Bayeux Tapestry Tours

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The Bayeux Tapestry might be almost 1,000 years old, but it’s still one of the top tourist attractions in northern France. Housed in a purpose-built museum and depicting the infamous Norman invasion of England, its detailed needlework and impressive size draw hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the world every year.
 
The Basics
A UNESCO “Memory of the World,” the Bayeux Tapestry is a very rare object, one of few textiles to last almost 1,000 years. The 230-foot-long (70 meter) embroidered frieze shows William the Conqueror invading England, and the subsequent Battle of Hastings told from the point of view of the victorious Normans.
 
Since 1983, the tapestry has been displayed behind glass in a purpose-built, climate-controlled museum called Tapestry Museum (Musée de la Tapisserie), in central Bayeux. The colors and level of detail of the figures shown are remarkable when viewed up close, and make the tapestry a must-visit stop on guided tours of northern France.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entry to the Tapestry Museum is by paid ticket.
  • Discounts are available for students and seniors.
  • Audio guides can be rented at the reception desk.
  • The museum is wheelchair accessible.
  • Visitors can buy a combined ticket to see other museums in Bayeux.
 
How to Get There
The Tapestry Museum is located at 13B Rue de Nesmond in Bayeux, France. It’s accessible by car or as part of a guided tour that includes transport. Rail links join Bayeux with St.-Lazare station in Paris.
 
When to Get There
The museum is open seven days a week from February to December, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It closes for the whole month of January. From March to October, it is open from 9am–6:30pm (until 7pm in May–August). In November, December, and February, the museum closes every day for lunch, 12:30pm–2pm.
 
Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum
Also found in Bayeux is the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum that details the events leading up to and including the Normandy or “D-Day” landings. With a collection of military artifacts, including uniforms, guns, and armored vehicles, the museum recreates the events of August 1944 in vivid detail and will be of interest to visitors who want to learn more about the history of the Second World War.
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Address: Bayeux, France
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Private Tour to Bayeux, Honfleur and Pays d' Auge from Bayeux

Delve into Normandy's superb historical and culinary heritage on a private tour from Bayeux. Begin with a visit to Bayeux Cathedral and the iconic Bayeux Taperstry illustrating the story of William the Conqueror. Next continue onto Honfleur, a waterfront town that's filled with timber-framed houses and France's largest wooden church. It's colorful scenery was a favorite among Impressionist painters like Monet. Finally, save your appetite for Pays d' Auge, where you'll sample regional food and drink specialities like Cavados brandy and Camembert cheese. 
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Private Tour: Bayeux Sightseeing and Caen Day Trip from Bayeux

Delve into the rich history of Normandy on a private full-day tour of Bayeaux and Caen. Discover the historical highlights and cultural delights of Bayeux as you visit the Bayeux Tapestry Museum and its majestic cathedral, and then head to Caen to see the sights of the city home to William the Conqueror. Pay your respects at the historical figure's tomb in the Château de Caen, and visit the intriguing burial site at the Romanesque Abbey of St-Etienne. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour, the itinerary of which can be adapted according to your interests.
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Private Tour: Caen Sightseeing and Bayeux Day Trip from Caen

Discover Normandy’s vivid past and often intense history on a full-day trip from Caen. First explore Bayeux, a historic city with a towering cathedral and an illustrious piece of can't-miss art: the Bayeux Tapestry. Stroll the city on a guided sightseeing tour before heading back to Caen for a look into the life and times of William the Conqueror. See the archaeological ruins of his palace and visit the abbeys of St-Etienne, home to William's remains, and Ste-Trinité. This private tour is customizable to fit your interests.
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Private Tour: Rouen, Bayeux, and Falaise Day Trip from Bayeux

Tick off the best bits of Normandy in one day on this private tour from Bayeux. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you marvel at the famous Bayeux tapestry, then follow in the footsteps of Joan of Arc and Rollo in historic Rouen. After lunch (own expense), continue to Caen, where highlights include the Abbaye aux Hommes and William the Conqueror’s Castle, then take a tour of the magnificent Château de Falaise.
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Private Tour to Bayeux, Honfleur and Pays d' Auge from Caen

Delve into Normandy's vast and often turbulent history on a private day tour through the region. Depart from Caen to Bayeux—home to the impressive Bayeux Tapestry, which illustrates (literally) the Battle of Hastings. Then head to Honfleur, a lovely port town sporting colorful timber homes and a favorite haunt of Impressionist painters. See France's largest wooden church before stopping in Pays d' Auge. Here you have a chance to sample regional delicacies such as Camembert cheese and Calvados brandy. Cider is also ubiquitous to the area. 
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