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Take A Guided Tour of Bayeux Cathedral

Published on January 16, 2018 by Chris Robinson

The cathedral at Bayeux is simply stunning. If you want to take  a tour you can join a paid visit via the tourist office, wander round for free on your own or purchase an information guide from the tourist office. Information about the tours are available here

The information guide is by François Neveux and Claire Ruelle and is priced at 5,70 euros. It's crammed full of professional photos, a plan  and information about the history of the cathedral. It really will help you to guide you around the cathedral and the not-to-be-missed features.

If you want to do your own visit (with or without the booklet) then there are a few different doors you can enter though. I'd suggest using the entrances on the Western facade where the two towers rise majestically. There are three doors here - a red one in the middle which is not usually open and two smaller ones on either side.

Bayeux cathedral

Take the left hand door and you'll enter a small lobby area which dates back from the 11th century when the cathedral was originally built. The lobby area on the other side is the only other part of the cathedral which remains from this period. The left hand lobby houses these stone figures.

Bayeux cathedral

And, as you walk into the cathedral, this is the sight that greets you.

Bayeux cathedral

The majority of the cathedral dates from the 13th century which was built in a gothic style following major fire damage in the 12th century. The very ornate detail in the stonework arches along either side of the nave is amazing. Monsters, a monkey catcher, lovers and lions are all depicted in stone. Beware of a sore neck from gazing up at them!

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I spent well over an hour just taking photos, admiring the stained glass windows, visiting the crypt and marvelling at the sheer beauty of the building. The photos don't really do it justice but a visit is definitely recommended. If you visit Normandy, this has to be on your must-see list.

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Until 2014 I worked in central London as a marketeer for a membership organization. Years of watching property renovation programmes on TV sparked a dream to do this in France having studied French and worked there previously. I left my job and completed the sale of my house on the same day (a stroke of luck rather than good planning) and headed off to Normandy. I undertook a barn renovation project managing the artisans’ workload. The result is a 3 bedroom gite which I now market all year providing me with endless opportunities to increase my skills and knowledge.
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