The Top 3 places to visit in Normandy

25 Nov 2016 14:59


If France is our nearest European neighbour, Normandy is the closest 'department' geographically and for that matter, closest to our hearts too. Voyager School Travel send dozens of school trips to Normandy every year, the majority staying the Voyager-owned Château de la Baudonnière or Grand' Ferme.

Here we pick our top 3 excursions in the region which, whether you are on a school tour or not, will delight, inform and move you.

 

The 'Pilgrimage' to Mont St Michel

1. Mont St. Michel

With Voyager’s Château de la Baudonnière and Grand’ Ferme both located approximately half an hour away, the Mont St Michel is understandably by far the most popular attraction for school groups visiting Normandy. And with just cause… the imposing and fantastical 12th Century Abbey is one of the most famous and most spectacular sights in France. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site it commands attention, not only is the heady mixture of Romanesque and Gothic architecture a sight to behold,  most groups take the traditional crossing or pilgrimage to the mount, across the sands at low tide, which is as exciting as it is spectacular. Once atop the  mount the panoramic views are simply breath taking.

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The gardens at the American Cemetery, near Caen

2. Caen Memorial and Museum

The biggest town in Lower Normandy is relatively modern in atmosphere, mainly down to the fact it was virtually destroyed in the aftermath of the D-Day landings. The Caen Memorial and Museum is a must see for History students, the museum is excellent, with sections laid out chronologically and dedicated to the Second World War, the D-Day landings and the Cold War.  The memorials are strikingly poignant, the famous ‘Knotted Gun’ and controversial ‘American GI’ statues dominate the front façade, but explore the grounds too to see the German bunker and much more. Caen itself is worth a visit to see the beautiful churches that somehow avoided destruction in the war, and if you’re planning a full day trip out, continue on to the American Cemetery that sits above Omaha beach and is extremely well curated with beautiful gardens surrounding the memorials and graves.

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The Bayeux Tapestry

3. The Bayeux Tapestry

As historical artefacts go, few come close to the information and storytelling (some might say propaganda) that can be gleaned from the Bayeux Tapestry.  A quite remarkable work, nearly 70m in length, it  depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England, and finally the Battle of Hastings. For students of any age this is a familiar tale and one always remembered. To see it first-hand brings home the skill and artistry of its creators almost 1000 years ago. The town of Bayeaux maybe famous for the Tapestry (really an embroidery), but it also has a truly stunning cathedral, Norman Gothic in style and dating to the 11th century.

These are just a few excursions from a whole range of trips available in Normandy to cater for any curriculum or subject. Our school trips can be bespoke for your student group, so talk to the team about a trip to Normandy!

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