Bayeux travel guide

About Bayeux

Bayeux in Normandy is a beautiful medieval city, brimming with history, and is the home of the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

The main reason visitors come to Bayeux is often the Bayeux Tapestry, showcasing the victory of William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, but the city has far more to offer. The Bayeux Cathedral, (Cathédrale Notre Dame de Bayeux) is an incredible work of architecture whose lace-like spires tower above the city. The medieval part of the city is full of half-timber houses spread along narrow cobbled streets and it is best discovered by taking a walk beside the canals with their pretty water mills.  

Visit the Jardins du Botanique de Bayeux, the local botanical gardens with its famous Weeping Beech tree. The shops and streets of Bayeux are also decorated with flowers enticing visitors into the shops. In Bayeux you'll find some brilliant antiques shops and art galleries as well as fantastic stores selling Norman produce such as cider and cheese. If you're looking for a local delicacy then why not try some cochon de Bayeux, the pork of the local Bayeux breed of pigs.

Nearby are the Normandy Landing beaches and Bayeux's British War Cemetery and Museum of the Battle of Normandy are a moving place to begin a World War 2 themed visit to Normandy. You can also discover more about William the Conqueror by visiting Caen, Normandy's capital that is close by, and the home of his majestic Abbaye aux Hommes.

Why visit Bayeux?

  • The Bayeux Tapestry
  • The Cathedral
  • The Medieval Architecture
  • The British War Cemetery
  • Normandy Landing Beaches


  • Country: France
  • Region: Normandy
  • Department: Calvados
  • Population: 13,500
  • Coordinates: 49.277493,-0.703554

Coordinates shown are based on the WGS84 system, please check driving directions before departing.

Places to visit nearby

Caen, in Normandy, is one of the oldest university towns in France. Bustling with activity, it is a vibrant and attractive city on the River Orne.

Carentan in Normandy is a quaint town surrounded by vast wetlands and marshes teeming with wildlife - but it is most famous as the site of the Battle of Carentan during the Battle of Normandy in WW2.

Falaise in Normandy has rich history as the birthplace of William the Conqueror and the battlefield of the WW2 Falaise Pocket battle, and is surrounded by beautiful, peaceful countryside.

Nearby attractions

This splendid cathedral is a magnificent example of Gothic architecture. Originally built to a Romanesque design in the 11th century, very little of the original architecture remains as it has been rebuilt over time.

The famous Bayeux Tapestry depicts the events of the Norman Conquest of England and is believed to have been created for Odo, the Bishop of Bayeux, in England.

Bayeux was the first town liberated during the Battle of Normandy in 1944 and it is fittingly the home of a Museum dedicated to the Battle that raged for over 2 months across the region.