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Normandy – Calvados

Normandy – Calvados

Our highly popular tours to Normandy lend themselves extremely well to cross-curricular studies.

Educational Visits & Study Themes


  • The Bayeux Tapestry, 70m of embroidered cloth that tells of William the Conqueror’s expedition to England and of the momentous Battle of Hastings. Audio guides explain the tapestry and a slide presentation is shown in English.
  • Falaise Castle, William the Conqueror’s birthplace.
  • Abbaye aux Hommes & Abbaye aux Dames, Caen founded by William and Mathilda as penance following their marriage as cousins.
  • Château de Caen, built for William the Conqueror circa 1060.
  • Château de Colombières, medieval castle with moat. Guided by Count Etienne de Maupeon Ableiges and his children.
  • Château de Creully, medieval fortress, occupied by BBC war correspondents and Field Marshall Montgomery after D-Day.
  • Château de Pirou, 12th century fortress, surrounded by an artificial lake.
  • Le Mont St Michel, dramatic island setting with stunning medieval abbey.


  • Pegasus Bridge Museum, dedicated to the men of the 6th British Airborne Division who captured this strategic crossing prior to the D-Day landings.
  • Centre Juno Beach, Courseulles. In this wonderful museum Canadian bilingual students dress in WW2 uniforms and provide a vivid D-Day experience, including a visit to a bunker and an explanation of the reality of the landings.
  • Caen Memorial Peace Museum, excellent museum of 20th century world conflicts including WW2.
  • Arromanches D-Day Museum, relating to and overlooking the British built Mulberry Harbour.
  • Arromanches 360° cinema, gripping and moving WW2 newsreel footage shown in 360° brings the experience vividly to life.
  • Pointe du Hoc, battery and monument to the American Rangers.
  • Ste Mère Eglise Airborne Troops Museum, featuring a parachute and houses a glider.
  • St Laurent American War Cemetery & Memorial, more than 170 acres with 9,387 graves and a fascinating recreation of the battle for Normandy. Excellent free visitor centre.
  • La Cambe German War Cemetery, a stark reminder of German suffering and sacrifice.
  • Bayeux, Douvres-La-Délivrande and Ranville, moving visit to British War Cemeteries.


  • Goat farms, of which there are many in Normandy. All offer guided tours, with owners who have a very good rapport with students. Students can milk the goats and taste goats’ cheese.
  • Cider farms & Calvados distilleries, gives fascinating insight into traditional local agricultural production.
  • Dairy cooperatives at Isigny, Livarot and Lessay, see cheese and milk production in action.
  • Les Co-Pains bakery, very popular visit, must be booked well in advance.
  • Educational dairy farms in the Pays d’Auge, interactive workshops include butter making.
  • Asnelles biscuit factory, students make their own biscuits.
  • Oyster farms provide a fascinating insight into traditional local aquaculture.
  • Chocolate museum near Bayeux. Obviously popular!


  • Flamanville Nuclear Power Station, gives fascinating insight into the modern power generation industry.
  • Pont de Normandie, 2800ft long suspension bridge over the Seine.
  • La Cité de la Mer, Cherbourg, underwater exploration complex and de-commissioned nuclear submarine.
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