Bayeux medieval center contains cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and the towering, Norman-Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame. The famed 68-meter Tapisserie de Bayeux, an 11th-century tapestry depicting the 1066 Norman invasion of England, is on display in an 18th-century seminary.
Let yourself be surprised by the richness and charm of Bayeux thanks to the guided tours offered by the Tourist Office. You will discover all the secrets of a cathedral with intricately interwoven Romanesque and Gothic styles. Let yourself be drawn into the intimacy of the narrow streets of the medieval town where half-timbered houses and manor houses of the fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, elegant mansions and vast conventual houses of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, punctuate pleasant walks in the city.
The museum houses the famous Bayeux Tapestry, a 70-m long piece of embroidery which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The tapestry is embroidered in crewel (wool yarn) on a tabby-woven linen ground 68.38 metres long and using two methods of stitching: outline or stem stitch for lettering and the outlines of figures, and couching or laid work for filling in figures
Bayeux Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church, a national monument, it is the seat of the Bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux and was the original home of the Bayeux Tapestry. The cathedral is in the Norman-Romanesque architectural tradition. The site is an ancient one and was once occupied by Roman sanctuaries. The present cathedral was consecrated on 14 July 1077 in the presence of William, Duke of Normandy and King of England.
Other activities nearby include:
Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy.
A unique museum of 2,300 m2 enabling you to immerse yourself in the Battle of Normandy, from the preparation of D-Day to August 29th 1944.
Distance from campsite - 36km
Boulevard Maréchal Leclerc car park is free and just a five minute walk to center. Many other car parks close by.
Bayeux has a multitude of restaurants for the weary traveler. From Fine Dining to Fast Food. Avoid Sundays when many restaurants are closed.
The main area for shopping is the rue St Jean & rue Saint-Malo. Here you will find great little shops for the perfect souvenirs, porcelain and antiquities. Avoid Sundays when many shops are closed.
SOUS LES ÈTOILES NORMANDIE is a family run campsite in the village of St Martin des Besaces, Calvados, offering camping and caravanning. Perfectly situated for exploring the undulating picturesque countryside, tasting renowned cheeses, sampling sparkling cider and of course, the famous Calvados.