The town of Bayeux 30 km away
from our 3-star hotel in Caen
Far from the turbulence of the Second World War, you can also travel back to the Middle Ages with its visual beauty and its sense of calm. Old Bayeux, a gem of Medieval architecture, provides just this 30 km from our 3-star hotel in Caen! This too is somewhere marked by William the Conqueror and his wife Matilda. The town’s architectural treasures will enthral you, while its boutiques will charm you.
From capital of Gaul to the provisional capital during the Liberation in 1944, Bayeux has a certain bourgeois charm about it. Guided tours of Old Bayeux will allow you to discover the town's long, long history and the famous tapestry glorifying William the Conqueror. Part of UNESCO’s “Memory of the World”, the Bayeux Tapestry illustrates the Duke of Normandy’s conquest of England. The Bayeux Tapestry is said to have been commissioned by William in 1070 for his wife Matilda, and like Matilda standing by William, the Bayeux Tapestry is right by Notre-Dame Cathedral. Here you can marvel at the colours of the stained glass windows through which the light of Normandy shines.
Then, at the foot of Notre-Dame Cathedral at 37 Rue de Bienvenu, discover a bishop’s palace from the 11th to 16th centuries where you can explore European art - the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire Baron Gérard (MAHB). This museum houses 800 works centred around the theme of artistic production in Normandy, including the Impressionists Caillebotte et Boudin, who managed to capture the unique light of Normandy. Throughout the rooms, archaeological finds from across the Calvados department show the talents of the first artists who lived here, while other areas of the museum focus on Bayeux’s lace and porcelain.