Days Out & Things to do in Normandy

Normandy Tours
Guided tours of the D-Day landing beaches and surrounding area by minibus upto 8 persons. (14)
Manoir de Bellou
One of the largest and most beautiful Manors of the Pays dAuge. Dating from the 15th century, classed as an historic monument. to visit from 5 July-18 August, 10:30-12:30 and 15:00-19:00. Can also be visited by appointment.
Alligator Bay
Formally the Reptilarium of Mont-St-Michel, Alligator Bay is located close to this famous Normandy landmark
La Paix lavender farm
Lavender farm in full bloom during July and perfume distillation starting at the end of July. Free entry every day. Cafe in the grounds for cream teas. Located in St. Germain du Crioult (14)
Decouverte de la Baie
Guided crossings of the the bay of Mont Saint-Michel with different themes; walks and tours. Based at the Maison du Guide, 1 rue Montoise, Genets (50).
Saint Martin Animal Park
Animals of 30 species from 5 continents in 15 hectares of wooded parkland. Pony rides for children. At Montaigu-la-Brisette.
La Cite de la Mer
La Cité de la Mer opened its doors in April 2002, in the old Transatlantic Terminal of Cherbourg (50). It is the ideal place to discover the adventures of man in the deep seas.
Normandy Sightseeing Tours
Tours around Normandy, including to the landing beaches, Mont St-Michel and the Bayeux Tapestry. Based in Bayeux (14).
Mini-Golf et Parc Botanique
Botanic park and mini-golf at Le Hamel Soyer 12 Km from Villedieu in La Baleine (50).
Circuit Train et Velo
From 27 June to 5 September on Sundays and Public Holidays. Depart Honfleur or Pont-Audemer for easy bike ride of 30-40 km on country roads, lunch at Pont-Audermer or Honfleur, return on the tourist train (with your bike). Reservations seven days in advan
Normandie Aventures
Organisation which proposes outings, walks, rides, boat trips and other outdoor activities and adventures. At 3 rue Torteron in Carentan (50).
Les Ponts dOure
Country park & birdwatching area close to Carentan (50). Open daily 09:30 to 19:00.
Rose Arabians
Equestrian centre. Offers hacks, treks, endurance/TREC competitions. Beginners, advanced riders. Courses for children during holidays, pony picnic-Utah. Ride all year, liveries and summer rides on Utah beach.
Ile Tatihou
Tatihou Island has sea birds, nature, a Vauban fort, a maritime laboratory from 1887, seasonal boat rides and walks. Also other seasonal programmes. Near St-Vaast-la-Houge (50).
La Maison de la Nature et de lEstuaire
Bird sanctuary at Sallenelles between Ouistreham and Merville-Franceville (protected site). Learn about the water birds in the Orne Bay (14).
Musee de Vieux la Romaine - Roman town
Remains of a Roman town just 20 minutes from Caen. Exit 10 off the Caen ring road.
Normandy Now and Then
Association for ex-servicemen and -women, provides a research and travel service.
Parc Naturel Regional Normandie-Maine
Canoeing and kayaking, walks, riding, climbing, cross-country trails, orientation and fishing. At the Maison du Parc in Carrouges (61).
Centre Juno Beach
Devoted to the Candian landings on the beach and Canada today. Exhibitions and visits. At Voie des Francais Libres in Courseulles-sur-Mer (14).
Tropical environment including plants and animals located Boulevard Charles V in Honfleur (14).
Heated indor swimming pools, indoor & outdoor water slides, sauna & Hammam pools. Parc De LEurope av Gen de Gaulle, Vire (14).
Cyclomundo - Pays dAuge Bicycle Tour
4-day self-guided bicycle tour through Normandys Pays dAuges picture-perfect scenery: Honfleur, Beuvron-en-Auge, Cambremer.
Chemins de la Baie
Crossings, guided walks and nature trails across the bay of Mont Saint Michel (50)
Croisieres a bord du Val dOrne
All year round on Sundays, boat trip, departing Putanges-Pont-Ecrepin for a 16km boat trip on the Lac de Rabodanges. Lunch and dinner trips every day except tuesday with reservation during summer.
Normandy Battlefield Tours
From a virtual tour including many photographs on the website to a set or personalised, even accompanied tour.
Dale Booth Normandy Tours
D Day tours provided by a professional guide in all sectors of the Normandy Battlefield sites
Maisy Battery
Recently uncovered German gun battery which had been hidden for 60 years. Open 7 days a week from 10:00 - 18:00. Route des Perruques, Grandcamp Maisy (14).
Guided visits and tastings at this chocolate makers chocolate museum at Rte de Conches in Damville (27).
Chemin de Fer de la Vallee de lEure
Day trips on the old train line between Rouen and Orleans through the Eure valley. Also a programme of special events and trips throughout the year. Details on the website (in French).
D-Day Tours
Organised guided tours of the Normandy battlefields and D Day beaches including handicapped or wheelchair access.
Chateau Guillaume le Conquerant
William the Conquerors birth place. Guided historical visits in English. In Falaise (14).
Colonel Rudder - D-Day Landings Boat Trips
Guided tours by motor launch seating 65 with bar and toilets. Disabled access.
Normandy Safaris
In groups of no more than 6 people. 5 nights in rural Normandy visiting Omaha Beach, American War Cemetery, Battlefields, Bayeux Tapestry, Monets Garden, Falaise Gap some pretty Chasteaux.
Musee du Chemin de Fer Miniature
One of the biggest miniature railways in Europe with 400m of track, 250 locomotives, 450 carriages, 650 house and more. Crepes and cider to consume in the garden. At Les Fours a Chaux in Clecy (14).
Parc Festyland
Theme Park located at Caen-Carpiquet (14)
Gold Beach Evasion - Loisirs & Circuits
Bus trip to the sights of D-Day, regional trips and sight seeing.
Le Souterroscope Des Ardoisieres
Underground adventures. Slate mines, caves, underground lake, magic mirrors, tunnels and galleries. Bring warm clothing (10) only). Creperie, restaurant, minigolf and shop close by. In Caumont-l-Evente (14).
D Day Landing Tours
Visit battlefields made famous in The Longest Day, Band of Brothers & Saving Private Ryan with native English speaking guides. Private tours to the American, British and Canadian sectors or an itinerary tailored to suit.
Guided tours in air conditioned mini-bus visiting public and private sites of historic interest to those wishing to discover the history of the Normandy landings.
Villa Strassburger
Gustave Flauberts sumptuous villa. Visits in July and August only, Tuesday and Wednesday from 15:00 to 16:00. At ave Strassburger in Deauville (14).
LAttelage des Grandes Marees
Visit the beaches at low tide on a horse driven carriage and discover the oyster and mussel sites. Trip takes two and a half hours. At 45 rue de la Mielle in Gouville-sur-Mer (50).
Chateau de Bizy
Castle in splendid grounds to visit at Avenue des Capucins in Vernon. Open daily except Mondays from 1 April-1 November 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00. Vernon (27).
Viaduc de la Souleuvre
Viaduct built by Gustav Eiffel and hosting bungy jumping, an adventure park plus giant flying fox. Located at La Ferriere-Harang (14)
Chateau de Nacqueville
Guided tours of the chateau and park of Nacqueville. Chateau is a fortified manor from 1510 and the gardens were created in the 1830s. In Urville-Nacqueville (50).
Zoo de Jurques
Zoo located at Jurques (14), 20 minutes South West of Caen
Le Val des Cimes - woodland adventure
Woodland adventure park with activities for all ages. Located close to Saint-Gatien-des-Bois (14). Open daily between April and September.