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Medieval Sights in Bayeux

Medieval Sights in Bayeux

Though the Bayeux Tapestry—which depicts the 1066 Norman invasion of England in vivid detail—is the undisputed star attraction in this town in Northern France’s Normandy region, it is just one of several medieval gems. See below for our selection of the can’t-miss medieval sights in Bayeux. 

Bayeux Tapestry

Comprising some 58 separate scenes painstakingly stitched on a 230-foot (70-meter) long strip of canvas, this magnificent artwork chronicles the Norman conquest of England in 1066. Though it was created in 1067, it remains in good condition, with detailed depictions of everyday life and battles providing fascinating insight into life in Norman France. 

Bayeux Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux)

Dating mostly from the 12th and 13th centuries—though some parts such as the 11th-century crypt are even older—this hulking Norman Gothic cathedral is a protected national monument. It was here where the famous Bayeux Tapestry was originally displayed, though the masterpiece has since been moved to a dedicated museum. 

Bayeux Town Center

Having survived World War II intact, Bayeux’s historical town center still retains medieval-era streets and architecture, with rows of medieval houses found overlooking the River Aure. For an immersive experience, attend the town’s summertime Medieval Festival, which consists of reenactments, crafts, games, and performances.

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Private Tour to Bayeux, Honfleur and Pays d' Auge from Bayeux

Private Tour to Bayeux, Honfleur and Pays d' Auge from Bayeux

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Delve into Normandy's superb historical and culinary heritage on a private tour from Bayeux. Begin with a visit to Bayeux Cathedral and the iconic Bayeux Taperstry illustrating the story of William the Conqueror. Next continue onto Honfleur, a waterfront town that's filled with timber-framed houses and France's largest wooden church. It's colorful scenery was a favorite among Impressionist painters like Monet. Finally, save your appetite for Pays d' Auge, where you'll sample regional food and drink specialities like Cavados brandy and Camembert cheese. 
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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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Private Tour : Normandy Specialties Food Tour from Bayeux

Private Tour : Normandy Specialties Food Tour from Bayeux

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Indulge in a day of good French food and drink on this tour around Normandy. As this is a private tour you will receive personalized attention from your guide and be able to customize the itinerary to suit your tastes. See how local specialties are produced and visit local restaurants, all while learning about regional French cuisine and being inspired by delicious food.
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  • 9 hours
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