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Bayeux Office de tourisme
rue Larcher Bayeux
14400

Tel:+33 (0)2 31 51 28 28
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Bayeux miraculously escaped much of the World War II bombings which is one reason why it is such an attractive town today.  It's 15th - 19th century hub is simply delightful particularly around rue St-Martin and rue St-Jean - the latter lined with boutiques, cafes and restaurants. 

Bayeux is famed for two cross-Channel invasions.  Firstly, William the Conqueror chose to set sail from Bayeux in 1066 in his quest to conquer England (which is detailed in the superb medieval Bayeux tapestry).  Secondly, the Allied forces landed in Bayeux on June 6, 1944 which ultimately led to the liberation of France from Nazi rule.  Bayeux was the first French town to be liberated by the Allies. 

There are some excellent museums in Bayeux which detail events of both invasions.  Bayeux is also a useful base for exploring some of the D-day beaches on the Cote de Nacre.

What to See - Bayeux Attractions

Bayeux War Cemetery
blvd Fabien Ware, Bayeux 14400
the largest of the 18 or so war cemetries in Normandy
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)2 21 21 77 00

Musee Memorial 1944 Bataille de Normandie
90 blvd Fabien Ware, Bayeux 14400
Bayeux's comprehensive war museum with lifelike scenes from the D-Day landings
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 51 46 90

Normandy Tours
Hotel de la Gare, Bayeux 14400
visit the D-day beaches including Longues-sur-Mer, Arromanches, Omaha beach plus other D-day sites
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 92 10 70

Cathedrale Notre Dame
Place de la Liberte, Bayeux 14400
Bayeux's prestigious cathedral known for its Norman Gothic architecture
| Opening Times: Daily

Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
rue de Nesmond, Bayeux 14400
visit this medieval masterpiece which is over 70m long and recounts the Norman invasion of the British Isles
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Nov | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 51 25 50

Bus Fly Tours
25 rue des Cuisiniers, Bayeux 14400
a guided tour to the major D-day sites
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 22 00 08

American Military Cemetery
Colleville-sur-Mer, 17km NW of Bayeux 14400
containing the graves of some 9400 American soldiers
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Oct | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 51 62 00

Omaha & Juno Beaches
Cote de Nacre, 15km NW of Bayeux 14400
now popular with swimmers and bathers Omaha beach is where some of the most brutal took place during the Allied landings

Musee du Debarquement
Place du 6 Juin, Arromanches 14400
details the importance of Port Winston in the logistics of the D-Day landings
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mar-Sep | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 22 34 31

Centre Guillaume-le-Conquerant
Rue de Nesmond, Bayeux 14400
all you need to know about the Norman Conquest
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 51 25 50

Hotel du Doyen
Place de la Liberte, Bayeux 14400
a traditional Norman house with a collection of fine porcelain, lace and Italian & Flemish impressionist paintings
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 92 14 21

Conservatoire de la Dentelle
6 rue du Bienvenu, Bayeux 14400
pays hommage to Normandy's longstanding lace-making tradition
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mon-Sat | Tel: +33 (0)2 31 92 73 80