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Things to do in Brittany + Normandy

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Brittany + Normandy. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Brittany + Normandy attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Brittany + Normandy to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Brittany + Normandy.

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  • Bayeux Tapestry Museum

    Bayeux’s famous 230-foot-long tapestry—displayed in this well-run little museum—tells the story of the Norman conquest of England. More
  • Casino Barrière de Deauville

  • Casino Barrière de Trouville

  • Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rouen

  • Cidrerie Paul Coïc

    Five miles northwest of Quimper, a first-generation cider maker produces top-notch brews and distilled lambigs. More
  • Claude Monet Foundation

    Yes, it's touristy, but how can you miss the chance to see the gardens? Grounds stay open till November 1 and are ablaze in autumn hues. More
  • Deauville American Film Festival

    During the festival, the population of Deauville swells from some 4,000 to 40,000—more than a few of them royals and retainers, though now more oft... More
  • Eugène Boudin Museum

    Eugène Boudin, a landscape painter from the area, met a young artist named Claude Monet and taught him to use oil paints and to work outdoors. It’s... More
  • Gros-Horloge

  • Île d'Ouessant

    To the modern visitor, the island offers a small but exquisite menu of simple pleasures: walking, cycling, birding, glancing over garden walls to d... More
  • Jean-Yves Bordier Beurrier et Fromager

    Pick up provisions from this esteemed shop and picnic on the St.-Malo seawall. More
  • La Belle-Îloise

    Among today's tourists, the most popular souvenir is a half-dozen cans of prized millimisée sardines (they're dated, like wine) from this La Belle-... More
  • La Chocolatière

    The local specialty is a layered praline paillardise. More
  • Les Sablés d’Asnelles

    The shop specializes in butter biscuits. More
  • Maisons Satie

    The birthplace of the avant-garde composer Erik Satie houses a series of odd but amusing tableaux vivants that tell of his life and times. The odd ... More

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