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About Bayeux

There's more to Bayeux than a tapestry 70 metres long and nine centuries old. Bayeux is one of the few towns in the region to survive WW2 relatively unscathed, so all the charming 13th through 18th-century buildings are still there in the centre of town. There's a wide variety of architecture from the wooden Norman houses, some of which now count as some of the best places to stay in Bayeux, to the great Gothic cathedral.

The famous cloth depicting the Norman Conquest wasn't made here, it was in fact made in England, but was 'discovered' here when it was being displayed in Bayeux Cathedral. Nowadays it resides here, in the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. It's long, but it's not high: only 50cms, and is in 50 or so different panels (or scenes), each with an image in surprisingly fresh colours and a description in Latin.

If you're here to see the beaches and battlefields you'll find the 80km stretch of D-Day landing beach is just open sand, fringed occasionally by a fishing village or seaside resort. Moreover, the area is filled with many memorials, museums and cemeteries commemorating that period.

There are plenty of small museums and memorials but in Bayeux itself you'll find the Commonwealth War Cemetery, the largest British Commonwealth wartime cemetery in France, home to the graves of 4,144 British dead, and the memorial for another 1,800 whose bodies were never recovered. Plus, there's the Bayeux Military Museum which is definitely worth a visit. Between Bayeux and Isigny Sur Mer there's a German Military Cemetery, containing the graves of more than 21,000 German soldiers.

What Not To Miss

  • Wander through the gorgeous Jardin Botanique de Bayeux and pack yourself a pinic for a relaxing afternoon. There's also a small playground, ideal for kids.

  • Mondaye Abbey, 9 miles south of Bayeux, is a beautiful architectural spot and also has pristine gardens for you to enjoy.

  • Be sure to visit the Longues-sur-Mer battery, preserved gun installations from WWII that were constructed by the Germans to defend France from sea invasion. Perfect for history-lovers.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Bayeux range from lovely period properties in the centre of town to a luxurious chateau close to the beach.

The Best places to stay in Bayeux

For a luxury chateau stay

  • La Cheneviere is set between Bayeux and the coast, a luxurious château hotel with elegant interiors and a superb classically French restaurant. Plus there's loads to do either on site (pool and tennis court) or in the surrounding area - beaches, golf and local exploring. A great romantic escape.

  • The Château d'Audrieu is a stunning 18th Century château set amongst beautiful grounds around 15km south east of Bayeux. Rooms are opulent and carefully put together with beautiful wallpapers and antiques. The gardens include a tennis court and a pool, whilst the restaurant serves up gourmet cuisine.

For a Short Break

  • Clos de Bellefontaines is a smart, mid 19th century sandstone property turned B&B in the centre of Bayeux. This beautiful home has just two bedrooms, but they're large and elegant with parquet floors and high ceilings. Plus, there's a lovely garden and terrace.

  • Right in the centre of town, Villa Lara has excellent views of the cathedral from large, purpose-built hotel rooms. And purpose-built means very modern compared to the rest of town!

  • Hotel Tardif is a gorgeous 18th century mansion with beautiful period interiors, and with rooms, suites and a family apartment this is a wining choice for couples or family groups.

For Family Trips

  • La Ferme de la Gronde is a rustic farmhouse located just outside the city. With suites available as well as a small playground and large garden, this is the ideal spot for family rural escapes.

For an Apartment or Villa

  • If you feel like a self-serving option would be best for you, then check out the wide range of properties on offer at our online partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • It's probably best to visit Bayeux over the summer - in July and August the temperature varies from an average low of 15°C to an average high of 22°C, so it's temperate without being overbearingly hot.

  • You can fly from London City Airport to Deauville-Normandie, about an hour outside the city. There are a number of more local airports, however these mainly serve domestic flights only.

  • Alternatively, you can hop on the train from London St-Pancras to Bayeux which takes an average of 6 hours 45 minutes door-to-door.

  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure which to book?

  1. Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Bayeux.

  2. Expand your search to our list of the best places to stay in Normandy.

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Best Hotels in Bayeux

  • La ferme de la gronde Bayeux 5 rooms from £61

    A charming rustic farmhouse just outside of Bayeux. Gorgeous traditional french rooms with chintz fabrics, beamed ceilings and white washed exposed stone work. A large garden ideal for children or simply relaxing. Indulgent breakfasts. Well located for exploring Normandy. A lovely rural abode.

    Families  -  Family suites, a small playground and plenty of space to keep little ones busy.
    Local exploring  -  Close to the D Day beaches and just 10 minutes from Bayeaux.
    Country Escape  -  A rustic property in rural Normandy.
    Sights nearby  -  Head into Bayeux to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Bayeux Tapestry.
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  • Le Petit Matin Bayeux (place charles de gaulle) 5 rooms from £88

    A charming B&B boasting a secluded spot within the heart of Bayeux. A handful of individually styled rooms are traditionally dressed. Indulgent continental breakfasts are served in a light and spacious dining room. An ideal base for exploring the historic town.

    Local exploring  -  Ideally placed to explore historic Bayeux on foot.
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the architecture of Notre-Dame Cathedral of Bayeux.
    Great walks  -  Meander through the 19th century Botanical Gardens.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Hotel Tardif Bayeux 6 rooms from £107

    A stunning mansion with classical french design throughout. Lovely, individually designed rooms, with large sash windows, pretty fabrics and antique furniture. An indulgent breakfast served. Well located to access Bayeux's attractions. Very reasonably priced. A real gem of a property.

    Local exploring  -  An upmarket guesthouse in a lovely part of Normandy with plenty to do in the surrounding area.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a day trip to the iconic Mont St-Michel or in very close proximity is the Notre Dame Cathedral.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the pretty Jardin Public de Bayeux.
    Full of character
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  • La Colline Bayeux 4 rooms from £105

    A charming 19th century townhouse set in the heart of the historic town of Bayeux. The four bedrooms are light and airy with a simple minimalist feel. A large garden offers a tranquil spot to unwind after a day spent exploring all of Bayeux's historic sights.

    Local exploring  -  Bayeux is a town steeped in history: the Bayeux Tapestry is a short walk away, as is Notre Dame Cathedral.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the nearby Botanical Garden of Bayeux.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the famed Museum of the Bayeux Tapestry.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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  • Clos de Bellefontaines Bayeux, Normandy 2 rooms from £105

    A smart sand-stone fronted B&B in the centre of Bayeux. Just two large and elegant bedrooms with parquet floors and high ceilings. Lovely garden and terrace. Ideal for a family or group of four.

    Sights nearby  -  Stone's throw from the famous tapestry. Excellent base for visiting the D Day landing beaches.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Villa Lara, Bayeux Bayeux 28 rooms from £112

    A plush hotel in central Bayeux minutes from the Bayeux Tapestry and D-Day landing beaches. Opulent rooms with rich fabrics and huge beds and excellent views of the cathedral. An upmarket hotel to explore the region from.

    Sights nearby  -  Steps from the Bayeux Tapestry and D Day landing beaches.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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  • Chateau d'Audrieu Normandy 29 rooms from £142

    A stunning 18th chateau in beautiful grounds. Opulent rooms feature antique furniture and pretty wallpapers. Expansive gardens, outdoor pool and tennis court. Fantastic regional cuisine and luxurious interiors have fireplaces and beams. Romantic, gourmet, and very relaxing.

    Hideaway  -  A real sense of peace set within 25 hectares of gardens and close to the expansive beaches of Normandy coast
    Sights nearby  -  Few kilometres from the coast with the famous D-Day Landing beaches and seaside resorts of the Pearl Coast
    Local markets  -  Daily markets nearby, as well as special night markets and must see morning fish markets
    Sailing  -  Pearl coast hosts many sailing and nautical clubs
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Relais & Chateaux
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  • Chateau de Sully Bayeux 23 rooms from £157

    Revel in fine French hospitality at this elegant 18th-century chateau in Bayeux, near Normandy’s top places of interest. The bedrooms are decorated in a traditional country-house style. A Michelin-starred restaurant offers gourmet dishes and there's a spa, hot tub, heated pool and stunning garden.

    Local exploring  -  An ideal base for exploring the region including the WW2 Beaches and Bayeux Tapestry
    Foodies  -  Multi-awarded restaurant serves creative cuisine and is famous for its seafood
    Families  -  Childminding and other special facilities for families provided
    Active Holiday  -  Lots of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy
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  • Chateau La Cheneviere Bayeux 29 rooms from £171

    A luxurious 18th century chateau on the coastline. Traditional and elegant interiors include enormous rooms and suites, a classical French restaurant, and an inviting bar. Heated pool, tennis courts, golf and beaches nearby. A fantastic spot for a romantic break filled with sporting activities.

    Foodies  -  The restaurant serves classical cuisine based on the flavours of Normandy.
    Romantic Break
    Luxury
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel, Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Chateau de la Ferriere Bayeux 5 rooms from £193

    A stunning 18th century chateau boasting a scenic and tranquil location just outside Bayeux. A handful of elegant rooms are traditional yet unfussy with a choice selection of antiques, floor to ceiling windows and indulgent bathrooms. A delightful base from which to explore the region.

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located in Normandy between Bayeux, Caen and the Landing Beaches.
    Sights nearby  -  Admire the striking architecture of the Abbey of Saint-Étienne in Caen.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Full of character
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