Bagnoles de l'Orne travel guide

Photo of Bagnoles de l'Orne

Visit Bagnoles de l'Orne (Normandy, France)

Book hotels, flights, car hire

Bagnoles de l'Orne is a long established resort in the south of the Orne department of Normandy, east of Domfront and south-west from Argentan.

Exploring Bagnoles

France This Way review: quite unlike anywhere else in Normandy, Bagnoles de l'Orne almost gives the impression of being a seaside town like Arcachon or Deauville, except you will have to be satisfied with a walk along the lake instead of a paddle in the sea!

Bagnoles developed and prospered around its thermal spa waters and the health benefits they provide, above all with the building of the Grand Hotel and the associated lake, gardens and other facilities in the last decades of the 19th century.

Belle epoque villa detail in Bagnoles de l'Orne

As a consequence the town has a great deal of interesting 19th century architecture to enjoy, and its position on a lake further adds to the appeal of Bagnoles de l'Orne. It has successfully attracted tourists for well over 100 years and continues to be a popular destination.

It is the numerous examples of 'belle-epoque' architecture (built around 1886-1914) for which Bagnoles de l'Orne is best known.

The best examples are stuated in the 'quartier belle-epoque', towards the south of the town, which is now a protected zone to restrict future development. There are about 50 impressive villas dating from this period in the town.

One of the loveliest examples is the Town Hall, built as the Chateau Goupil in the 1850s and incorporating medieval looking towers and renaissance style decoration!

In the grounds of the Town Hall you can see the Roc au Chien, a raised area with a view across the town.


The 'belle-epoque' style came to an end with the First World War, to be replaced when the war ended by the new 'art-deco' style.

This style is also well represented in Bagnoles de l'Orne - the most notable example is the casino next to the lake, and you can also visit the Church of Saint John the Baptist built around the same time.

The historic centre of the town, before it was developed for tourism and hence the oldest part of Bagnoles de l'Orne, is now the Quartier Tessé, and is also a pleasant region for a stroll.

The spa waters are still a popular attraction - see thermes of bagnoles for details of the many health and relaxation options available if you are visiting to unwind.

Bagnoles de l'Orne also pays a lot of attention to its flowers and gardens and there are several pleasant parks here including the gardens of the lake and thermal centre, and also the arboretum next to the town hall with an impressive range of trees from around the world.

Casino in Bagnoles de l'Orne

Attractions nearby

The region around the town includes a large forested area, the Andaines Forest, and is very popular with walkers and cyclists enjoying the southern Normandy countryside.

Perhaps the most popular excursion is to the Gorges de Villiers at Saint-Ouen-le-Brisoult where a marked walk takes you through some very scenic countryside. You will find other picturesque trails throughout the Normandy-Maine Regional Park that surrounds Bagnoles de l'Orne.

Our favourite towns and villages in this area include Domfront to the west and Argentan to the north-east, while the village of Saint-Ceneri-de-Gerei is one of the prettiest anywhere in Normandy.

Note: Bagnoles de l'Orne photos are copyright.

You can find more travel ideas in the Orne guide and the Normandy guide.

See also: 

Arrange a visit to Bagnoles de l'Orne

Book hotels, car hire and flights

Organise your visit using the options shown...

Hotels in Bagnoles de l'Orne best prices


Reserve excursions

Map of Bagnoles de l'Orne and places nearby


Visit near Bagnoles de l'Orne with France This Way reviews



Small town with two 15th century castles and a popular public garden

Lassay-les-Chateaux guide


The castle forms an excellent backdrop to the cobbled streets in the old town of Domfront

Domfront guide
Mayenne (town)

Mayenne (town)

Quite a small town, the highlight of a visit to Mayenne is the nearby walk along the banks of the river

Mayenne (town) guide


Here in Jublains you can visit the roman ruins of the ancient city that once stood here

Jublains guide
Les Jardins de la Mansoniere

Les Jardins de la Mansoniere

Les Jardins de la Mansoniere is a lovely garden in the charming village of St-Ceneri-le-Gerei

Les Jardins de la Mansoniere guide


Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei is a very pretty village in the Regional Natural Park of Normandie-Marne.

Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Orne

Address: Bagnoles-de-l'Orne, Juvigny-sous-Andaine, Alençon, Normandy, 61140, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 48.549722, longitude -0.423611

Plan your visit to Bagnoles de l'Orne, Orne

Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Normandie-Maine: regional natural parc (16 km)
  • Domfront: recommended detour (17 km)
  • Carrouges Chateau: national monument (20 km)
  • Saint-Fraimbault: ville fleurie 4* (22 km)
  • Saint-Loup-du-Gast: ville fleurie 4* (22 km)
  • Mayenne: town of art and history (30 km)
  • Jublains: town of art and history (33 km)
  • Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei: most beautiful village (33 km)
  • Signal d'Écouves: site of natural beauty (34 km)
  • Mont du Haut-Fourché: site of natural beauty (34 km)
  • Sassy: remarkable garden (34 km)
  • Forêt d'Écouves: site of natural beauty (36 km)

Market days in Bagnoles de l'Orne, France

Regular market(s) are held in Bagnoles de l'Orne each Wednesday & Tuesday & Saturday & Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Bagnoles de l'Orne (Francais)