Mike Jenkinson’s Guide to Normandy Tourist Traps

Posted by Guy Pringle, 21st October 2010

Mike has a serious interest in the military history of the area and has assiduously worked his way through the majority of those associated specifically with the Second World War. Below is his assessment of:

• how long you should plan to spend there

• how much the entry fee is (in 2010)

• his personal ‘star rating’

 

■ Caen, Le Mémorial de Caen (Peace Museum) – 4-5 hours, €10-17.50, ★★★★★

■ Ouistreham, Pegasus Bridge – 1.5 hours, €6, ★★★★★

■ Merville-Franceville, Merville Battery – 1.5 hours, €5, ★★★★

■ Bayeux, British Cemetery – 30-45 mins, €FREE, ★★★★ and nearby . . .

■ Bayeux, Musée Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie – 1.5 hours, €6.50, ★★★★

■ Arromanches village – 30-45 mins, €FREE

■ Arromanches, Musee de Debarquement – 60 mins, €6.50, ★★★★★

■ Arromanches, 360° Film Theatre – 45 mins, €4.20 (but parking €2) ★★★★

■ Colville-sur-Mer, American Cemetery – 60 mins, €FREE, ★★★★★ (Opening of Saving Private Ryan was filmed there)

■ Vierville-sure-Mer, Musée D-Day Omaha – 60 mins, €5.70, ★★★

■ Grandcamp Maisy Battery, Musée de Debarquement – 30-40 mins, €5.50, ★★★ (Hardy souls only?)

■ Sainte-Mère-Eglise, Airborne Museum – 90 mins, €6, ★★★★★

■ Quineville, Memorial de la Liberté Retrouvée – 60 mins, €6, ★★★★

■ La Cambe, German Cemetery – 30-45 mins, €FREE, ★★★★★

 

I would give a personal recommendation to the idea of visiting the three cemeteries – so different in their respective national characters and an immensely powerful and emotional experience.

 

 

 

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