Château de Balleroy

Bayeux
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

Built in 1631, this charming château has undergone extensive restoration & refurbishment since its purchase by Malcolm S Forbes in 1970. Guided tours show the richly furnished interior. In the outer courtyard is the International Balloon Museum where pictures, miniatures, collectables and documents tell the history of ballooning. There's also a shop with a choice of gifts and memorabilia, and a tea room.

Nearby attractions

This huge complex of underground slate mines was abandoned a century ago and is now a site of exceptional natural beauty housing Europe's most famous private collection of giant crystals & precious stones.

Standing opposite the Museum of the Battle of Normandy and the Bayeux Memorial, the Bayeux War Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in France.

Standing opposite the British War Cemetery, the Bayeux Memorial is inscribed with the names of over 1,800 men who lost their lives in the early stages of the Normandy Campaign.

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.

Places to visit nearby

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

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.

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.