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Stretching across the northern coast of France, Normandy has long been a strategic location and its landscape is strewn with historic sites. Our specialists know the region well and can help you decide where to go, depending on your interests. Whether you wish to explore the island monastery of Mont Saint-Michel, see the story of William of Normandy’s conquest of England embroidered on the Bayeux Tapestry or visit medieval, half-timbered Rouen, our specialists can help you make the most of your time here.

We’ve explored Normandy's main highlights as well as its lesser-known ones and will carefully plan your vacation as an individual trip, tailored to your preferences. Along the way, we can help you discover key sights such as the beaches where the D-Day landings took place and the military cemeteries that remain as testament to this pivotal but brutal time in the region's history. We’ll also introduce you to charming little towns such as Honfleur and the region's rich tradition of cheese and cider making.

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Places to visit in Normandy

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Normandy, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring Normandy

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Normandy, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Normandy

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    Places in and around Normandy

    Accommodation choices for Normandy

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Normandy. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Château la Chenevière, Port-en-Bessin

      Château La Chenevière

      First Class

      The stately Château La Chenevière is ideally situated close to the D-Day beaches and historic Bayeux. Its classic rooms, lush outdoor spaces and ample facilities make for a relaxing stay.

    • Villa Lara, Bayeux

      Hotel Villa Lara


      Hotel Villa Lara is a modern hotel that offers spacious rooms and friendly service. Located in the heart of Bayeux just a short walk from the Bayeux Cathedral and tapestry, it's an excellent base from which to explore this historic town.

    • Château d'Audrieu, Normandy

      Château d’Audrieu


      Tucked away 20 minutes from Bayeux sits Château d’Audrieu, an 11th-century chateau that was converted in the 18th century into a much grander estate. Later commandeered by the Nazi SS as a headquarters during the Battle of Normandy, this now 5-star property is teeming with history.

    • Water wheel, Bayeux

      Hôtel Reine Mathilde


      Built in the heart of the city, Hôtel Reine Mathilde has the feel of a family home in medieval Bayeux. The local touches added throughout the property and the proximity to top sites make this hotel an ideal base from which to explore the region.

    • Hotel d'Argouges, Bayeux

      Hôtel d’Argouges

      First Class

      Less than a ten-minute walk from the heart of Bayeux sits Hôtel d’Argouges, a hotel so steeped in history you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time throughout your stay. The light, airy rooms and garden offer a peaceful hideaway during your time in Normandy.

    • Hotel le Dauphin les Loges, Honfleur

      Hotel le Dauphin les Loges


      Located in the heart of Honfleur, just steps from Saint-Catherine’s Church and the old port, the small, family-run Hotel le Dauphin les Loges is characterful, friendly and built in quintessential Normandy style with a 17th-century half-timbered façade.

    • La Ferme Saint Siméon, Honfleur

      La Ferme Saint Siméon


      Just a short walk from the heart of Honfleur, La Ferme Saint Siméon is a peaceful retreat set in an elegant country residence that was once home to impressionist painter Claude Monet. It now offers five-star facilities and service.

    • Auberge de la Source, Honfleur

      Auberge de la Source


      This secluded 18th-century farmhouse in the heart of Normandy embodies all the charm of the region and is ideal for relaxing in the shady garden dotted with apple trees and fish ponds, or sampling some of the region’s best dishes.

    • Les Maisons de Léa, Honfleur

      Les Maisons de Léa

      First Class

      Despite its central location in Honfleur, Les Maisons de Léa feels like a stylish country house with beamed ceilings, large stone fireplaces and chic decor. A charming hotel, it is known for its refined elegance, excellent service and fine dining.

    • Maison de Lucie, Honfleur

      La Maison de Lucie

      First Class

      Centrally located yet tucked away in a small 16th-century private square, La Maison de Lucie strikes an easy balance between chic and intimate, as if guests are staying in a private home.

    • Le Manoir des Impressionnistes, Honfleur

      Le Manoir des Impressionnistes

      First Class

      Set on a secluded hill outside Honfleur, Le Manoir des Impressionnistes is an elegant country getaway set in a historic building typical of the region. Stately yet intimate, the family home retreat values both attentive and friendly service as well as gourmet cuisine.

    Ideas for experiencing Normandy

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Normandy, and which use the best local guides.

    • British and Canadian landing sites at Sword and Juno sectors
      Juno Beach Center

      British and Canadian landing sites at Sword and Juno sectors

      British and Canadian landing sites at Sword and Juno sectors

      Explore the British and Canadian D-Day landing sites at Sword and Juno beaches on the Normandy coast. Visit war memorials, museums and cemeteries, as well as the chateaux used as tactical headquarters for both sides in the conflict.

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