D-Day Beaches attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Longues-sur-Mer

Longues-sur-Mer Battery

These mammoth German artillery pieces remain in their colossal concrete emplacements – the only in-situ large-calibre weapons in Normandy. The first emplacement, as you walk west, was damaged by allied bombing (it i…
Memorial in Omaha Beach

Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial

White marble crosses and Stars of David stretch off in seemingly endless rows at the Normandy American Cemetery, situated on a now-serene bluff overlooking the bitterly contested sands of Omaha Beach. The visitor ce…
Museum in Omaha Beach

Overlord Museum

This excellent museum has an astonishing collection of restored WWII military equipment from both sides; the human dimension of the war is brought movingly to life with photos, audio clips, letters and personal stor…
Memorial in D-Day Beaches

Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial

At 7.10am on 6 June 1944, 225 US Army Rangers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel James Earl Rudder scaled the impossibly steep, 30m-high cliffs of Pointe du Hoc. Their objective was to disable five 155mm German…
Museum in Juno Beach

Juno Beach Centre

Juno Beach’s only specifically Canadian museum, the nonprofit Juno Beach Centre, has multimedia exhibits on Canada’s role in the war effort and the landings; at the time of writing, the temporary collection displaye…
Museum in Arromanches-les-Bains

Musée du Débarquement

Down in Arromanches itself and right on the beach, the Musée du Débarquement makes for a very informative stop before visiting the beaches. Dioramas, models and two films explain the logistics and importance of the …
Theatre in Arromanches-les-Bains

Arromanches 360° Circular Cinema

The best view of Port Winston and nearby Gold Beach is from the hill east of town, site of the popular Arromanches 360° Circular Cinema, which screens archival footage of the Battle of Normandy every half-hour (on t…
Ruins in Arromanches-les-Bains

Mulberry Harbours Caissons

The harbour established at Omaha was completely destroyed by a ferocious gale (the worst storm to lash the Normandy coast in four decades) just two weeks after D-Day, but the impressive remains of three dozen caisso…
Museum in Utah Beach

Musée du Débarquement de Utah Beach

This impressive museum is a few kilometres inland from the US landings at Utah Beach. Guided tours of the museum and of the landing site can be arranged by advanced notice (€12 per person).
Cemetery in Juno Beach

Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery

The Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery is 4km south of Courseulles-sur-Mer near Reviers.