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The Cathedral and the Old Bayeux

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The Cathedral and the Old Bayeux

Gem of the Normand architecture, situated in the heart of the conservation area, the Bayeux Cathedral was consecrated on 14th July 1077, by Bishop Odo of Conteville, in the presence of his illustrious brother, William the Conqueror, duke of Normandy and king of England. It is believed that Odo commissioned the Bayeux Tapestry. The masterpiece from the Middle Ages was probably intended to be hung in the cathedral nave.


Around the cathedral, the historic centre, untouched during the events of 1944, offers a rich heritage comprising timber-framed houses, manors and townhouses.


To be noted: the tourist office of Bayeux propose guided tours of the Cathedral and of the old Bayeux !


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Contact us!
Tourist Office of Bayeux
Pont Saint-Jean
14400 BAYEUX
+33 (0)2 31 51 28 28

Privileged access to the Treasure room and the Chapter House
during tours organised by Bayeux Intercom Tourist Office.

Available at the Tourist Office

« Notre Dame Cathedral, Bayeux »

« Notre Dame Cathedral, Bayeux »

Author : François NEVEUX with the collaboration of Claire RUELLE
Editor : OREP Editions

Construction of Bayeux Cathedral began in the Roman period, under Bishop Hugues, to continue under William the Conqueror's brother, Bishop Odo (11th Century). Following serious fire damage during the 12th Century, the cathedral was rebuilt in Gothic style in the 13th Century. Construction of the central tower began in the 15th Century, under Bishop Louis d'Harcourt, to be completed only in the 19th Century following major work by Eugène Flachat. The aim of this book is to provide a short history and guided exterior and interior tour of the monument. It helps visitors and readers to discover of one of France's finest cathedrals and an indisputable masterpiece of Norman Gothic art.

Price : 5,70 €

Practical information

Guided Tours :

Our visits are conducted by a tour guide and interpreter.

Visits from monday to friday.


Easter holidays: visits from Monday 20 April to Friday 24 April 2015
Summer: visits from Monday 29 June to Friday 18 September 2015
All saints holiday: visits from Monday 19 October to Friday 23 October 2015
Visits of the Cathedral: 10am - 2.15pm  (duration:1 hour)
Visits of the Old Bayeux: 11.15am - 3.30pm (duration: 1 hour 45 minutes)
Language: French and English


Individual prices :

Ticket sale on site or at the tourist office


Adults: 5 €

11-17 years old: 3 €

Under 10 years old: Free


Prices for groups :

You may join individual tours:


Priority is given to groups.

The tour will be conducted in the language you have chosen upon reservation.


Visits from June 29 to August 30 2015: Monday to Friday


Visits of the Cathedral: 10am - 2.15pm
Visits of the Old Bayeux: 11.15am - 3.30pm


Current rate for groups: 3€ / person.
One free ticket for 20 paying visitors.
Reservations for groups should be made with our Promotion Department, Bayeux Intercom Tourist Office:
+33 (0)2 31 51 28 27

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