Bayeux (14 Calvados, Normandie) is famous for its norman tapestry – and more recently its proximity to the Normandy landing beaches of 1944.
The tapestry is now housed in a museum (Musée de Guillaume le Conquerant) in the Medieval heart of the town. It is open daily throughout the year. The tapestry is now recognised as a UNESCO “Memory of the World” and is 70 metres long, made in the 11th century. It celebrates the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
“Legendary animals, ships, Vikings, Norman and Saxon cavalries illustrate the exploits of William and his opponent Harold, another pretender to the throne of England.”
For more about the Tapestry see www.tapisserie-bayeux.fr
There are a number of events which make it even more worthwhile to visit :-
Every year Bayeux holds a D-Day Festival, from 25 May – 16 June 2019 . On the night of the 5/6 June there is a celebration of the arrival of the invasion with music and fireworks at nearby Longues-sur-Mer. On 7th June there is a whole series of parades of military and other vehicles from the time, plus a picnic in the park with music. The festival celebrates the fact that Bayeux was the first French city to be liberated! see http://bayeux-bessin-tourisme.com
Then in July Bayeux hosts its impressive Medieval Festival with lots of colourful activities. Knights and damsels in medieval costume will be there with a medieval market, street performers, music, dancing concerts, and parades 5 – 7 July 2019 – see http://bayeux-bessin-tourisme.com
In November 10-11 November 2018 the place celebrates the Festival “Le Gout du Large” . This is a festival to celebrate scallops (Coquilles St Jacques) – see Gout du Large
Between Bayeux and Arromanches you can stay in a B&B in an 18th-century chateau with a botanical garden, Château de la Ferrière