Bayeux, a little town in the Normandy region of France took us by surprise, in a good way. I had no idea what to expect from Bayeux, but this cute little town was everything one could ask for to enjoy a peaceful and lovely time in Normandy. Here’s our list of the top 3 things you must do in Bayeux.
Bayeux Tapestry Museum
The beauty of the Tapestry Museum lies not only in the impressive 70 metres long tapestry itself, but also in the story that this tapestry beautifully portrays.
Grab the free audio tour and listen to the story of how William, Duke of Normandy won the war of Hastings and became the King of England, while admiring how each part of the story is intricately depicted in the tapestry.
It’s quite admirable that the tapestry has survived for so many years, through many catastrophic incidents, including the time when it was placed inside the Bayeux Cathedral, the cathedral was burned down not once, but twice!
After being moved to several places across France, today it’s preserved well inside the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, in a temperate and light controlled setting, also preventing any biological attacks of insects and fungus, and any external dirt.
After seeing the Tapestry Museum, head over to the Exhibit Section to learn more about the War Of Hastings, see the models of villages built in those days, artifacts of weapons and vests used during the wars.
Learn how the tapestries are hand-made with natural colors. End your visit by watching the short 15 min movie about the War Of Hastings and video of how the tapestries are made.
Rebuilt as a gothic church, the towering Bayeux Cathedral can be seen from almost any part of the town. The cathedral not only has sublime architectural details, but also has significant historical significance. It was originally constructed in the presence of William, the conqueror. It is in this very same place where Harold took the oath to stand by William, which he ended up breaking later leading to the War of Hastings.
I recommend visiting the Bayeux Tapestry Museum first to learn about the events that led up to the War of Hastings before visiting the Bayeux Cathedral.
This church also was the original home of the 70 meter long tapestry, which is now carefully protected inside the Bayeux Tapestry Museum.
Bayeux Cathedral suffered serious damages and was later rebuilt in the Gothic style. While walking inside the cathedral, notice the architectural details and the paintings on the glass stained windows.
The cathedral is stunning, both from the inside and from the outside.
You must see one of those lovely waterwheels in Bayeux! Especially in spring, when the colorful flowers are blooming, the working waterwheel amidst the cobbled streets is a sight to behold!