Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
4.5
Architectural BuildingsReligious Sites
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
About
The cathedral of Notre-Dame in Bayeux is an impressive building, a mix of Romanesque in the 11th century crypt and glorious Gothic in the 13th-century nave. In the 11th century after the Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066, ties with England were strong. You'll see a reference to the turbulent past above the south transept portal where sculpted scenes show the life of Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was assassinated in Canterbury Cathedral on the orders of King Henry II of England. The Bayeux Tapestry was kept here from the 11th to the 18th centuries, probably displayed for the first time on the day the cathedral was consecrated in 1077 in the presence of William the Conqueror.
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  • Merijo A
    Arnold, Missouri3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent experience
    The magnificence of the Cathedral can’t easily be described. We were able to go to Sunday worship—and though we are not Catholic, and we speak no French, it was a wonderful experience, as locals, old and young, arrived on Sunday morning. Google translator made it possible to read in English what the priests were saying in French. Just being there and seeing what so many craftsmen created over hundreds of years, viewing the crypts below—imagining what all has happened here was quite an experience—like standing where William the Conquerer stood in 1077!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 10 March 2023
  • Ernie H
    Cardiff, United Kingdom1,827 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressed
    Well worth a look if you like religious architecture. This one doesn't disappoint. Side chapels with the odd reliquary here and there. Go down into the crypt, see the way light behaves through the stained glass windows. There is an in and an out door but no-one seems to pay attention there!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 April 2023
  • tx32f
    Haslet, Texas312 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive cathedral for such a small town
    We stayed in Bayeux while visiting the WW2 beaches and battle sites and the cathedral was right outside our AirBnB's window. We listened to the bells each hour and, of course, had to visit the building itself. It is still an active church and an amazing piece of architecture, built in 30 years with all hand labor. Well worth the visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 20 April 2023
  • Hans-Olof H
    Stockholm, Sweden933 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A magnificent cathedral with an interesting crypt
    The Bayeux cathedral is really impressing and very beautiful. It is built in the thirteen century on the foundation of a church from the time of William the conqueror. A few parts of William’s church are still there, namely a part of a tower and the very nice crypt with some very fine mural paintings. It really dominates this cosy small town. Its main tower is really something and all the exterior is very intricate construction and a seldom beauty. It is definitively worth visiting.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 15 May 2023
  • Loribbb
    Gaithersburg, Maryland9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss if you are in the area
    Read the history before coming; there are explanations around the church but it's helpful to know what you're going to see. The details are remarkable - stained glass, carved wood, murals, floors, side chapels. Be sure to visit the crypt behind and below the main alter. So much history in one place.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2023
  • caterinarina
    Schaumburg, Illinois42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bayeux Beauty
    Another Notre-Dame Cathedral worth spending an hour or so to take in the intricacies of this hallowed space. You can spot the cathedral from numerous vantage points throughout Bayeux. We took a lot of pictures (yet to be developed), and we hope we will have some nice memories of this place!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Linda R
    Salisbury, United Kingdom627 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical Cathedral
    When you see it in the distant it looks really amazing and beckons you to go in. The fact there are no tall buildings around it means you can see it instantly miles away. Inside is very historical with lovely church music playing in the background which I always thinks gives it a special atmosphere. Free to go in too, unlike most UK Cathedrals! It is also a useful landmark to find all the other venues to visit in Bayeux.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Norma J
    Crayford, United Kingdom202 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible place
    For someone who is not particularly religious, this cathedral is absolutely beautiful, very large and yet somehow feels quite intimate with it’s numerous prayer areas. The stained glass windows are incredibly colourful and it’s history a very long one going back to the 11th century. Stunning!
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
  • tash0201
    Rugby, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking architecture and detail - just beautiful.
    The cathedral is magnificent inside and out and well worth a visit if you are in the area. We stayed in Bayeaux as a base to visit the Normandy beaches and D-Day landings. We experienced the external light show at the cathedral on our first night in Bayeaux and that was spectacular. We returned on our second day to explore inside the cathedral and were glad we did. The architecture and intricate detail in the construction of the building is mind blowing. Allow at least a couple of hours to be able to take everything in. The stained glass windows are beautiful and the frescos on the ceilings are breath taking. I’m so glad we experienced so much more in Bayeaux than it just being a base for us….I would highly recommend.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • KYGirl40391
    Winchester, Kentucky62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, Gothic Church like Notre Dame in Paris
    Very beautiful, gothic church. The stained glass and gothic architecture are stunning inside and out. This is a working and operational church. They do not charge for admission to tour. However, it cannot be cheap to keep in such beautiful condition. Consider a generous donation when you go.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
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Michelle S
St. Petersburg, FL185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Beautiful cathedral. A lovely walk in the area. Take a look inside the church, its gorgeous. Be sure to see it at night, the lighting is breathtaking.
Written 1 February 2024
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Gena.25
Leicestershire, UK116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A beautiful peaceful cathedral. Central location, close to the Bayeux tapestry museum. Open to the public, we looked at the architechture inside which is amazing to think how it was produced nearly a 1000 years ago.
We attended when the Christmas market it was located outside, it also had farm animals and a santas grotto.
Written 21 December 2023
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John B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Beautiful! The whole town of Bayeux was a wonderful European experience.

Friendly people. Beautiful Cathedral. The Bayeux Tapestry is a must see. Plenty of shops and restaurants to savor fine French cuisine.

And the countryside is perfect for day trips!
Written 11 November 2023
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Deborah W
Boston, MA52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We marveled at the outside, and later inside, at the Cathedral and were fortunate to hear the organ being played. It is a beautiful and moving site to visit (whether you are Catholic or not) and particularly so after you have viewed the Bayeux Tapestry, which was hung here for many years.
Written 9 November 2023
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Ann C
Nashville, TN3,274 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The Notre-Dame Cathedral in BAYEUX is Roman Catholic, it is an example of Norman Medieval architecture. The Cathedral was consecrated in July of 1077. William the Conqueror was there! The Cathedral was added to with extensions and decorations/embellishments 13th to 15th C. The cathedral is a national monument.

Free to enter
Written 1 November 2023
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Maria C
Houston, Texas17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady, this is not to be missed. It is located in the heart of the old town historic center. A masterpiece of Norman Romanesque and Greek architecture it is as impressive as the “other famous” cathedral in Paris.
Written 28 October 2023
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Jim T
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A beautiful gothic-style cathedral. A visit is like walking into a century many years ago. Votive candles and soft background chanting are just part of the experience.
Written 18 October 2023
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SeeTheW0rld62
Sunnyvale, CA1,499 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The cathedral is enormous. I read that it's as big as Notre Dame in Paris. Apparently, William the Conqueror's half brother, Odo, was the local bishop and had the cathedral built in his honor so it had to be big. The inside is nice but I think the cathedral in Rouen is even better.
Written 14 September 2023
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KYGirl40391
Winchester, KY62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Very beautiful, gothic church. The stained glass and gothic architecture are stunning inside and out. This is a working and operational church. They do not charge for admission to tour. However, it cannot be cheap to keep in such beautiful condition. Consider a generous donation when you go.
Written 5 September 2023
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is a highly impressive cathedral. The exterior and interior are amazing. Use of clear stained glass is interesting. Worth a visit!
Written 31 August 2023
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