A region known for its produce of rustic cheeses and ciders in its pretty rural areas, Normandy has an important history from William the Conqueror to WW2 with a dramatic coastline that includes the D-Day Landings beaches, stylish beach resorts and the stunning Mont St Michel.
With our ports in Caen, Cherbourg and Le Havre, Normandy couldn't be easier to reach, or more rewarding when you get there. Stylish beach resorts, a wealth of major historical sites, fabulous countryside, and the most delicious seafood imaginable are just a few of the many attractions that will all vie for your attention.
With a long, dramatic stretch of beautiful coastline and superb attractions, from the picturesque harbour of Honfleur to the magnificent Gothic abbey of Mont St Michel this region has long been a favourite with British holidaymakers.
Inland has a landscape patterned with grand châteaux, fine parks and gardens, half-timbered houses and sleepy villages that come to life with colourful fêtes in the summer. For those keen on outdoor pursuits the Suisse Normande area is ideal - its lush countryside, rocky crags and deep river gorges are very scenic and perfect for kayaking, climbing, mountain biking and walking.Read more
Normandy is steeped in history too; Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches and the war museums at Ste Mère Eglise and Arromanches are all poignant reminders of the famous D-Day landings of World War II. Or visit the bustling city of Caen with William the Conqueror's Abbaye aux Hommes and Bayeux with its tapestry which depicts a very intriguing tale of the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Take a look at our new D-Day guide and infographic to discover more about D-Day and the liberation of Normandy.
Cuisine of Normandy
The famous cheeses of Camembert, Livarot and Pont l'Evêque. Excellent butter and cream. Andouille de Vire, a regional pork sausage. Mouth-watering apples.
What's on the menu?
Dishes 'à la normande', meat or fish cooked in a delicious Normandy cream sauce. Marmite dieppoise, a hearty fish stew served piping hot accompanied by chips or crusty bread. Tarte normande, a tasty apple tart.
What to drink
Calvados, an apple brandy often taken as an apéritif. Pommeau, a potent mix of cider or apple juice and calvados.
Why visit Normandy?
- Historic Bayeux Tapestry
- Beautiful abbey of Mont St Michel
- D-Day landing beaches and museums
- Cider, cheeses and rich, creamy dishes
Getting to Normandy
Download our D-Day Guide App
Download our D-Day Guide App for iPhones or iPads which gives a comprehensive history of events surrounding D-Day with photos, maps and GPS data to find all the sites of interest.
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Cider and calvados guides
Sawday's Special Places to Stay has produced these fantastic visual guides to explain all about Normandy's favourite drinks - cider and calvados.
Pick a guide to your top tipple!
Learn about the different types of cider and what regional dishes they taste best with in the essential cider manual.
And, find out what kind of calvados drinker you are and how to taste this famous brandy by asking what is calvados?
Places in Normandy
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Mont St Michel
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Attractions in Normandy
Claude Monet's Garden
Take a wander through Claude Monet's spectacular gardens where…
Tapisserie de Bayeux
The famous Bayeux Tapestry depicts the events of the Norman…
Le Mémorial de Caen
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