We only spent half a day here stopping for lunch then wandering around the Cathedral and the Tapestry. The cathedral towers over the area and the architecture inside is definitely worth a look with beautifully detailed murals and haunting crypts. The tapestry is certainly intriguing and impressive at 70 metres long. The amount of hours that must have gone into it must have been crazy. Inside it is very dimly lit, so take care not to bump into anyone. You’ll want to use the audio guide as it explains each of the scenes in detail as you walk around, which takes approximately 15-20 minutes. Also visit the second floor for exhibits depicting life during that period and replicas of Viking armor and ships. Something I didn’t realise and completely missed and found out later 🙄
- Bayeux Tapestry is 70 metres (or 230 ft) in length and is protected by UNESCO.
- The cathedral is also the original home of the Bayeux Tapestry, before the dedicated museum.
- The river Aure flows through Bayeux.
- Bayeux is twinned with Dorchester, England, United Kingdom.
On 6 June 1944, 160,000 Allied troops, supported by almost 7000 naval vessels, stormed ashore along the coast just north of town. Bayeux was the first French town to be liberated (on the morning of 7 June 1944) and is one of the few places in Calvados to have survived WWII practically unscathed.
- Baron Gérard Museum
- Battle of Normandy museum
- Bayeux Tapestry
- Botanical Gardens
- Lacemaking museum
- Memorial Museum
- Notre-Dame Cathedral of Bayeux
- Old Town
- Saturday morning market in the Saint Patrice Square.
- Le moulin de la Galette
Most of the town can be navigated by foot even with a wheeled suitcase. However the old town or sometimes signposted ‘downtown’, the streets are narrow and uneven and often cobblestone or similar.
- Bus, FlixBus offers transport from Paris to Caen. From Caen, you can take a 15-minute bus or train ride to Bayeux.
- Car, Bayeux is under 3 hours from Paris., and in 35 minutes from the Channel ferry port at Caen / (services from Portsmouth, UK) Parking is available in Parc d’Omano close to the centre of town, however, it can be hard to find an empty spot.
- Train, Bayeux can be reached by direct train services from Paris Saint-Lazare station, in just over 2 hours; and from Cherbourg in just under an hour.
- If you are visiting Bayeux late November through December, the tourism office hosts a free 30-minute “Tapestry of Bayeux” light show in the cathedral on Saturday evenings.
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