Bayeux in Normandy serves as a good base if you are holidaying in this area of France
and visiting the D-day beaches, museums and memorials.
Bayeux was the first town to be freed in 1944 by the Allies and remarkably did not suffer any war damage. It is a very attractive town and has preserved its historic centre and medieval structure. There are many attractions and sights to see in the town and surrounding area.
Bayeux – famous as the home of the Bayeux Tapestry, a roll of linen canvas 70m long and 50cm high woven with coloured wool depicting the dramatic story in 58 panels of how and why William the Conquerer conquered England in 1066. The tapestry is housed in the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.
You will want to see the spectacular Cathédrale Notre Dame de Bayeux begun in the 11th century and added to in the 13th to 15th century, the cathedral is a fine example of Norman Gothic architecture. You will find many of Bayeux’s 15th - 18th century preserved old houses between the cathedral and the main street.
If you are interested in museums you will find several excellent ones here. The Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie has displays of uniforms a large quantity of military hardware and scenes which tell the story of the battle of Normandy and the D-day landings. If you take a picnic with you there is an area outside the museum shop where you can sit, relax and enjoy your refreshments before exploring more of Bayeux.
You may prefer to find a café or restaurant and try the crépes and galettes or a traditional Normandy meal!
Another museum that may interest some of you is the Musée Baron-Gerard a history and art museum with a fine collection of lace and porcelain, also painting by Boucher and Corot. A few hundred metres from the war museum you will find the Bayeux War cemetery, it is the largest Commonwealth military cemetery in Normandy and has more than 4000 UK soldiers graves.
A good way of seeing the major D-Day beaches and memorials is to take one of the organized bus tours which you can book in Bayeux.
You will find a range of accommodation here from central hotels, hostels and a camp site which opens mid March to November.