Normandy is steeped in European history, but alongside signature attractions such as Mont St Michel, the Bayeux Tapestry and the D-Day Landing beaches it offers dramatic coastal landscapes, sleepy French villages and some wonderfully atmospheric old cities. Add to that its proximity to the UK and you can see why it’s an ideal destination for a few days away in
Why visit Normandy?
Normandy has something for everyone. From breathtaking medieval abbeys to Monet’s garden at Giverny, poignant D-Day Landing beaches to fine French cuisine.
For such a relatively small region, Normandy has played a huge part in European history. William the Conqueror was born here and the largest military operation in history – the D-Day Landings – took place on its shores.
Getting to Normandy is easy from the UK. Cross from
Dover to Dunkirk or Calais
and you can access Normandy via the excellent French motorway network.
Alternatively, take one of our crossings from
Newhaven to Dieppe
and save yourself the drive!
What to see
Mont St Michel is one of Normandy’s most celebrated attractions. With its tall walls and elegant spires sweeping upwards to the sky, it’s an exquisite sight, especially when lit up at night.
Built on a tiny granite island just off the coast, Mont St Michel is the second-most visited site after the D-Day Landing beaches and a listed UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site.
The Bayeux Tapestry is the world’s most famous piece of embroidery. It tells the tale of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066, and was commissioned by William’s brother for the opening of Bayeux Cathedral in 1077.
Its 58 panels are incredibly detailed. Alongside battle scenes there are depictions of everyday 11th century life. You can even see Halley’s Comet streaking across the sky in one panel - it did indeed pass by in 1066!
There are a number of Battlefields Tours and self-drive itineraries that highlight Normandy’s most significant and important battle sites. Alternatively, follow the famous Cider Route past orchards, half-timbered farmhouses and picturesque French villages – a great way to experience the rural, rustic heart of the region.
History is everywhere, but Normandy is also renowned for its fabulous cuisine. Shaped and flavoured by its own coast and countryside, Normandy’s cheese, cider, fresh fish and seafood are among the best in France.
Where to stay
There’s everything from grand hotels to comfortable and great value campsites in this region of France. Check out our partner
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