WW2 D-day tank, Normandy

WW2 historic sites

Bring history to life by visiting some of the historic sites in Normandy that have been preserved due to their importance in D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Remnants of the war can be found all around the region, whether its bunkers by the D-Day beaches or bullet marks left in churches as the Allied troops crossed Normandy towards central France. Larger sites such as gun batteries, German bunkers, bridges and more can be found, and are a fantastic way to learn about the past in the places where history was made.

Many of these larger historic sites have been turned into museums or have museums attached so that you can learn more about what happened at the site and to uncover more about the events of WW2 in France. Other monuments such as the Longues-sur-Mer gun battery, which still retains its original guns, are untouched and kept in the condition they were in at the end of the war. Open to the public, these sites are the best way to experience the history of this area and its importance in the war first-hand.

Historic places still standing today

LONGUES-SUR-MER GUN BATTERY

Visit the Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery and let history stand still. The battery atop these 65m high cliffs is the only one on the Atlantic Wall to retain its original guns.

BATTERIE D'AZEVILLE

The Azeville battery with its 4 Schneider cannons was at the heart of the action during the D-Day Landings on Utah Beach in June 1944. Explore the 350m of underground passages using an audioguide and see a film about the...

PEGASUS MEMORIAL

Just a short drive from the ferry port at Caen, the British attack on Pegasus Bridge in the early hours of June 6th was crucial to the success of Operation Overlord. The bridge spanned the Caen Canal, a vital supply and...

MUSÉE DE LA BATTERIE DE CRISBECQ

The Crisbecq artillery battery was built in 1942 by the Todt organisation and has placements for 21-cm Skoda guns.

LE VAL YGOT

The home of a V1 flying bomb launching site, Le Val Ygot is located at the heart of the Eawy Forest.

SITE FORTIFIÉ HILLMAN

The Site Fortifié Hillman, or Hillman Bunker, is a 24 hectare site made up of 18 concrete bunkers connected by underground trenches.

LE GRAND BUNKER - MUSEE DU MUR DE L'ATLANTIQUE

Le Grand Bunker - Musée du Mur de l'Atlantique is a fascinating museum inside the German bunker at Ouistreham which has been recreated inside to look as it would have done on D-Day.

MERVILLE GUN BATTERY

The Merville Gun Battery was one of the primary objectives for the 6th Airborne Division who landed in the night to silence German guns and seize bridges before the arrival of the D-Day landings in the morning of 6th June 1944...

BATTERIE DE MAISY

Forgotten for the past 60 years, the Batterie de Maisy was an integral part of the German Atlantic Wall around the Utah and Omaha beaches.

MUSÉE À CIEL OUVERT

The Musée à Ciel Ouvert, or open sky museum, is a 50km circuit around Sainte-Mère-Eglise and Utah Beach covering 10 important sites that were key places in the D-Day landings.

BATTERIES DU MONT CANISY

Overlooking the sea from a height of 110m, Mont Canisy is an important site where 2 batteries built by the French Navy from 1935 to 1940 were taken and extended by the Germans.

Plan your D-Day trip

Let us take you straight into the heart of Normandy with our popular sailings from Portsmouth to Caen as well as sailings from Portsmouth and Poole to Cherbourg.

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The walls of Intra-Muros around St Malo from the marina © Shutterstock

PORTSMOUTH TO FRANCE FERRIES

Aerial view of Poole harbour, from where Brittany Ferries sail to Cherbourg, France

POOLE TO FRANCE FERRIES

External view of a Gite

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