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. Put Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Bayeux tour itinerary planning app .
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  • Audio guides are available in English and this enabled our group to thoroughly enjoy the visit. There is also a short film available upstairs.  more »
  • The impression is very strong! Two Embroiderers within two years this embroidered carpet! Dimensions: length-carpet 70 meters, a width of 50 cm! Embroidered 600 human figures, 200 figures of horses, 50 dogs, 30 different buildings, 40 ships! The total number of plots-1500! It's unbelievable!!!
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  • Say this tapestry has a thousand years with its so fresh colours and its scenes of action so animated - the Museum is exceptional.
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  • I have wanted to see the Bayeux Tapestry (embroidery) for years, and I had an opportunity to do so as somewhat of a fluke of circumstance. We arrived as part of a tour group, and we were shuffled in rather quickly. I was not expecting the embroidery to be as large, or even as moving as it was. This particular stop on my trip through France was amazing, and I recommend both seeing the embroidery here and viewing the nearby cathedral. Everyone spoke English, and the audio tour (which you must take, I believe), was offered in multiple languages, including English. You can get right up close to the embroidery (which is behind glass), and the audio tour is perfectly timed to give you a chance to look at every aspect, and still keep you moving. Even though the viewing was crowded, it still created an intimate atmosphere. There is not much else to see in the museum, but you don't need to see much else. Photography of the embroidery is not allowed, even without flash, but the gift shop has plenty of copies of the entire thing.
  • Loved it. A little piece of history which is a once in a lifetime experience. We went outside of weekend/school holidays so it was not busy so it was absolutely glorious to see the tapestry without too many people. However, the audio guide does not let people push or go in front of you so there is not any sort of rush to get round the tapestry or move out of people's way. The museum is also great; the extra information about Normandy and William the Conqueror was really interesting.
  • I went here back in 1999. I know it was a affair few years ago but it was still very interesting. It was a place we went to on a school trip and it was just so amazing to see. We had these little phone things which told you every last detail you want to know about the bayaux tapestry. I will make this one place to visit when I go back to France at some stage..... A deformed must see.
  • Fantastic illumination of the tapestry. Excellent range of audio guide languages available (incl. Swedish(!)). After viewing the tapestry there's also a complementary museum included.
  • Such an amazing thing to see! If you like history (especially medieval history), this is absolutely a must-see. It's a quick and lovely drive from Paris (you could do a day trip or find a quaint hotel to stay in). The tapestry itself is unbelievable - it just keeps going! I highly recommend spending the extra money on the audio guide, otherwise you won't know what you're looking at.
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