Normandy Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Normandy - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Rouen 11

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Bayeux 5

Les Andelys 4

The D-Day Beaches 4

Sainte-Mere-Église 2

Arromanches-les-Bains 2

Le Havre 2

Cherbourg 2

St-Lo 2

Fecamp 2

Granville 1

Mont-St-Michel 1

Honfleur 1

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Abbaye aux Dames

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Founded in 1059 by William the Conqueror's wife, Matilda, the Abbaye aux Dames was rebuilt in the 18th century; it then served as a hospital...

Abbaye aux Hommes

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Caen's finest church, of cathedral proportions, is part of the Abbaye aux Hommes, built by William the Conqueror from local Caen stone...

Château Ducal

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The ruins of William the Conqueror's fortress, built in 1060 and sensitively restored after the war, loom on a mound ahead of St-Étienne.

Hôtel d'Escoville

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A good place to begin exploring Caen is the Hôtel d'Escoville, a stately mansion in the city center built by wealthy merchant Nicolas...

Musée de Normandie

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Set in a mansion built for the castle governor, this museum is dedicated to regional arts such as ceramics and sculpture. Some local...

Musée des Beaux-Arts

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Within the castle's walls, the Musée des Beaux-Arts is a heavyweight among France's provincial fine arts museums. Its old-masters collection...

Mémorial de Caen

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An imaginative museum erected in 1988 on the north side of the city, the Mémorial is a must-see if you're interested in World War II...

Pegasus Bridge

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Early on June 6, 1944, the British 6th Airborne Division landed by glider and captured Pegasus Bridge (named for the division's emblem,...


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Across the square, beneath a 240-foot spire, the late-Gothic church of St-Pierre is a riot of ornamental stonework. It's open for visits...