Things to do in Normandy

Discover the Cité de la Mer

  • Discover the Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg. Cherbourg's sealife centre is an unmissable attraction, located only a mile away from the ferry terminal! Families can board Le Redoutable, the largest submarine open to the public in the world and experience the magical Abyssal Aquarium, which is an incredible 12 metres deep - the deepest aquarium in Europe!

Explore Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, recently crowned ‘France’s Favourite Village’ and just 30 min drive from Cherbourg. Located just opposite this charming village is Tatihou Island, which can be reached by an amphibious craft, although it is also possible to walk there over the local oyster beds at low tide. Every year in August, it plays host to a quirky folk music festival: ‘Les Traversées Tatihou’. The island is also home to a maritime museum, botanical gardens and a beautiful bird reserve. Don’t forget to stock up at the Maison Gosselin, one of Normandy’s most famous shops!

Festyland and Le BocasseHave fun at Normandy’s theme parks: Festyland and Le Bocasse are two family-favourites here in Normandy. They are just the right size, have a true Norman feel to them and boast rides for both big and small. Just two miles away from Le Bocasse, the beautiful Parc de Clères animal park is also a must-see and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year!

Explore Bayeux, Normandy at its best! A stunning cathedral, historic old streets, good cafés, shops and restaurants and of course the world-famous Bayeux Tapestry… Bayeux has it all! From 13 September to 31 December 2019, the Game of Thrones Tapestry will be on display in the town, close to the same site as the original one!

Relax on the Flowered Coast: Stretching all the way from Cabourg to Honfleur, the Côte Fleurie (Flowered Coast) is favoured by families for its beautiful sandy beaches, Belle-Epoque architecture, numerous cafés and restaurants and activites galore. Deauville is one of France’s most famous seaside resorts, while ports don’t come any prettier than Honfleur!

Just a few miles away from the Flowered Coast, families can get immersed in Normandy’s history at the Calvados Experience, a new multi-sensory museum with top ratings! Through a one-hour recreational and educational visit, families will discover the history of Normandy and Calvados, the world-famous drink.

Celebrate peace, freedom and reconciliation in Normandy, land of liberty! With its many museums, historic sites and cultural and teaching facilities, Normandy is truly an open-air history book. All these places can be discovered by families, who can transmit the exceptionally important lessons of history here to new generations. Caen Memorial is the largest and most famous museum of the lot, while Arromanches’ 360° cinema is an interesting site for all ages.

Normandy’s magical sound & lights showsDiscover Normandy’s magical sound & lights shows. During the summer season, Rouen Cathedral, the Mont-Saint-Michel and Bayeux Cathedral come alive at night. These shows truly are must-sees and light a sparkle in everyone’s eyes. 

Unwind on the wild beaches of Normandy’s West Coast. Barneville-Carteret on the Cotentin Peninsula is a great destination for those wishing to recharge their batteries and awaken the senses and enjoy beautiful views, often as view as the Channel Islands on a clear day. Just a few miles away, the Maison du Biscuit is another family-favourite. Gorgeous cakes and biscuits are made there, and the place itself is like a mini Disneyland ?? 

Last but not least, no Normandy trip is complete without visiting our very own wonder of the world: the one and only Mont-Saint-Michel! This magical island topped by a gravity-defying medieval monastery counts among France’s most stunning sights.