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'For your Next School Trip to Normandy'

School Trips to Normandy


Normandy - A Thousand Years of British History!

Normandy is an ever-popular destination for UK Schools. From William the Conqueror to the D-Day Landings of World War Two, this region of France has played a huge role in British history. In addition to the obvious wealth of historical attractions, the region also boasts 400 miles of magnificent sandy coastline as well as a host of charming towns, villages and fishing ports.

You can find out more about the If your school group wishes to broaden the educational perspective beyond D-Day, Normandy's rich culture and heritage offers many other fascinating possibilities. Places of interest such as Bayeux and Deauville, and slightly further afield to the impressive medieval city of Rouen and the World Heritage site of Mont St Michel.

Fascinating attractions

Bayeux This historic medieval town is home to a beautiful Cathedral and - perhaps most famously - the Bayeux Tapestry. Embroidered just eleven years after William the Conqueror's famous victory, the 230 foot linen cloth depicts the Battle of Hastings of 1066. The Centre Guillaume-le-Conquérant enhances the experience with exhibitions, models and films. Elsewhere in the town there is the excellent Museum of the Battle of Normandy just across the road to the British Military Cemetery and its memorial to those who fell in the conflict here in 1944.

Caen The capital of Lower Nomandy, Caen is a lively, cultured university town with a compact historic centre. Although devastated in 1944, it was carefully restored, and today successfully blends modern with old, dominated still by William the Conqueror’s Château Ducal and his two great abbeys. The presence of a colourful marina in the heart of the town is a reminder that Caen is also a proud seaport.

The Caen Peace Memorial Museum is essential for school groups studying 20th Century History, offering a poignant insight into the causes and consequences of war in a mixture of permanent and temporary exhibitions. The sheer scale and variety of this attraction can take nearly a whole day to cover in detail.

Deauville Between Honfleur and Cabourg, the coastline is dotted with resorts, casinos, watersports, sunshine, sandy beaches backed by wooded hills. It started in Trouville, which triggered the 19th-century trend for sea bathing. Fashionable Deauville, created in the 1860s by a trio of wealthy entrepreneurs, was completed in 1910 with a promenade, casino and racecourse. Touques and Dives-sur-Mer have historic links with William the Conqueror, while Cabourg will always be associated with Marcel Proust.

Honfleur A beautiful scene with cobbled streets and half-timbered or slate-fronted houses, Honfleur is a working port with a long maritime history. First noted in the 11th Century, by the 15th Century it had become a significant stronghold. Its heyday came some 200 years later, when it spawned intrepid explorers like Samuel de Champlain, who set out from here to found Québec. Le Vieux Bassin, the charming old dock at the heart of the town, is brimming with colourful sailing boats, making it attractive to swarms of artists have since the 19th century.

Le Mont St Michel Nearly three and a half million visitors enjoy this picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site each year. With a history stretching back over a thousand years, Mont St Michel has plenty to offer school groups with its Abbey, museums and shops nestled amongst its winding Medieval streets.

Rouen Dominated by the River Seine and the Notre-Dame Cathedral, this major historical city and regional centre is well worth a visit. You will be following in the footsteps of Richard the Lionheart and Joan of Arc - the latter having been burned at the stake in the Market Place by the English several centuries ago, her story now being recounted at a brand new attraction in the town.

Our Centres in Normandy

Euroculture now offers eleven residential centres in Normandy, seven of which are excellent bases for the north coast, whilst one - St-Fraimbault - offers more convenient access to Mont St-Michel and the Brittany region, and another is in the heart of Rouen. All are situated within easy reach of the motorway network to provide superb touring bases to make the most of your school's trip.

 

 


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