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Things to do in Normandy

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Normandy. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite 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 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 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

  • 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

  • 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
  • Normandy American Cemetery

    No matter how jaded you are, you just have to cry, seeing those crosses stretch into the horizon. More
  • Port Marine

    Score some of the best Breton striped shirts in the region. More
  • Ste.-Catherine Church

    Honfleur’s greatest surviving building, and its separate bell tower date back to the 15th century. The largest, most unusual wooden church in Franc... More

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