Overview of Normandy Attractions

Normandy is a beautiful area in France filled with WW2 sites, chateau’s, oysters and seafood and museums.  We spent three weeks in Brittany and Normandy and enjoyed the attractions we visited.  It can be a little overwhelming as there are just so many WW2 museums and sites available to visit, it would be very difficult to see them all.  I have included links to the attractions we saw and some we didn’t get to.

Attractions we visited:

Mont St Michel – This is one of my favourite places in France.  We have a blog on this on our website so rather than restate all the information click on the here.

Bayeux Tapestry – The tapestry is housed in the Bayeux Museum and depicts the Battle of Hastings in 1066.  Click here to read more on it.

Normandy American Cemetery – Cemetery for the American soldiers from WW2.  Click here to read the information on it. 

Sainte-Mere Eglise – Small town that was the first in France to be liberated after the D-Day landings and famous for John Steele’s lucky escape. Click here to read information on it.

Point du Hoc – To read about how the army rangers led by Lt. Col. James E Rudder captured Point du Hoc from the Germans click on the link here

Other Attractions we didn’t see:

Caen Memorial – An extensive museum of WW2 as well as the battle that took place at Caen.  It also offers tours of some of the D-Day landing sites.  The official website with information on memorial can be found by clicking on the link here.

Azeville Battery – Tour an original German battery with an audio guide (French, English, German, Dutch, Italian and Spanish) which goes 350 m underground.  There is also a film.  This WW2 site is not heavily visited but those who do, think very highly of it.  To find out more information click here.

The Utah Beach D-Day Museum – Built on the beachfront where the American troops landed during D-Day and covers the planning and execution of the D-day landing through oral accounts, objects and vehicles.  The museum has very positive feedback.  To learn more click here.

 

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