Bayeux’s past seems, in many ways, to be defined by war. From the famous tapestry depicting events dating to the Norman conquest of England to its proximity to the famous World War II D-Day landing beaches. While it’s impossible to forget these sullen events, Bayeux is anything but gloomy.
Today, it’s a picturesque town that attracts historians and tourists from all over the world. The charming old town, that miraculously come out of World War II unharmed, is lovely and home to a famous wooden water wheel. Taste the local Norman cuisine at one of the city’s many delicious restaurants.
Bayeux is naturally the perfect town for history buffs. Visit the landing beaches, the war cemetery and the numerous museums to learn all about the region’s past and role it played throughout history.
Prepare your visit to Bayeux
When to visit Bayeux
We definitely recommend avoiding winter for a trip to Bayeux, unless you don’t mind the cold! Weather is best from June to September, especially if you are planning on visiting the D-Day beaches. The spring and fall are also nice times to visit, but it can get cold and there is often rain.
How long is needed to visit Bayeux
We recommend spending a full day in Bayeux. You can spend the morning discovering the town and grab lunch at one of Bayeux’s great restaurants. Use the afternoon to go out on a tour of the D-Day beaches or explore the Norman countryside. It’s home to some lovely boutique hotels and is an ideal place to spend the night during your time in Normandy.
What should I wear to visit Bayeux
Bayeux is a pretty relaxed town so there is no specific dress code required. We recommend dressing for comfort and especially for the season. Being on the coast, it can get chilly at night or if there is wind. Bring layers if you’re going to visit the D-Day beaches.
What is there to see in Bayeux
It’s hard to miss the Notre Dame Cathedral of Bayeux. Sanctified in 1077 in the presence of William the Conqueror, the massive structure combines medieval and gothic architecture. It was the setting for the oath taken by Harold II that he would marry William’s daughter. An oath that would later be broken and set the stage for the Battle of Hastings.
Bayeux is just a few kilometers from the famous D-Day landing beaches. The museum located at Gold Beach recounts the events and the role the beaches played in WWII. For history buffs, we do recommend one of the many guided tours offered. Knowledgeable, local guides can expertly explain the events and impact on both a local and international level. These historic beaches are a must-see during your trip.
The Bayeux War Cemetery is the largest cemetery in France dedicated to commonwealth soldiers who lost their lives in WWII. With over 4,500 graves, this solemn site is a tribute to the area’s history and pays respect to the thousands who fought in the conflict. Visit the area to pay respects or remember the events that took place here.