Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

Bayeux
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

You don't have to be American to be moved by the scale, the beauty, and the story of courage and sacrifice that lies behind the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, overlooking Omaha Beach.

Spend time at the visitor centre to hear the story of the battles for Omaha and Utah Beach. Personal accounts, photos, films, interactive displays and a variety of artefacts help to explain the history of the battles, and portray the bravery and sacrifice of the Allied soldiers fighting here.

As you exit the centre, you can see the tranquil beach below the clifftop, the path winding gently uphill through a beautifully landscaped park dotted with pine trees. The memorial itself has some 9400 gleaming white marble crosses and a sprinkling of Stars of David commemorating those that fell.

 

Nearby attractions

The Overlord Museum is a brand new museum, opened in June 2013, dedicated to June 6th 1944 and the Battle of Normandy.

Visiting the beach today, it is difficult to imagine what faced the Allieds when they landed on this picturesque golden beach.

Discover some of the vestiges of the D-Day Landings that have been brought up from the seabed including personal belongings that were found inside the sunken warships from the 6th of June.

Standing right at the tip of this rugged clifftop, the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial was originally erected by the French in honour of the American Second Ranger Battalion.

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.