Essentially a medieval town, whose cathedral was dedicated in 1077 by William the Conqueror, Bayeux is also home to the famous tapestry depicting William’s epic journey to England and the Battle of Hastings. Intrinsically linked with the events of June 1944, the town provided headquarters for General de Gaulle after D-Day, now a museum.
There is also a Museum dedicated to the Battle of Normandy whilst the British War Cemetery is within walking distance of the town centre. The town itself miraculously avoided any destruction during Allied bombings, a fact clearly evident in the preserved medieval structure of its buildings and streets.
In addition to the Tapestry and cathedral, tourists can visit the Baron Gérard Museum, with its collections of art, porcelain and lace, or the various craft workshops and art galleries within the town. There is also a busy commercial centre where you will find shops, restaurants and hotels, including a number of brocantes or antique centres.
A market is held twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are regular train services on the route between Paris and Cherbourg. Buses link Bayeux with several local towns such as Arromanches and Port en Bessin.