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How to Spend 1 Day in Normandy

How to Spend 1 Day in Normandy

With just one day in Normandy, it’s a good idea to focus on a few highlights: World War II sites, the Bayeux Tapestry, and Norman cuisine. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in this region of northern France.

Morning: Beaches and battlefields

The beaches and seacliffs along Normandy’s coast are best known as the site of the D-Day landings, one of the most significant events of WWII. Join a tour to avoid the hassle of renting a car and benefit from the expertise of a guide.

Most tours visit the D-Day beaches as well as other key sites such as Pointe du Hoc and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. If you have time, stop by the D-Day Landing Museum at Utah Beach or the Memorial de Caen Museum. Buy your tickets in advance to skip the entry lines.

Afternoon: Art masterpieces

A short drive from the D-Day beaches, the small town of Bayeux is home to one of France’s most famous artifacts, the Bayeux Tapestry. A glimpse of the iconic artwork is a must, so head to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum (Musée de la Tapisserie). More than 1,000 years old, the UNESCO-protected piece depicts the conquests of William the Conqueror in 1066.

Bayeux’s other attractions are easily covered on a walking tour. Make a photo stop at the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Bayeux, discover the city’s lace-making history at the Conservatory of Lace (Conservatoire de la Dentelle), or visit the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy.

Night: Food and festivities

Summer visitors enjoy a host of evening events, from night markets at coastal resorts such as Ouistreham and Cabourg, to a light show by Bayeux Cathedral. If drinking and dancing are more your thing, Rue Ecuyère in nearby Caen is lined with bars, nightclubs, and live music venues.

Wherever you choose to spend the evening, book a table at one of the region’s many restaurants to sample some typical Norman cuisine. Fish stew and seafood are menu staples, and be sure to finish your meal with a cheese plate (don’t miss the regional Camembert) and a slice of tarte aux pommes (apple tart).

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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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Normandy Battlefields Tour - Canadian World War II Sites

Normandy Battlefields Tour - Canadian World War II Sites

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Enrich your knowledge of the fascinating history of World War II on a full-day tour of the Normandy battlefields from Bayeux. With an accomplished guide, discover facts surrounding Canada’s lesser-known involvement in the liberation of Europe and pay your respects at the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. Hear of the tragic Canadian massacre at Ardenne Abbey and listen to intriguing narration that reveals poignant and probing information. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to onely eight people.
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Memorial de Caen Museum Admission Ticket

Memorial de Caen Museum Admission Ticket

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Explore the critical moments of World War II at the incredibly thorough Mémorial de Caen museum with this admission ticket. Learn about the significant points in a timeline spanning from the conclusion of World War I until the fall of the Berlin Wall, which gives viewers a much deeper understanding of the D-Day events that happened nearby. Start your visit with a film about D-Day, and your ticket is valid for 24 hours after you first enter the museum. Choose to visit the museum with or without an audio guide.
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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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Airborne Museum Admission Ticket

Airborne Museum Admission Ticket

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The Airborne Museum tells the story of the American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne, who landed in Normandy as part of the Allied D-Day operations in WWII. Located in the Normandy town of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, close to Utah Beach and the Normandy Landing Beaches, the museum’s exhibitions include multi-media presentations of the D-Day landings, artefacts such as a C-47 aircraft, and Histopad interactive guides with augmented reality.
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