We have carefully selected our accommodation in Normandy, in traditional family run hotels and purpose built youth centres. They are all superbly located in popular coastal resorts and within close proximity to all the key visits.
Maison Familiale Bon Sejour
This purpose built youth centre in Merville-Franceville has direct access to the beach. With an abundance of facilities for school groups its recommended to book early as it is very popular with school groups.
Youth accommodation built around a manor house in Asnelles-sur-Mer, just 3km from Arromanches. You can also access the beach directly here.
A traditional French hotel located pretty fishing port of Port-en-Bessin, close to all the major tourist sights of the Normandy coastline.
Arromanches Invasion Museum
This includes a sound and light display of the landings, animated models and videos recreating the British construction of Mulberry Harbour.
Arromanches 360 Cinema
The film mixes archival footage filmed in June 1944 by war correspondents, with current shots on the same site, now restored to peace. A dramatic recreation of the experience of landing in Normandy during the invasion. Arromanches 360 is the only circular cinema open in France today.
A unique opportunity to see the world famous embroidery documenting William the Conqueror’s invasion of England. Whilst in Bayeux spend some time around this pretty town to visit the Cathedral or market.
Caen Memorial Museum
This outstanding museum takes students on a historical journey from 1918 through to 1944 and beyond. Exhibitions focus on the Failure of Peace, Life in Occupied France, Total War, the D-day Landings and the Cold War. Guided tours are available.
D-Day Landing Beaches
Guided tours covering the key landing beaches Omaha, Utah, Gold, Sword and Juno can be arranged and are highly recommended. The guides are experienced historians from Caen Memorial Museum.
Cite de la Mer Aquarium, Dieppe
Discover the maritime activity of the fishing ports of Normandy at this museum in Dieppe. You can visit the museum which takes you through the history of shipbuilding via a series of interactive visits and then discover marine habitats in the aquarium.
Mont St Michel
An iconic image of Normandy, this island is part of the UNESCO world heritage sites list. A visit here allows you to drive over the causeway to the tiny island to wander around the tiny streets to visit trinket shops and cafés. You can walk to the top to take a look around the famous abbey and take in the spectacular views.
This old, picturesque port retains its authentic Norman charm, characterised by houses with slate covered frontages painted by well known artists of the Impressionist movement. A visit Eglise Sainte Catherine is a must; it’s the largest church made out of wood in France.
One of the main cities in Normandy, Caen is approx 60 minutes drive from the coast. After a visit to the well known Caen Memorial Museum, Caen has a great range of shops and cafes to spend some free time.
Normandy has an excellent range of food related visits which give a great insight into the culture of this this region and gives students the chance to enter food producing environments to see how local produce is made and in many cases have a go at making it themselves, not forgetting a chance to taste it at the end.
Co-Pains Boulangerie, Cambremer
Here your group will have a guided tour and demonstration on how traditional French breads are made.
Ciderie Manoir d’Apreval, Honfleur
Take a tour around this estate where you will see the orchard and the cider mill and witness the process of cider making from start to finish. Cider and apple juice tastings can be arranged at the end of the tour.
Musée du Chocolat – Chocolaterie du Drakkar, Bayeux
This museum tells the story of chocolate making through the ages and the children’s’ area lets younger visitors test their sense of smell as they try to identify the flavours added to cocoa. After the museum you can see the famous ‘drakkar’ chocolate being made today, followed by a tasting session.
Calvadosienne Oyster Farm, Asnelles
Your visit here will start with a quick lesson on what oysters are followed by a tour around the workshop. You will then have the chance to visit the oyster beds, provided its low tide.
Biscuiterie Cormier, Asnelles
You will see a demonstration of biscuit making and then get a chance to have a go yourselves.
Find out how caramels are made with a tour that covers the whole process, finished off with a tasting session.