Gold Beach

Landmarks and Historic Buildings

From a British perspective, a good place to start your tour is the small village of Arromanches, just a few miles away from Bayeux. This is Gold Beach, where the British 50th Infantry Division landed. The defending Germans were set up in houses along the coast that were bombarded with air strikes and naval gunfire but the Longues-sur-Mer gun battery was not far away. The high tide meant that the demolition engineers couldn't clear the beaches and several landing boats carrying tanks in the first wave of landings struck mines. Once landed, the British troops faced an ineffective German infantry defence after the shore bombardments earlier in the morning.

The guns at Longues-sur-Mer were put out of action during a duel with HMS Ajax and 47 Commando passed west of the town and on towards Port-en-Bessin. By the evening, 25,000 troops had landed on the beach and the British had linked up with the Canadians at Juno Beach. However, the objective of linking up with the Americans at Omaha on their other side had not been achieved due to the destructions the American forces suffered there.

Gold Beach is known for the harbour constructed by the Allies when they landed - Mulberry B. 7 miles long when it was created, remains of the armour still exist today and are clearly visible from the beach. The town's D-Day museum, the Musée du d'Ébarquement, features a wealth of photographs, original equipment, and an excellent and informative film show. The Arromanches 360 Cinema is also nearby, showing a high definition film using archive footage of the D-Day Landings and the battle of Normandy. The beach itself is a beautiful stretch of golden sand that is enjoyed by locals, as well as a spot for contemplation.

Take a look at our new D-Day guide and infographic to discover more about D-Day and the liberation of Normandy.

Places to visit nearby

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

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.

Nearby attractions

The Musée du Débarquement was the first museum built to commemorate D-Day and the Normandy Campaign and overlooks the remains of the Mulberry B Harbour.

The Arromanches 360 cinema is an immersive experience with 9 screens showing a high definition film with archive footage of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy.

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.