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Top Choice Tapestry in Bayeux

Bayeux Tapestry

The world’s most celebrated embroidery depicts the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066 from an unashamedly Norman perspective. Commissioned by Bishop Odo of Bayeux, William’s half-brother, for the o…
Top Choice Museum in Bayeux

Musée d’Art et d’Histoire Baron Gérard

This is one of France’s most gorgeously presented provincial museums. The exquisite exhibitions cover everything from Gallo-Roman archaeology to medieval art to paintings from the Renaissance to the 20th century, in…
Cathedral in Bayeux

Cathédrale Notre Dame

Most of Bayeux’ spectacular Norman Gothic cathedral dates from the 13th century, though the crypt (take the stairs on the north side of the choir), the arches of the nave and the lower parts of the entrance towers a…
Cemetery in Bayeux

Bayeux War Cemetery

The largest of the 18 Commonwealth military cemeteries in Normandy, this peaceful cemetery contains 4848 graves of soldiers from the UK and 10 other countries, including a few from Germany. Across the road is a memo…
Museum in Bayeux

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 the Battle of Normandy. The 25-minute film is screened in both French and English…
Museum in Bayeux

Conservatoire de la Dentelle

Lacemaking, brought to Bayeux by nuns in 1678, once employed 5000 people. The industry is long gone, but at the Conservatoire you can watch some of France’s most celebrated lacemakers create intricate designs using …
Memorial in Bayeux

Mémorial des Reporters

This landscaped promenade, a joint project of the City of Bayeux and Reporters Without Borders (http://en.rsf.org), lists the names of over 2000 journalists killed in the line of duty around the world since 1944. Si…