Beach is the ideal touring base for the five D-Day landing beaches.
At the western end of Gold beach, Arromanches was the site
of the massive Mulberry harbour, an artificial port the size of Dover,
floated across the channel to guarantee supplies during the battle
of Normandy. The remains can still be seen and the full story is told
in Arromanches' own "Musee
On the cliffs above Arromanches is the not to be missed "360°
Cinema", with its unique and emotional presentation of the events
of June 6th 1944. Close by is the Batterie
de Longues, which is the only coastal battery to still have its
guns in position.
First time visitors are often surprised at the number of bunkers,
gun emplacements, monuments and Museums dotted along the fifty odd
miles of coast assaulted on D-Day, and we can help you with route
planning to make the most of your stay. We have a large selection
of books spread around the rooms to fill in the detail
There are 27 war cemeteries in the region. Marked on the giant wall
map in our guest lounge, they will provide you with a chilling and
poignant impression of the human cost of the liberation of Europe.
American, and German
Major museums at Pegasus Bridge
and St Mere Eglise tell the story
of the British and American Airborne operations at both ends of the
front, while the Juno Museum at Courseulles
charts the huge contribution of Canadian forces overall.
Smaller museums such as at the Merville
Batterie captured at huge cost in a daring British Airborne raid,
the No.4 British Army Commando museum at Ouistreham, Blockhouse Hillman
captured by the Suffolk Regiment, and the US Rangers Museum at Grandcamp
Maisy all tell their own enthralling and often tragic stories.
There are impressive gun emplacements at Point du Hoc on Omaha beach,
as well as at Crisbecq and Azeville,
and a newly re-discovered Perruques site at Grandcamp Maisy that everyone
is talking about. (view the article from armourer magazine [here]).
Private museums also contribute to the story. On Omaha beach there
is the Memorial Museum the D-Day Omaha Museum and the Big Red One
Museum. At Port en Bessin the fascinating D-Day Wrecks
Museum is filled with tanks, wrecks and artefacts recovered from
At Ver sur Mer the excellent Gold
Beach Museum is run by a chap who on June 6th was a schoolboy
living at the famous "Lavatory Pan House" as it was known to the assaulting
British troops. This was the site of the Mont Fleurey Battery, where
the only VC to be awarded on D-Day was won by Stan Hollis.
And inland from the coast, don't miss the Radar Site at Douvres la
Deliverande, the Falaise Gap Museum,
the Polish Museum in the "corridor of death" at Montormel , and the
tiny but packed Museum at Tilly-sur-seulles.