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A Day Out In Bayeux

Most famous for its Tapestry, listed by UNESCO, which celebrates the life and history of William The Conqueror – Bayeux is a wonderful day out, to not only see this wonderful piece of historical significance but to also walk the cobbled streets and experience this unique medieval city. It is set in the Calvados region of Normandy. Every year, in July, the city hosts a medieval festival – much like the one in Domfront which we have written about here.

Did you know that is was the first city in mainland France to be liberated and has the biggest British War Cemetery? This sits just outside the city centre and can be found next to the modern library. You will also find a press reporters’ memorial next to it to honour those that also lost their lives. Unsurprisingly then, you will also be able to visit (you can combine your ticket if you also plan on visiting the Tapestry) the Museum of the Battle of Normandie.

Bayeux is perfectly placed for you to explore all the D-Day Landing Beaches. Given, that it is the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings this year (2024), you may find that Bayeux could be an ideal spot to stay.  You will find a link below to one of the sightseeing tours that start in Bayeux. We have written about the landing beaches and other, less known, memorials in our recent article here.

As mentioned above, the Bayeux Tapestry which is internationally renowned, sits within the Bayeux Museum where you can visit and also see other exhibitions that feature from time to time. For example, David Hockney (a renowned English painter who moved to Normandy) exhibited his artwork as a tapestry piece in 2023.

You can also combine your ticket with a visit to the Museum of the Battle of Normandy as mentioned above.

Within the city itself, you can walk the medieval cobbled streets taking in the various unique boutiques and quaint tea rooms. There are also many restaurants to choose from and exquisite Patisseries – one of which also has an upstairs tea room and roof terrace. But there are so many to choose from, including a retro decorated tea room!

 

At the heart of the city is the magnificent Bayeux Cathedral which is lit up with a stunning light display in November and December to coincide with the Christmas market. Not to be missed, and a central focal point in Bayeux, is The Liberty Tree. This was planted in the 18th century to mark the end of the French revolution. In July and August a sound and light show is displayed 360-degrees on the tree and cathedral. It marks the honouring of life and liberty in a series of musical scenes. You can enjoy ten stories celebrating France’s journey to freedom and liberty. The event is a spectacle of colour and a wonderful evening out.

 

Just outside of Bayeux you will find some other family fun packed activities such as:-

Bayeux Adventure Park 

Another action packed day with so many activities for all the family it is difficult to know where to start! It has adult/children inflatable bubbles, zorbing, paintball, laser tag, pony rides, aquatic area, multisports, high ropes, mini tractors, sky dives and so much more. This is a full on day so come with a picnic, plenty of snacks and don’t forget a towel!

Bayeux Escape Room

Staying in and around Bayeux and just like the city of Caen, you can find an ‘escape room’ game experience. These are very popular in France. Whilst this is not a full day out, you will certainly be talking about it for some time afterwards. A great team bonding experience. Be sure to book online and plan your arrival.

We really hope you enjoyed this insight into the wonderful medieval city of Bayeux and the wealth of history that it brings.

 

Bayeux Museum

Battle Of Normandy Museum

Normandie Tourism Website

Bayeux Adventure Park Website

La Bullet Emporelle Escape Room Website

Bayeux Site Seeing Tours D Day

British War Cemetery Bayeux

Light Shows In Normandy

Retro Tea Room Chez Paulette

La Patisserie de Guillaume

Patisserie La Reine Mathilde

 



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