Discover Bayeux

Capital of the D-Day landing beaches, but also a city in the countryside, Bayeux is located in the heart of an agricultural area renowned for its protected natural environment.

It is also a unique city with an exceptionally preserved heritage. Its famous Bayeux Tapestry, a masterpiece of Romanesque art from the 10th century, is classified as a Memory of the World by UNESCO. This astonishing woolen embroidery on linen canvas tells the extraordinary story of William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, and his accession to the throne of England in 1066. It is preserved in the Bayeux Tapestry Museum.
From June to August 1944, the city of Bayeux played out its destiny: the reconquest of freedom. Bayeux, the capital of the D-Day landing beaches and home to the moving British military cemetery, naturally strives to give an account of these events and their implications through its Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum. This museum pays a vibrant tribute to the men of all nations who fought for freedom. You can also visit the War Reporters Memorial.

Bayeux, a city full of treasures, is also renowned for its creations in the fields of lace and porcelain and for its important collection of works of art exhibited in the Baron Gérard Museum. This art museum, which is dedicated to the history of the city, is devoted to the enhancement of the city's architectural heritage.

Also worth a visit is the Cathedral with its Romanesque and Gothic styles, which for eight centuries was home to the Bayeux Tapestry.

Let yourself be drawn into the intimacy of the narrow streets of the medieval city where timber-framed houses and manor houses from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, elegant private mansions.