The town was split between several hamlets more or less grouped: Le Bourg Neuf, Le Bas de Ranville, The Hom, The Mill, The Mariquet, Longueville, Longueval.

In 1860, the Ranvillais decided to demolish their church, considered dilapidated and too small. They retained only the steeple of the eleventh and twelfth centuries which still exists today next to the new church.

Ranville was the first village liberated in France June 6, 1944 by the British Parachute Battalion 13th (13th Parachute Battalion) commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Luard. The castle of Helm, a mansion on a floor, then served as headquarters to the 6th Airborne Division.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude49.2321020 (N 49° 13’ 56”)
Longitude-0.2571520 (W 0° 15’ 26”)
AltitudeFrom 1m to 49m
Surface area8.42 km²
Population1807 inhabitants
Density214 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureCaen (8.5 mi, 21 min)
Insee code14530
IntercommunalityCC Normandie-Cabourg-Pays d'Auge

Nearest cities & towns

Hérouvillette1.5 mi (4 min)
Bénouville1.6 mi (6 min)
Bréville-les-Monts1.7 mi (5 min)
Amfreville1.9 mi (6 min)
Escoville2.1 mi (6 min)
Colombelles3 mi (8 min)
Saint-Aubin-d'Arquenay3 mi (8 min)
Sallenelles3 mi (6 min)
Blainville-sur-Orne3.4 mi (10 min)
Bavent3.4 mi (8 min)
Gonneville-en-Auge4 mi (9 min)
Colleville-Montgomery4.4 mi (12 min)
Petiville4.5 mi (9 min)
Touffréville4.8 mi (10 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest


Events and festivities

The Ranvillaises Strides
Fiona Harrison Concert


British Cemetery
British Cemetery
See photo
See photo


Friday 26 may
Min. 12°C - Max. 18°C
Saturday 27 may
Min. 11°C - Max. 18°C
Sunday 28 may
Min. 10°C - Max. 16°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Water sports equipment hire in the Orne Valley
Nature and the great outdoors17 € Caen (5.6 mi)
Half-Day on the Cheese Route with Private Guide – Leaving from Caen
Local flavours70 € Caen (5.8 mi)
Visit the French formal gardens at the Domaine Marquis Turgot
Culture and education6 € Creully sur Seulles (12.5 mi)
Canoe-kayak at the heart of Swiss Normandy
Nature and the great outdoors8 € Le Hom (19.7 mi)
Cookery lessons at La Maison du Chef Normand
Local flavours39 € Saint-Philbert-des-Champs (24 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Cliffs of Black Cows
HikeEasy2h00Villers-sur-Mer (12.9 mi)
Stroll Impressionist
Village visitIntermediate2h00Honfleur (26 mi)
Way of the Three Calvaries
HikeEasy3h00Asnières (30 mi)
Heritage tour - city of Pont Audemer 27500 Normandy
HikeEasy35 minPont-Audemer (36 mi)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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