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Normandy 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 du Debarquement".

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

bayeux cemetryThere 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. British, Canadian, Polish, French, 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]).
d-day tobruckPrivate 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 the seabed.
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.
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