Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, Bayeux

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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux displays a 70-m (230-ft) embroidered tapestry crafted in the 11th century. Stitched after the Battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066, to celebrate England's conquest by William the Conqueror, this remarkable linen canvas depicts Viking ships, a comet, Saxon and Norman cavalries, and a mysterious exchange between a cleric and an Anglo-Saxon woman. The museum provides English translations of the Tituli Latin scripts; a 16-minute video, also in English, presents the tapestry’s historical context. A free English audio guide helps you explore the interpretive room, the tapestry room, and the 13th-century seminary building. A junior audio guide, in English and French, makes this educational experience entertaining for older children. Younger kids can connect with the tapestry by coloring replica printouts using any hues they like. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and many more Bayeux attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Bayeux travel itinerary maker.
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  • After visiting Bayeux for 11 years I reluctantly visited as I thought it was going to be long and boring, really not into Museums etc but really enjoyed it. It goes at quite a pace and would have mayb...  more »
  • Very moving visit. Great tour: the audioguide, not too long, not too learned good format and at the same time which gives enough historical details to feed the curiosity of everyone. The exhibition upstairs is also to see.
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  • In the carpet is a fun story line you with a free audio device in many languages (incl NL) can follow. Visit time about an hour.
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  • Visiting this museum was a real highlight. The Tapestry itself is amazing with an excellent and informative audio commentary perfectly timed to take you through all the scenes at a sensible pace. The other areas of the museum provide an insight into the creation and amazing history of the Tapestry. Very enjoyable and worthwhile experience.
  • The tapestry and accompanying audio guide are great fun. It takes about 30 minutes to see the whole tapestry, and it's worth it. The narration of the story really brings it to life as a piece of art.
  • Viewing the Bayeaux Tapestry was an amazing experience. The audio commentary was really well done, very informative and perfectly timed. The additional displays describing the construction and history of the Tapestry were so interesting. Altogether a memorable visit.
  • Very well done Bayeux! The kids enjoyed having their own audio to listen in English at their level. The tapestry is fascinating and the rest of the museum is engaging and interesting. Highly recommended!
  • Fascinating and unique exhibit. Queues can be troublesome - I wonder if they could raise up half the walkway / tier so people can look over each other's shoulders as they go round? Price a little high but doesn't deter the crowds.

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Take a shuttle from Charles de Gaulle airport to your Bayeux residence. The medieval town center offers cozy rooms in boutique hotels and B&Bs. You can also room in a private residence just on the outskirts of the historic center.
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