BAYEUX TRAVEL GUIDE

  Visiting the beautiful city of Bayeux.

Bayeux Normandy travel guide / RockRoseWine

In a few short weeks Bayeux will be hosting the annual D-Day Festival Normandy. This year, for the 70th anniversary, the town has planned for an even greater participation than usual. Here is a little list of travel tips for those lucky visitors who will be in Bayeux for this momentous occasion and for all other travelers year round.

WHEN TO GO

The two major tourist events in Bayeux are the D-Day festivities that take place the first week in June and the Medieval Festival that takes place the first weekend of July. Unless you are specifically going to Bayeux for these events, I would avoid these dates as hotels will be fully booked many months in advance.

medieval house bayeux

WHAT TO DO

  • The Bayeux Tapestry: No trip to Bayeux would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Bayeux Tapestry. Even if you’re not a history or textile buff, the tapestry is a truly remarkable sight.  The excellent audio tour does a great job explaining the history behind this 224 foot long 11th century artifact. See official website for address, admission prices and opening hours. You can get a reduced rate by purchasing a twin or triple ticket pass for the 3 museums in the Bayeux museum group  (The Bayeux Tapestry, The Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy and The MAHB).
  • MAHB: The Museum of Art and History Baron Gérard (MAHB) reopened its doors in March of 2013 to much fan fare. Housed inside the former bishop’s palace next to the Cathedral, the museum was closed for 12 years and underwent 4 years of major renovation work. The result is 1,500 m2 of gorgeous exhibition halls covering Norman art and history. From Medieval artifacts to impressionist artwork, to permanent displays of Norman lace and ceramic, the MAHB is Bayeux’s new must-see. See official site for address, admission prices and opening hours and information on twin or triple ticket pass.
  • Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-mer: While there are many moving D-Day sites and museums in Bayeux and the surrounding region, if you only have time to do one, that site would have to be the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.  Located in Colleville-sur-Mer 20 minutes north of Bayeux and just east of St. Laurent-Sur-Mer (Omaha Beach), the cemetery is a deeply moving experience one will never forget. Also, when visiting the Cemetery, don’t miss the beautifully curated permanent exhibition housed in the Visitor Center. Opened in 2007, the story of the D-Day landings and the 80-day Battle of Normandy is told through three themes: Competence, Courage and Sacrifice. Both the cemetery and visitor’s center are open daily till 6 p.m. (April 15 to September 15) and till 5 p.m. the rest of the year. There is no admission charge.
  • Other D-Day sites: A complete list of Bayeux and Bessin memorial sites and museums from Bayeux Bessin Tourism.
  • Vieux Bayeux: Miraculously untouched during WWII, Bayeux is a living historical monument. Visit the Cathedral, the Lace Conservatory, walk along the canal, window shop or just wander through the town’s maze of cobblestone streets.

Crab at French MarketFrench goat cheese

Bunnies at French Market

MARKETS

  • On Saturday mornings there is a large market at Place Saint Patrice. This is a fun, very traditional French market. The first alley-way closest to the main street features local organic produce, products, seafood and live animals!
  • On Wednesday mornings there is a smaller market located near the tourist office on the rue St. Jean.
  • On Sunday mornings in Port en Bessin there is a lovely little market along the canal. This is a 15 minute drive outside Bayeux.

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