Museum of the Bayeux Tapestry

#9 in Best Things To Do in Normandy
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13 Rue de Nesmond

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Museums, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.0scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

You might ask why on earth would you make a stop to see a tapestry when Camembert cheese, hard cider and the rolling Normandy hills are beckoning? Well, because the Bayeux Tapestry is big (70 meters long), ornate (more like artwork than your grandma’s embroidery) and tells a story (it chronicles the 1066 Battle of Hastings). In fact, one TripAdvisor user says, “This is one of those attractions that I wasn't sure that I would find that interesting, but it turned out to be one of my favorite attractions in Normandy.”

One IgoUgo.com user gives this advice: “An audioguide is a smart investment here, for two reasons. First, it gives you the explanation of the scenes and brings your attention to details you would never have noticed. … Second, you get to step in front of everybody who doesn't have an audioguide, which is essential if you want to see anything in the crowd of tourists.”

Open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (with abbreviated hours in the winter), the museum charges €7.80 EUR or about $10.50 USD to view this tapisserie

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World War II’s successful Operation Overlord took place on the coast of France. Although there were heavy Allied casualties, this invasion turned the tide in the war and helped lead to the fall of Nazi Germany. Today this piece of coastline, which includes Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah beaches, is collectively known as the D-Day Beaches.

Visitors can tour the about 50-mile stretch of beach and pop by a number of museums, memorials and cemeteries that have spread out alongside the sand. The American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer and the Pointe-du-Hoc bomb craters are especially moving. Many recent travelers recommend exploring the beaches with a tour guide.

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