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Bayeux Tapestry (Tapisserie de Bayeux)
Bayeux Tapestry (Tapisserie de Bayeux)

Bayeux Tapestry (Tapisserie de Bayeux)

13 rue de Nesmond, Centre Guillaume le Conquerant, Bayeux, France

The Basics

A UNESCO “Memory of the World,” the Bayeux Tapestry (Tapisserie de Bayeux) is a very rare object, one of few textiles to last almost 1,000 years. The 230-foot-long (70 meter) embroidered frieze shows William the Conqueror invading England, and the subsequent Battle of Hastings told from the point of view of the victorious Normans.

Since 1983, the tapestry has been displayed behind glass in a purpose-built, climate-controlled museum called Tapestry Museum (Musée de la Tapisserie), in central Bayeux. The colors and level of detail of the figures shown are remarkable when viewed up close, and make the tapestry a must-visit stop on guided tours of northern France.

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Private Tour to Bayeux, Honfleur and Pays d' Auge from Bayeux
Private Tour to Bayeux, Honfleur and Pays d' Auge from Bayeux
$393.26 per adult
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Good Overview of the Bayeux and Honfleur
We had a great day on this private tour. Our guide was very accommodating, especially since several in our party of four had mobility issues. She did a great job of taking us around Honfleur and it was great to see the country side in the area and especially the little town we visited in Pays d'Auge. Thanks for making it a great day for us.
Sarah_C, Apr 2019

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entry to the Tapestry Museum is by paid ticket.

  • Discounts are available for students and seniors.

  • Audio guides can be rented at the reception desk.

  • The museum is wheelchair accessible.

  • Visitors can buy a combined ticket to see other museums in Bayeux.

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How to Get There

The Tapestry Museum is located at 13B Rue de Nesmond in Bayeux, France. It’s accessible by car or as part of a guided tour that includes transport. Rail links join Bayeux with St.-Lazare station in Paris.

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When to Get There

The museum is open seven days a week from February to December, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It closes for the whole month of January. From March to October, it is open from 9am–6:30pm (until 7pm in May–August). In November, December, and February, the museum closes every day for lunch, 12:30pm–2pm.

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Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum

Also found in Bayeux is the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum that details the events leading up to and including the Normandy or “D-Day” landings. With a collection of military artifacts, including uniforms, guns, and armored vehicles, the museum recreates the events of August 1944 in vivid detail and will be of interest to visitors who want to learn more about the history of the Second World War.

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