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For the historian as well as the curious traveler, the WWII battle sites along the coast of Normandy can be a powerful draw. However, in the interest of time, many choose to stick to the more popular memorials and museums of Omaha and Utah Beaches. But by heading east from Bayeux instead of west, one hits a veritable jackpot of sites, memorials and museums dedicated to D-Day, but are blessedly under-visited.

It can be easy to pass through the sleepy coastal towns of Ouistreham and Lion-sur-Mer and forget that anything as monumental as the D-Day landings happened here. But the pristine beaches you see were filled with British soldiers on that fateful day, sent in to shore up this flank and take care of some German bunkers as well. And in just these few miles, there are roughly ten points of interest to discover. Here are the highlights of what not to miss when visiting the area from Bayeux.

First, there is the Grand Bunker Atlantic Wall Museum in Ouistreham. It's located inside the German headquarters that took three days to be secured by the British. The museum has taken great pains to recreate the bunker as it was at the time, down to the smallest detail, and within it is incorporated various exhibits and presentations about the Atlantic Wall and its importance in the Allies' victory.

To gain perspective on how the events at Sword Beach played into the overall D-Day landings, visit the Musée No. 4 Commando, also in Ouistreham. Here you will find a well laid-out story that takes you through the day and what followed as well. This is especially popular with British visitors, and is a powerful reminder to Americans that it was indeed Allied forces participating in D-Day. The town of  Ouistreham also has several monuments in honor of the fallen.

There are monuments, museums, and remnants from the war in Lion-sur-Mer, Hermanville-sur-Mer, and Douvres la Délivrande, as well as the Pegasus Bridge in Ranville. WWII buffs will know these places by heart; if you're not as knowledgeable, it really is best to take a guided tour, as many important sites can be easily overlooked by the untrained eye.
Address: Ouistreham, France
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Normandy Battlefields Day Trip: Omaha, Sword and the British Airborne SectorHistorical & Heritage Tours

Normandy Battlefields Day Trip: Omaha, Sword and the British Airborne Sector

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Follow in the footsteps of World War II soldiers on an insightful and moving tour of the Normandy battlefields from Bayeux. With a knowledgeable guide, visit significant sites like Pegasus Bridge, the Merville Battery Museum and the Hillman Bunker and delve into the intriguing history of D-Day and the turbulent battles that occurred. Admire the sandy stretch of Omaha Beach, the site of one of D-Day’s bloodiest battles, and pay tribute to fallen soldiers at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only eight people.
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Private Day Tour including Normandy Landing Beaches & Battlefields from BayeuxHistorical & Heritage Tours

Private Day Tour including Normandy Landing Beaches & Battlefields from Bayeux

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Discover the fascinating history behind the events of the 1944 Allied Invasion on a private full-day tour of Normandy from Bayeux. With an accomplished guide, delve into the tales of D-Day as you marvel at significant sites like the battlefields and landing beaches of Utah Beach and Sword Beach. Visit esteemed museums and moving cemeteries to enrich your knowledge of the historic events and admire the picturesque scenery of the famous French region. Customize the itinerary of the tour according to your interests and receive the undivided attention of your private guide throughout the day.
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Private Day Tour including Normandy Landing Beaches & Battlefields from CaenPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Day Tour including Normandy Landing Beaches & Battlefields from Caen

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Explore some of the most famous battlefields of World War II during this private Normandy tour from Caen. Visit the D-Day beaches, where Allied soldiers invaded northern France on June 6, 1944. See the landing beaches and battlefields of Normandy, pay homage to the fallen at national cemeteries and visit area museums. Your expert guide can personalize this private tour to suit your interests.
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Normandy Battlefields Tour - Sword Beach and the British Airborne SectorHistorical & Heritage Tours

Normandy Battlefields Tour - Sword Beach and the British Airborne Sector

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Discover the scenic beauty and historical richness of the Norman battlefields on a half-day tour of Sword Beach and the Hillman Bunkers from Bayeux. With a knowledgeable guide, enjoy a sensitive introduction to one of Europe’s most difficult periods and visit significant sites related to WWII. Browse intriguing exhibitions in the Merville Gun Battery and Museum; hear turbulent tales of the events that occurred on Sword Beach; and descend into the Hillman Bunkers to gain an understanding of the conflict that took place there. Pay tribute to fallen soldiers at the Commonwealth Military Cemeteries and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour.
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British Landing Beaches & Caen Discovery from ParisHistorical & Heritage Tours

British Landing Beaches & Caen Discovery from Paris

March into the British landing sector and cherish the lives of the men & women of the Royal Navy to whom have been lost fighting for the dependance of France.During your tour you will firstly discover Gold Beach where the landing took place on Le Hamel and La Rivier.Thereafter, you will continue onto Sword Beach where Operation Neptune of Operation overload occurred.Indulging a lunch at a typical Norman restaurant in Caen tasting the traditions of this memorable region. Shortly after, you will indulge a short walking tour of the small town. Pegasus Bridge build in 1934 to honour the operation which made the births conquer these parts gains the germans. The name is aligned with the British Airborne Forces emblem worn during that time.
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Private guided British D-Day Tour from BayeuxHistorical & Heritage Tours

Private guided British D-Day Tour from Bayeux

On this full day tour of the British sectors on D-Day, we will visit the following sites: Pegasus Bridge, Hillman strongpoint, Sword Beach, Gold Beach, Arromanches/Mulberry Harbour, Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery, British War Cemetery at Bayeux. At most sites there will be some free time for you to take photos, use restrooms or grab a coffee.
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