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  • 1 Palais Bénédictine Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    110 r. Alexandre-le-Grand F - 76400 Fécamp

    The astonishing Palais Bénédictine is the brainchild of Alexandre Le Grand, creator of the famous Bénédictine liquer and pioneer of marketing strategy (note the stained-glass window precursor of advertsing hoardings). Since its inauguration in the 19..

  • 2 Malraux Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 bd Clemenceau F - 76600 Le Havre

    This art gallery focuses on the work of two of Le Havre's artists: Eugène Boudin (1824-1898), who Baudelaire called "king of skies", represented by 200 pictures of his favourite subjects (local landscapes and beach scenes); and Raoul Dufy (..

  • 3 St-Ouen Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    27 r. Victor-Hugo F - 76000 Rouen

    This old abbatial of the 14th century is remarkable in terms of its size and is one of the most delightful high Gothic churches. The building of this church was started in 1318 and finally completed in the 16th century. You will notice the chevet, th..

  • 4 Le Secq des Tournelles Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    r. Jacques-Villon F - 76000 Rouen

    This ironwork museum, situated in the Flamboyant-style church of St Laurent has a fine collection dating from the 3C to the 19C. Larger items such as balconies and stair rails are displayed, along with locksmithing items from the Gallo-Roman period t..

  • 5 St Peter's Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    2 r. St-Pierre F - 76190 Yvetot

    A symphony of light and colours. Changing from soft to bright: the huge windows by Max Ingrand justify a visit to this modern building (1956), built in a rotunda.

  • 6 Old Abbey of St Georges Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de l'Abbaye F - 76840 St-Martin-de-Boscherville

    The Romanesque church is more or less the only part of the old Benedictine abbey that still remains. Note the doorway archivolts, decorated with geometric patterns in the style of Norman Romanesque buildings. The finely-worked, historiated capitals w..

  • 7 Rue St-Romain Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue St-Romain F - 76000 Rouen

    This street is famous for its half timbered houses from the 15 to 18C and the spire of Saint-Maclou church which is silhouetted in line with the road.

  • 8 Musée du Débarquement (Utah Beach) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Utah-Beach F - 50480 Ste-Marie-du-Mont

    This museum presents the events of the Normandy Landings of 6 June 1944 as they unfurled right here at Utah Beach. It details minute by minute, and very realistically, what occurred between the Allied forces directed by General Eisenhower and the Ger..

  • 9 Ship-owner's house Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 quai i de l'Île F - 76600 Le Havre

    This late 18C house, built for his personal use by the city's architect and hydrant officer, Mr Thibault, was bought by a ship-owner (hence its name) in the early 19C and it miraculously survived the bombing of 1945. Its five circular storeys, each e..

  • 10 Lyons Forest Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Lyons-la-Forêt

    Surrounding the village of Lyons-la-Forêt, this vast woodland (10 700ha) is "one of the natural wonders of France and the apogee of the beech tree". Its trees often have trunks over 20m high; the highest, the Bunodière beech, nudges 50m. Wi..

  • 11 Eawy Forest Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Saint-Saëns

    The 6 600ha Eawy (pronounced E-a-vi) massif comprises the rugged hilltop marking the border between the Varenne and Béthune regions. Together with the Forêt de Lyons it makes up Normandy's best beech plantation. It Germanic-derived name means "h..

  • 12 La Suisse normande Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 14570 Clécy

    This area known as Normandy's Switzerland is located in the south of the Bocage Normand, in the triangle formed by Condé-sur-Noireau, Thury-Harcourt and Putanges. The Orne River meanders along against this splendid backdrop of abrupt and picturesque ..

  • 13 Pays d'Auge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 14340 Crèvecœur-en-Auge

    Pastures dotted with thatched cottages and half-timbered manor houses, willow and apples trees, a patchwork of quickset hedges crisscrossed with winding roads - including the cider route: the Pays d'Auge makes for an admirable contrast with the beach..

  • 14 Côte de Grâce Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 14600 Honfleur

    The serene beauty of this famous site is best appreciated when the sun is out. From the calvary, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over the Seine Estuary, Le Havre harbour and, to the right, over the Pont de Normandie, with the Pont de Tanca..

  • 15 Pointe de La Hague Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 50440 Beaumont-Hague

    Cliffs that are among the tallest in Europe alternate with little sandy beaches and charming ports. The different elements are bound together by a strip of green that is well-known to hikers: the Sentier des Douaniers. This "land's end" wit..

  • 16 Notre-Dame Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    4 r. du Gén.-de-Dais F - 14400 Bayeux

    A harmonious chevet, a door showing the story of Thomas Becket, a façade with two Romanesque towers. Inside, interesting paintings in the right transept, a choir stall that, with its ambulatory and crown of chapels, is a fine example of Norman Gothic..

  • 17 The Vieux-Bassin Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Ste-Catherine F - 14600 Honfleur

    It was created by Duquesne under the orders of Colbert. It is surrounded by beautiful quays and the yachts add a touch of charm. The rich two-story, sloping roof stone dwellings on St-Étienne quay contrast with those of quay Ste-Catherine where narro..

  • 18 D-Day Landing Beaches Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 14000 Caen

    Lined by beaches of fine white sand, the Côte de Nacre (Mother-of-Pearl Coast) is nowadays full of life, hugely welcoming and of huge historical significance, attracting visitors from around the world. Through its landscapes, museums, memorials and m..

  • 19 Château de Fontaine-Henry Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 pl. du Château F - 14610 Fontaine-Henry

    The Château de Fontaine-Henry offers a valuable account of civil architecture of the Renaissance period. Note in particular the 16C Grand Pavilion with its vast slate roof and pepper-pot turret. The living quarters, built on the site of a medieval ed..

  • 20 Ramparts Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel

    From the route round these ramparts built between the 13 and 15C you'll find some attractive views over the Bay in particular from the north tower from which you can see Tombelaine's rock.

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