Normandy places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Normandy region. See also our Normandy travel guide.

Alencon (Orne)

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There are several sites of historical interest in Alencon, best known as a centre for lace production

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Argentan (Orne)

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Despite extensive war time damage Argentan has retained several sites of interest

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Arromanches (Calvados)

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Arromanches is well known as the town where the Mulberry Harbour was built during the D-Day landings in 1944

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Bagnoles de l'Orne (Orne)

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The town of Bagnoles-de-l'Orne is very pleasant, and well known as a spa town

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Barfleur (Manche)

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Barfleur is listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France' and the harbour area in particular is very pretty

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Bayeux (Calvados)

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Best known for its world-famous tapestry, Bayeux also has an imposing cathedral

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Belleme (Orne)

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Belleme is one of several small attractive villages within the Perche Natural Regional Park

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Beuvron (Calvados)

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Part of the Normandy Cider Route, Beuvron has lots of half-timberd houses and is one of the prettiest villages in Normandy

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Cabourg (Calvados)

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One time favourite of Marcel Proust, Cabourg has one of the longest and active beaches in the region

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Caen (Calvados)

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With a castle, two abbeys and an attracive historic centre Caen is a very pleasant town to explore

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Cambremer (Calvados)

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Cambremer is a very picturesque small village, ideally explored as part of the Normandy Cider Route

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Caudebec-en-Caux (Seine-Maritime)

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It is the houses and scenery along the banks of the Seine river that will be the focus of your trip to Caudebec-en-Caux

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Chateau de Beaumesnil (Eure)

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The Chateau de Beaumesnil is a baroque style castle surrounded by park and gardens

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Chateau de Boutemont (Calvados)

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Beautiful chateau and gardens in the Calvados department of Normandy

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Chateau de Harcourt (Eure)

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The Chateau de Harcourt in Eure is a medieval castle now restored and surrounded by an impressive arboretum

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Chateau Gaillard (Eure)

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The evocative ruins of Chateau Gaillard, built in the 12th century by Richard the Lionheart, are one of the most imposing sites in Normandy

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Cherbourg (Manche)

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The port town of Cherbourg has several monuments and museums of interest and a visit is recommended

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Coutances (Manche)

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Coutances is well known for its impressive cathedral, built in the 113th century

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Creully (Calvados)

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The medieval Chateau de Creully is the highlight in Creully

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Deauville (Calvados)

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The resort of Deauville, established in the 19th century, is still one of the most upmarket beach resorts in Normandy

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Dieppe (Seine-Maritime)

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Explore the port area then head to the castle and the Museum of Dieppe to see the highlights here

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Dives-sur-Mer (Calvados)

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In the 'Village of William the Conqueror' at Dives-sur-Mer artisans and artists are brought together in a medieval setting

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Domfront (Orne)

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

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Etretat (Seine-Maritime)

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The town of Etretat is pretty, but it is the dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery here that attract the crowds

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Eu (Seine-Maritime)

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The red-brick castle, built in the 16th century, is the main attraction for visitors to Eu

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Evreux (Eure)

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In Evreux it is the two religious monuments - the cathedral and the bishop's palace - that are the principal attractions

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Falaise (Calvados)

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Best known for its castle, Falaise also has several other interesting monuments in the town centre

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Fecamp (Seine-Maritime)

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An important town on the Alabaster Coast, Fecamp includes the Bishop's Palace, the Abbey Church and the Church of Saint-Etienne among its highlights

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Giverny Gardens (Eure)

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The most famous, most visited, and perhaps most attractive gardens in France, as painted by Monet, are here at Giverny

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Granville (Manche)

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Granville is best known for its long sandy beach, and the 19th century villas that follow the seafront

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Haras du Pin (Orne)

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The Haras du Pin is the oldest of the national horse training centres in France, and preserves its 18th century buildings

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Honfleur (Calvados)

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There are lots of interesting things to see in Honfleur - if you can drag yourself away from the lovely harbour!

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Houlgate (Calvados)

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The beach is certainly the main attraction at Houlgate, and there are also some imposing 19th century villas to see

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Jumieges Abbey (Seine-Maritime)

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The extensive ruins of Jumieges Abbey are one of the most visited religious monuments in the department

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La Bouille (Seine-Maritime)

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You will enjoy a stroll along the banks of the Seine river when you visit La Bouille

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Le Bec-Hellouin (Eure)

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The village of Le-Bec-Hellouin is one of the prettiest in Normandy, and also has Abbey of Bec-Hellouin to visit

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Le Havre (Seine-Maritime)

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Le Havre centre is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, for the concrete city built after the destruction of the town in WW2

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Le Perche (Orne)

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The peaceful countryside of the Perche Natural Regional Park has lots of opportunities to enjoy the natural environment

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Le Treport (Seine-Maritime)

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The highlight of a visit to the active port town of Le Tréport is the coastal cliff scenery around the town

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Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge (Calvados)

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The gardens of the Pays d'Auge are a beautiful mature garden set around a number of typical half-timber houses.

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Les-Petites-Dalles (Seine-Maritime)

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A village on the coast of Normandy with lots of 19th century villas

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Lessay abbey (Manche)

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The abbey church at Lessay is an important example of roman style architecture

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Lisieux (Calvados)

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The painstaking rebuilding of Lisieux since the war has gone a long way to recapturing the feel of the medieval town

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Lyons-la-Foret (Eure)

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The half-timbered buildings in the village of Lyons-la-Foret make it one of the prettiest places in Normandy

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Mont-Saint-Michel (Manche)

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No visit to Normandy would be complete without visiting the iconic Abbey and island of Mont-Saint-Michel

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Mortagne-au-Perche (Orne)

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There are several places of historic interest to discover here at Mortagne-au-Perche, within the Perche Natural Regional Park

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Normandy landing beaches (Calvados)

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70 years on and the Normandy Landing Beches still attract thousands of visitors interested in the D-Day landings in 1944.

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Pont-Audemer (Eure)

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The canals and rivers are the highlight in Pont Audemer, famous for its traditional canalside washouses

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Rouen (Seine-Maritime)

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The cathedral and cobbled streets in the old town are just two of the many highlights in the lovely town of Rouen.

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Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei (Orne)

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

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Saint-Valery-en-Caux (Seine-Maritime)

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The area around the beach, harbour and marina in Saint-Valery-en-Caux is always very active in summer

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Sees (Orne)

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The cathedral is the famous attraction at Sees, but there are other sites of interest in the town and the nearby Ecouves Forest to explore

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Trouville (Calvados)

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The long established resort at Trouville has retained lots of its 19th century villas, which provide much of the character of the town

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Veules-les-Roses (Seine-Maritime)

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Veules-les-Roses is a stunning village on the coast of Normandy, France

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Veulettes-sur-Mer (Seine-Maritime)

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The pebble beach and promenade are the big attraction on Veulettes-sur-Mer, but find time for the coast path as well!

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Villers-sur-Mer (Calvados)

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Villers-sur-Mer is one of several friendly beach resorts along the Normandy coast

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Villerville (Calvados)

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Less popular than neighbours Deauville and Trouville, the resort at Villerville also has a long beach

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Vire (Calvados)

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When you visit Vire be sure to also explore the Route des Gorges de la Vire' through the woods and valley of the River Vire

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Yport (Seine-Maritime)

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A small sea resort, Yport has a pebble beach and is close to attractive coastal cliff scenery

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For more information see the Normandy guide


Tourist attractions to visit in Normandy

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...


Estran Cité de la mer

Grand Sites of France

Baie du Mont Saint-Michel: Tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Le Havre: Tourist guide

Mont-Saint-Michel (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue tours (Vauban fortifications)

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Barfleur: Tourist guide

Beuvron: Tourist guide

Lyons-la-Foret: Tourist guide

Saint-Ceneri-le-Gerei: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Abbey of Bec-Hellouin: Tourist guide

Carrouges Chateau

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Argentan: Tourist guide

Domfront: Tourist guide

Eu: Tourist guide


Granville: Tourist guide

Honfleur: Tourist guide

Pont-Audemer: Tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs

Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin


Perche: Tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Bayeux: Tourist guide

Honfleur: Tourist guide

Rouen: Tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Coutances: Tourist guide

Dieppe: Tourist guide


Fecamp: Tourist guide

Le Havre: Tourist guide


Rouen: Tourist guide


Ville d'etape






4* Towns in Bloom


Cabourg: Tourist guide

Cherbourg: Tourist guide


Eu: Tourist guide

Honfleur: Tourist guide

Lyons-la-Foret: Tourist guide



Pont-Audemer: Tourist guide


Saint-Valery-en-Caux: Tourist guide


Zoo or wildlife park

Parc zoologique de Champrepus

Parc zoologique de Clères

Parc zoologique de Jurques

Parc zoologique de Lisieux