A very picturesque old fishing port at the mouth of the Seine, Honfleur was a mecca for nineteenth century artists such as Boudin and Pissarro.
Watch today’s painters and pleasure craft around the ‘Vieux Bassin’ and dine at delightful quayside restaurants. Visitors also head for the fifteenth/sixteenth century Church of Sainte-Catherine, the largest wooden church in France.
The world famous Bayeux Tapestry graphically details not just the Battle of Hastings but also many of the significant events leading up to the invasion of England in 1066.
Historic Bayeux also has fine medieval buildings, the magnificent Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum. Bayeux is also home to professional lacemakers, and has a great Saturday market.
Located in Cherbourg’s historic Transatlantic Terminal, within walking distance of the ferryport port and Cherbourg town centre, this vast complex is dedicated to the ocean. View the displays dedicated to underwater exploration, visit ‘Le Redoubtable’, the world’s largest submarine open to the public, and marvel at the huge salt-water aquariums containing over 3,500 fish.
Within easy reach of Ouistreham, the Brittany Ferries port for Caen, Le Memorial de Caen is a thought-provoking museum for peace using film and audiovisual displays to give a history of war from 1918 to the present day. Child-friendly, with lovely gardens, it is a most interesting end to a ‘landing beaches’ tour.
Famous as the place of Joan of Arc’s martyrdom, the historic city port of Rouen on the River Seine is also where William the Conqueror died in 1087. It offers visitors fine buildings, the great Notre-Dame Cathedral, the church of Saint-Ouen where Joan of Arc was sentenced to death, plus a wealth of museums including the Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum and the Flaubert Musem. And, of course, Rouen has superb shopping and restaurants.
Monet’s house and stunning gardens, including the famous Japanese bridge, inspired many of the artist’s most famous impressionist works. Popular with visitors, arrive early to avoid the crowds and leave time to visit the Museum of American Art nearby.
Visit this museum for guided tours in English on the history of Alencon lace-making for more than 4 centuries. The most elaborate of all French lace, used in traditional costume, and which remained a major French industry until the nineteenth century.
Museum of archaeology and ethnography from all over the world located in the library and botanical garden of the 19th century astronomer Emmanuel Liais.
Museum of paintings, graphic works and books from some great names including Cocteau, Colette, Dufy, Genet, Picasso and Utrillo.
Museum dedicated to the world renowned fashion designer, Christian Dior located in his childhood home in Granville. Different exhibitions from May through to September each year.
Museum and planetarium on the Cherbourg peninsula. Interactive activities, excellent family visit.
The Normandie-Maine Regional Natural Park comprises some 257,000 hectares. Approximately 25% of the park is forest and woodland with oak, beech and chestnuts. As you would expect, there is plenty of wildlife including wild boar, roe deer and hares.
Chocolate museum taking you through the history of chocolate and the chocolate making process from bean to finished product.