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A medieval treasure in the heart of Normandy, full of beautiful architecture, narrow cobbled streets and superb market squares

Bayeux is a city proud of its ancient religious heritage and many old houses and mansions which were built between the 15th and 18th centuries. Of course, Bayeux is most famous for the elaborate and well-preserved Bayeux Tapestry masterpiece.Celebrating the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy, this linen canvas was embroidered after the Battle of Hastings on October 14th, 1066, probably in a monastery in the south of England.

Is there a local speciality?

This is Calvados country. Calvados is a well known, locally produced apple brandy.

Any good activities around?

Take a walk to a local Calvados distillery. Try to avoid staggering back, please.

When's market day?

On Wednesdays and Saturdays, Bayeux holds food markets where you can buy the local specialities - cheese, cider or Calvados.

Interesting town fact

Attracting several million tourists each year, the Bayeux Tapestry is a 70m long embroidered linen which recounts the dramatic story of the Normal invasion. It’s the only pictorial record of William the Conqueror's invasion in 1066 which led to him becoming King of England. You can see the Tapestry in all its glory at the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

Dates for the diary

6th - 7th July: 'Fêtes Médiévales', Bayeux, Calvados
The streets of the medieval town come alive with medieval performances

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16th July - 31st Aug: 'Rendez-vous à la Cathédrale', Bayeux, Calvados
Sound and light show around the cathedral, at dusk

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Bayeux tourist board