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How to Spend 1 Day in Bayeux

How to Spend 1 Day in Bayeux

Most famous for the Bayeux Tapestry, the small town of Bayeux also serves as a strategic base for exploring Normandy. Day tours often combine Bayeux with nearby towns and typically include a tour of the D-Day landing beaches. However, there’s plenty to see and do in the town, too—here are some ideas for how to spend one day in Bayeux.

Morning: The Famous Bayeux Tapestry

Bayeux’s star attraction is a staple of Normandy day trips, so head straight to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum (Musée de la Tapisserie) before the tour buses arrive. The UNESCO-protected monument is more than 1,000 years old and depicts the conquests of William the Conqueror in 1066—opt for an audio guide for extra insight.

After admiring the iconic tapestry, explore the rest of Bayeux Old Town on a walking tour. Tours typically stop at the botanical gardens and Notre-Dame Cathedral of Bayeux, and reveal the city’s lace making history at the Conservatoire de la Dentelle (Conservatory of Lace).

Afternoon: Normandy’s War History

Normandy will forever be remembered as the site of one of the most significant events of World War II. Learn more about the D-Day landings and ensuing Battle of Normandy on a half-day tour of the D-Day Beaches from Bayeux., which tend to stop at WWII battle sites such as Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc, the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, and the D-Day Landing Museum or the Arromanches 360° Cinema—pre-book your tickets to avoid waiting in line.

If you prefer to stay in the town, visit the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy and pay tribute to the Allied soldiers who lost their lives at the Bayeux War Cemetery.

Night: Camembert, Cider, and Calvados

Normandy is renowned for having some of the best cuisine in France and a trip to Bayeux wouldn’t be complete without an evening of fine dining. Book a table at one of the town’s top restaurants to sample local specialties such as camembert cheese, seafood, and fish stew.

Finish with a classic tarte aux pommes (apple tart) and don’t forget to sample Normandy’s famous drinks too—the region is known for its cider and calvados (apple brandy).

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D-Day Omaha Beach Area Morning or Afternoon Group Tour from Bayeux

D-Day Omaha Beach Area Morning or Afternoon Group Tour from Bayeux

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Short on time in Bayeux but keen to see Normandy’s World War II US D-Day sites? Visit some key 1944 American locations on this half-day tour from Bayeux. Journey by air-conditioned minivan to Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc, where US troops landed on June 6th. Gaze at the cliffs and beaches as your expert guide shares detail and stories of the landings and forces involved. Finish at the American Cemetery to pay homage to those who lost their lives. Numbers are limited to 15 for a more personalized experience.
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Private Transfer from Bayeux to Paris - Up to 7 People

Private Transfer from Bayeux to Paris - Up to 7 People

Let you drive and travel in a luxurious and comfortable minivan Mercedes from Bayeux to Paris. Paris is located about 3 hours from Bayeux. For your Bayeux-Paris Transfer, our professional english speaking drivers guarantee a punctual service available 7 days a week. The price is all include for a transfer up to 7 people.
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Private Tour: Rouen, Bayeux, and Falaise Day Trip from Bayeux

Private Tour: Rouen, Bayeux, and Falaise Day Trip from Bayeux

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Tick off the best bits of Normandy in one day on this private tour from Bayeux. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you marvel at the famous Bayeux tapestry, then follow in the footsteps of Joan of Arc and Rollo in historic Rouen. After lunch (own expense), continue to Caen, where highlights include the Abbaye aux Hommes and William the Conqueror’s Castle, then take a tour of the magnificent Château de Falaise.
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  • 8 hours
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Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema Entrance Ticket

Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema Entrance Ticket

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Relive the Battle of Normandy and gain a unique insight into French history at the Arromanches 360° circular cinema. Watch the memorable film 'Normandy's 100 Days' on the high-definition panoramic screens and learn about the D-Day landings, see previously unseen footage from the archives, and follow in the footsteps of the Allied soldiers
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