Local Area Information

There are so many things to do in and around Bayeux it is difficult to know where to begin.  However, Bayeux is most famous for it's tapestry, telling the story of the build-up from 1064,  to the Battle of Hastings in 1066 between King Harold of England and Duke William of Normandy who because King William I of England but was better known as William the Conqueror.  

Opening hours and entrance fees to the three main museums in Bayeux are provided in the apartments

Tapestry Museum

The tapestry is now classes as a UNESCO Memory of the World and is housed in it's own purpose-designed museum.

Battle of Normandy Museum

This is located just across the road from the main British War Cemetery in Normandy and tells the story of D-Day and the battle for Normandy from 7th June to 29th August 1944.

Musée d'Arte et d'Histoire Baron Gerard

Houses in the Bishop's Palace adjacent to the cathedral this museum tells the history of European art from Roman archaeology to modern art.

Conservatoire de la Dentelle

Bayeux is famous for it's lace-making and this is the official base for lace-making classes and displaying lace from the region.  It is possible to take week-long courses in lace-making on site.

Cathedral

The cathedral was consecrated in July 1077 and is open daily from 8.30am-7pm.  Mass is held every Sunday at 10.30am and there are daily guided tours in July and August.  In December there is the most fantastic son et lumiere show of the tapestry projected onto the walls of the cathedral, which is free to all.

D-Day Festival - June

The D-Day Festival runs from 25th May to 16th June 2019 when there are plenty of events, talks, films, parades, fairs and exhibitions pertaining to D-Day.  From around the 2nd to the 8th June, the area is visited by 100s of WWII military vehicle enthusiasts, dressed in uniforms of the period, military encampments along the coast, military fairs and various commemoration services, including those at the US cemetery and the British Cemetery in Bayeux on 6th June.

Fete de la Musique - June

Bayeux is filled with musicians and bands, playing in bars and on the street on the 21st June.  Many restaurants have special "Fete dela Musique" menus with tables and chairs in the street to enjoy the music.

Medieval Festival - July

The first weekend in July is always super fun in Bayeux.  Many people dressed in medieval costumes, street artists and performers, medieval craftsmen exhibiting their skills around the cathedral and a fantastic market on Saturday and Sunday selling Green Man sculptures, medieval pies, tarts and sweet treats, jewelry, costumes, stonework.  There are also several stalls selling food and a huge BBQ of lamb and pork.

L'Arbre de la Liberté - July and August

Tuesday, Thurday and Saturday nights from dusk there is the most amazing son et lumiere show displayed on the trunk of the Liberty Tree (planted in 1797) next to the cathedral. It tells stories of liberty from the French Revolution, through WW2, Flower Power, the story of Martin Luther King.  On these nights the cathedral is open until 22.30.

Port en Bessin Night Market and Fireworks - July and August

Every Friday night in July and August there is a street market in Port en Bessin, starting at 6.30pm and culminating in a spectacular firework display on the harbour at 11pm.