Cathédrale Notre Dame
Most of Bayeux' spectacular Norman Gothic cathedral dates from the 13th century, though the crypt (accessible from the north side of the...
Conservatoire de la Dentelle
This workshop is dedicated to the preservation of traditional Norman lacemaking, and you can watch some of France's most celebrated...
Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie
Using well-chosen photos, personal accounts, dioramas and wartime objects, this first-rate museum offers an excellent introduction to...
A laid-back pub with a tropical vibe and internet access.
Housed in a late-1400s mansion composed of stone walls and big wooden beams, this atmospheric restaurant specialises in Normandy staples...
rue de Nesmond · interesting places nearby
Bayeux Tapestry information
The world's most celebrated embroidery recounts the conquest of England from an unashamedly Norman perspective. Fifty-eight scenes fill the central canvas, and religious allegories and illustrations of everyday 11th-century life fill the borders. The final showdown at the Battle of Hastings is depicted in graphic fashion, complete with severed limbs and decapitated heads (along the bottom of scene 52); Halley's Comet, which blazed across the sky in 1066, appears in scene 32. Scholars believe the 68.3m-long tapestry was commissioned by Bishop Odo of Bayeux, William the Conquerer's half-brother, for the opening of Bayeux' cathedral in 1077.