Top 10 Things to do in Normandy with kids
Top 10 things to do in Normandy with kids
Fancy a visit to Normandy, France but worried about whether there’s enough things to do in Normandy with kids? Although you may think of Normandy and think it’s just about history and culture, think again! Read our top 10 things to do in Normandy with kids below, and discover there’s so much more to this family friendly French destination than just ‘history for adults’
Normandy – 20 mins away from the UK through the tunnel. A perfect place to explore with children of all ages and a perfect place for any foodie to indulge in.
1, Bayeux Tapestry
Don’t underestimate this museum. A 70m long tapestry might sound boring but they have some great free headphones – adult version and child version to talk you round the battle and the Norman Conquest and it’s amazing how much appeal it has for the kids. Set in the middle of the town of Bayeux it’s a perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon.
2, The D-Day Landings & Beaches.
The main four beaches where the landings took place are a great place to visit. Not only for the historic value – superb museum at Arromanches – but also for the long stretches of sand. Juno & Gold are perfect for sand castle building and paddling (safe swimming areas marked out at both) but Gold also offers up some wind surfing and hire of boards for the more adventurous.
Off to the East side of Caen Festyland is an amusement park perfect for the younger kids. Historically themed its easy to spend the day learning about the Battle of Hastings and Vikings while shooting about on roller coasters, going down water slides, bumper boats and investigating the mediaeval castle.
Being France there are numerous châteaus scattered around. From Balleroy château, full of hot air balloons and amazing murals throughout – owned by the Forbes family to Château Guillaume le Conquérant, William the Conquerors birthplace, which has a free guided tour, to Vendeuvre which has on show an amazing collection of dog kennels – think 4 poster beds!
5, Souterroscope Ardoisieres
A 19th Century slate mine. A mysterious underground world is on offer with a tour through the mine is full of surprises from underground caves the sizes of cathedrals, magic mirrors which allow children and adults to colour rock and minerals finishing up with a fantastic water and light display like a firework show.
6, Zoo De Jurques
30 mins from Bayeux and the landing beaches is the Jurques Zoo. Home to 650 animals from around the world it is also the only park in France to be home to White Lions. While not huge the enclosures are large and have great viewing. There is easy accessibly to all or the enclosures in a buggy and also great viewing for them. The boards are in French & English and informative and interesting.
A gorgeous picturesque town full of cafes and restaurants which offer amazing food and treats. A wonderful village to walk around and after a spot of lunch head to the traditional carousel and then on a boat trip up the mouth of the Seine.
8, Chemin de fer Miniature
One of the largest miniature train worlds in Europe but run by one man – Emmanuelle. Timed visits are a little annoying but it does allow for him to take you round personally and you get to ask lots of questions! This has over 310 square metres of models and buildings. There is also a huge games are for little ones and shop selling local products and a fast food restaurant to grab a bite to eat after it all. And enjoy a quick trip on the little train outside too.
9, Cite de La Mer
Submarines, aquariums and the Titanic. What’s not to love?. 4 separate areas allow you to discover deep sea diving, take a tour on the largest submarine open to the public and the magical aquarium – 11 metres deep (the deepest in Europe!) and then the interesting exhibition Titanic, a return to Cherbourg. Lots of interactive display and a perfect place to head if its raining!
10, Mont St Michel
A real must see if you are in this part. The island is a tidal island and set in the most beautiful setting. The abbey is incredible and summons up images from fairy tales and story of long ago. The cobbled street is full of souvenir shops, créperies and restaurants. Then you climb up 900 steps to the wonderful Benedictine abbey. Keep an eye out for hidden staircases and the giant mouse wheel! There are some great resting places on the way and stunning views across the bay. I would park at the mont rather than tackle the causeway with little ones though. Who said there were not enough things to do in Normandy with kids?
Overall, there are many things to do in Normandy with kids. With an equal measure of history and fun exploration, it could turn out to be quite an educational family trip! Why not give it a try?