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Bayeux
Travel Guide

See a famous historic tapestry, discover D-Day beaches and explore gorgeous gardens in this beautifully preserved Norman town.

With its medieval architecture and compelling historical ties, Bayeux is a fascinating and pleasant place to spend a few days. Bayeux was the first town to be liberated after D-Day and is one of the few in the area to have survived World War II without significant damage. Tour its characterful old town, inspect the renowned Bayeux Tapestry and ponder the past at historic war sites.

The famous Bayeux Tapestry is housed at the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Measuring 229 feet (69.7 meters) long and weighing 771.6 pounds (350 kilograms), this historic embroidered cloth depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England in 1066. Legend has it the tapestry was sewn by William the Conqueror’s wife, Reine Mathilde.

Just a 30-minute drive from Bayeux are Juno Beach, Gold Beach and Omaha Beach, where the allied troops landed on D-day in June 1944. Learn about one of World War II’s key battles at the Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie, where military vehicles, weapons and uniforms are displayed. The nearby Bayeux War Cemetery includes 4,144 Commonwealth burials and 500 war graves of other nationalities, while the Journalists’ Memorial honors journalists killed in the line of duty since 1944.

Be sure to stop by the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux. The highlight of Bayeux’s old town, the cathedral was constructed in the 11th century but was rebuilt in the Gothic style after it was damaged by fire in 1160. Admire the intricate stained glass windows, the murals in the crypt and the neoclassical main altar.

Don’t miss the Jardin Botanique de Bayeux, a botanical garden spread over 6.4 acres (2.6 hectares). The garden still has many of the original specimens planted at its opening in 1864, including the famous weeping European beech tree that has been named a natural monument and a remarkable tree of France.

Bayeux is located on the western edge of Calvados in the Lower Normandy region. Reach Bayeux by flying into Caen Carpiquet Airport, a 30-minute drive away. Bayeux is a 3-hour drive or a 2.5-hour train ride from Paris. You can also take a ferry to the port at Ouistreham, a 45-minute drive from Bayeux.

Novotel Bayeux
Novotel Bayeux
4 out of 5
117 Rue Saint Patrice, Rond Point de Vaucelles, Bayeux, Calvados
The price is $104 per night from May 17 to May 17
Situated in Bayeux, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of the Battle of Normandy, Cathedrale Notre-Dame Bayeux, and Museum of the Bayeux ...
4.1/5Very Good! (624 reviews)
Nice hotel.
"Covid makes things Difficult, but they had a great response plan for contact free operations. Breakfast was good, but it would have been nice to have the restaurant open in the evening. My only big complaint was the cost of a beer at the bar. I thought that was a bit much."

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

Novotel Bayeux
Churchill Hotel Bayeux Centre
Churchill Hotel Bayeux Centre
3 out of 5
14-16 rue Saint Jean, Bayeux
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Located in the heart of Bayeux, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Baron Gerard Museum of Art and History and Museum of the Battle of Normandy. Museum of the ...
4.2/5Excellent! (185 reviews)
Lovely
"The bedspreads were old school. It was a bit noisy at night time. We loved the decor, location, and staff. Know that with C-19, dinner reservations are a must in Bayeux."

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2020

Churchill Hotel Bayeux Centre
Grand Hôtel du Luxembourg
Grand Hôtel du Luxembourg
4 out of 5
25 Rue Des Bouchers, Bayeux, Calvados
The price is $107 per night from May 18 to May 18
Located in the heart of Bayeux, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Baron Gerard Museum of Art and History and Museum of the Battle of Normandy. Cathedrale Notre-Dame ...
4/5Very Good! (216 reviews)
Good value and location with some quirks
"Room of mirrors! Moody lighting and dated decor. I liked the location - central but on a side street so not noisy. Good value, quite spacious. In my room at least, the shower/tub is not good for those who have difficulty with high steps. Also, the toilet was in a separate room than the shower and ..."

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Grand Hôtel du Luxembourg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Maison du Phare (in use): charm, authenticity and exceptional view
Maison du Phare (in use): charm, authenticity and exceptional view
Port-en-Bessin-Huppain, Normandie
This family-friendly Port-en-Bessin-Huppain vacation home is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Baie de la Seine and D-Day Wrecks Museum. Omaha Beach ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Clean and efficient
"Clean and well stocked with all the amenities you need. Close to the Normandy touring sites and the town of Bayeux. Town has a small market and shops and restaurants"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

Maison du Phare (in use): charm, authenticity and exceptional view
Cottage 115 m2 in Normandy Near Landing Beaches and Mont ST Michel
Cottage 115 m2 in Normandy Near Landing Beaches and Mont ST Michel
MOON SUR ELLE, Normandy
Located in a rural location, this family-friendly cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Cotentin and Bessin Marsh Regional Natural Park, Milling Museum, and Mine ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Calme + cheminée + plages du débarquement
"4 jours au calme à la campagne dans une maison propre, bien aménagée et pas loin des plages du débarquement - et du beau temps en plus. Merci Jonathan."

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2021

Cottage 115 m2 in Normandy Near Landing Beaches and Mont ST Michel
4 * apartment exceptional sea view Normandy landing beaches France
4 * apartment exceptional sea view Normandy landing beaches France
Port-en-Bessin-Huppain, Normandie
This family-friendly Port-en-Bessin-Huppain apartment building is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Baie de la Seine and D-Day Wrecks Museum. Omaha ...
5/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)
Charming loft apartment
"The loft apartment was just right for our family of four. The location is wonderful with a great view and parking available. There are plenty of restaurants, some shops and a grocery store in town. If your plan is to visit the D Day sites this is the perfect place to stay. Geraldine was very accommodating ..."

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2019

4 * apartment exceptional sea view Normandy landing beaches France
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Dec 3, 2019

Quaint town. Lovely people. Great break from Paris.

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Nov 12, 2019

The Normandy shore & mont st Michel excursions were excellent. Bayeux was centrally located to go to these places Town is quaint and the tapestry & cathedral were great Everything walkable

5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 9, 2019

Excellent tourism sites, very educational, easy to access at low or reasonable cost to enjoy in one or two days

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Nov 1, 2019

Great visit. All day tour on Normandy beaches was fantastic! Staff at hotel were great!

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Oct 8, 2019

I would highly recommend Bayeux to anyone in search of the Normandy D-Day experience. Wonderful food, beautiful scenery, and lots of fabulous tour companies to choose from.

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Sep 23, 2019

Normandy is a lovely area of France. Having been in the south of France for a week it was a nice contrast.