Bayeux Tapestry (Tapisserie de Bayeux)

Overview

Overview

The Bayeux Tapestry (Tapisserie de Bayeux) might be almost 1,000 years old, but it’s still one of the top tourist attractions in northern France. Housed in a purpose-built museum and depicting the infamous Norman invasion of England, its detailed needlework and impressive size draw hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the world every year.

A UNESCO “Memory of the World,” the Bayeux Tapestry (Tapisserie de Bayeux) is a very rare object, one of few textiles to last almost 1,000 years. The 230-foot-long (70 meter) embroidered frieze shows William the Conqueror invading England, and the subsequent Battle of Hastings told from the point of view of the victorious Normans.

Since 1983, the tapestry has been displayed behind glass in a purpose-built, climate-controlled museum called Tapestry Museum (Musée de la Tapisserie), in central Bayeux. The colors and level of detail of the figures shown are remarkable when viewed up close, and make the tapestry a must-visit stop on guided tours of northern France.

  • Entry to the Tapestry Museum is by paid ticket.

  • Discounts are available for students and seniors.

  • Audio guides can be rented at the reception desk.

  • The museum is wheelchair accessible.

  • Visitors can buy a combined ticket to see other museums in Bayeux.

The Tapestry Museum is located at 13B Rue de Nesmond in Bayeux, France. It’s accessible by car or as part of a guided tour that includes transport. Rail links join Bayeux with St.-Lazare station in Paris.

The museum is open seven days a week from February to December, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It closes for the whole month of January. From March to October, it is open from 9am–6:30pm (until 7pm in May–August). In November, December, and February, the museum closes every day for lunch, 12:30pm–2pm.

Also found in Bayeux is the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum that details the events leading up to and including the Normandy or “D-Day” landings. With a collection of military artifacts, including uniforms, guns, and armored vehicles, the museum recreates the events of August 1944 in vivid detail and will be of interest to visitors who want to learn more about the history of the Second World War.

An admission ticket to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum is required to see the Bayeux Tapestry, and prices vary depending on age. Adult admission to the Bayeux Tapestry costs €12, while admission for students and children 10 and older is €5. Children under 10 are admitted free. Admission also includes an audio guide.

Yes, the Bayeux Tapestry is worth visiting. This tapestry is 229 feet (70 meters) long, and the embroidery tells the story of the conquest of England by the Duke of Normandy in 1066. It is exhibited at the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, where admission includes an audio guide to learn more about the tapestry’s story.

Plan on about 90 minutes to see the Bayeux Tapestry. This historic relic, located in the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, is one artifact in a more extensive exhibition that includes a film. An audio guide is included in the entry price, which will keep visitors entertained as they explore the exhibition.

The train journey from Paris to Bayeux in France takes about 2 hours. Once in Bayeux, many visitors visit the Bayeux Tapestry Museum and check out the famous artifact of the Bayeux Tapestry. An audio guide is included with admission to help you learn more about its history.

While the original Bayeux Tapestry has been moved to several locations throughout Bayeux and France over recent centuries, it is now in the Bayeux Tapestry Museum. Plan a visit to this museum to see the tapestry up close and learn about its story from an audio guide.

Visitors seeking the most peaceful experience at the Bayeux Tapestry Museum will want to visit in the morning. A weekday morning will see fewer crowds than a weekend afternoon. Be sure to check the museum for up-to-date opening hours, as it does have seasonal winter closures.

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1939 Bd Fabian Ware
Bayeux, Normandy

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