Medieval Sights in Bayeux
Though the Bayeux Tapestry—which depicts the 1066 Norman invasion of England in vivid detail—is the undisputed star attraction in this town in Northern France’s Normandy region, it is just one of several medieval gems. See below for our selection of the can’t-miss medieval sights in Bayeux.
Comprising some 58 separate scenes painstakingly stitched on a 230-foot (70-meter) long strip of canvas, this magnificent artwork chronicles the Norman conquest of England in 1066. Though it was created in 1067, it remains in good condition, with detailed depictions of everyday life and battles providing fascinating insight into life in Norman France.
Bayeux Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux)
Dating mostly from the 12th and 13th centuries—though some parts such as the 11th-century crypt are even older—this hulking Norman Gothic cathedral is a protected national monument. It was here where the famous Bayeux Tapestry was originally displayed, though the masterpiece has since been moved to a dedicated museum.
Bayeux Town Center
Having survived World War II intact, Bayeux’s historical town center still retains medieval-era streets and architecture, with rows of medieval houses found overlooking the River Aure. For an immersive experience, attend the town’s summertime Medieval Festival, which consists of reenactments, crafts, games, and performances.