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Popular things to do in Normandy

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World heritage site
Mont Saint-Michel Mont-Saint-Michel
4.3
Duration: 4h 30 min
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Cemetery
Normandy American Cemetery Colleville-sur-Mer
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Art Museum
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux Bayeux
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Lookout
Falaises d'Etretat Etretat
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards. Make your own Normandy vacation itinerary, with a little help from those that know the place like the back of their hands, by using our France trip itinerary builder site.

Museums in Normandy

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Military Museum
Memorial de Caen Caen
4.4
Duration: 3 hours
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History Museum
Airborne Museum Sainte-Mere-Eglise
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema Arromanches-les-Bains
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Musee du debarquement Arromanches-les-Bains
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Normandy

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Garden
Fondation Claude Monet Giverny
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Park
Les Jardins d'Etretat Etretat
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Garden
Musee Christian Dior Granville
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
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Garden
La Colline aux Oiseaux Caen
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Normandy

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Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery Bayeux
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Site
Pointe du Hoc Cricqueville-en-Bessin
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Battlefield
Omaha Beach Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Saint Catherine's Catholic Church Honfleur
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes

Hidden gems in Normandy

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Art Museum
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen Rouen
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Castle
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant Falaise
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Monument
D-Day Monument Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Landmark
Chemin des Douaniers Etretat
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Normandy

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Aquarium
Cite de La Mare Cherbourg-Octeville
3.9
Duration: 3 hours
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Beach
Deauville Beach Deauville City
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Zoo
Cerza Hermival-les-Vaux
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
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Beach
Plage de Trouville Trouville-sur-Mer
4.4
Duration: 4 hours

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