Hotels and restaurants in Normandy near the D-Day Landing Beaches

Where to Stay and Eat in Normandy

If you're going to the Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches in the summer you'll need to book in advance. And on June 6th, the date of the D-Day commemoration, you'll have to book months ahead. It's a popular area with visitors to this glorious coast where long sandy beaches are now peaceful places for holiday makers.

  • 01 of 07

    Best Western Le Dauphin in Caen

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    ••• Caen at sunset. Getty/ Loic Gaget EyeEm

    Caen makes a good central point for many of the D-Day Landing Beaches and Memorials, particularly in the eastern part of the area. It’s easy to reach the Caen memorial, Merville Gun Battery, Pegasus Bridge at Ranville, Juno Beach Centre, and Arromanches D-Day Museum at Arromanches-sur-Mer.

    Best Western Le Dauphin
    Le Dauphin is very central, located just around the corner from the castle, and near some lively bars and restaurants. A former priory and chapel, it’s been added to and the rooms are thoroughly modern with good bathrooms. The restaurant serves Normandy specialities. A good spa and pool complete the package.
    Address: 29 rue Gemare
    Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 31 86 22 26
    Hotel website

    There's a choice of hotels from the Tourist Office

  • 02 of 07
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    ••• Le Petit Matin, Bayeux. © Le Petit Matin

    Bayeux makes a very good center for visiting both east and west. Its most famous attraction is the stunning Bayeux Tapestry, depicting warfare - in 1066. Bayeux is convenient for Juno Beach Centre, Arromanaches, Omaha Beaches and the American Cemetery.

    Le Petit Matin
    This delightful chambre d’hote (bed and breakfast) in Bayeux is in an old building with its own square tower housing the main rooms. It’s right in the center, just near the Cathedral and has just three delightful rooms, all individually decorated and full of antiques.
    Address
    9 Rue des Terres
    Place General de Gaulle

    Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 31 10 09 27
    Website

  • 03 of 07

    Château d'Audrieu

    Château d’Audrieu is a little further from the Normandy Beaches than the other recommendations, but this Relais et Chateau hotel offers top accommodation and has a Michelin-starred restaurant. The nearest D-Day sites are Arromanches and Omaha Beach.

    Château d’Audrieu
    This wonderful château of the 18th century, still family-owned, is set in rolling, tree-filled parkland and lovely walled gardens full of fragrant flowers. Approached up a long drive to a classical façade, two wings spread out to either side. Inside it’s as historic as you could wish, its public rooms with wooden floors and polished wooden furniture. The rooms are gracious and large; the bathrooms thoroughly modern and the views magnificent. Dine in the evening in the candlelit restaurant.
    Address
    14250 Audrieu, Calvados
    Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 50 30 84 75
    Website

  • 04 of 07

    La Ferme de la Rançonnière

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    ••• Ferme de la Ranconniere Hotel, Normandy. Ferme de la Ranconniere Hotel, Normandy

    Just a few kilometers from the sea and north east of Bayeux, this is a wonderful place for a short or long stay. It's near Caen, Arromanches and Juno and Omaha Beaches.

    La Ferme de la Rançonnière
    This 18th-century fortified manor house has been converted into an extremely comfortable hotel. Drive through the gateway and you enter a garden-cum-courtyard surrounded by warm stone buildings. Every room is different, but all are large with good antiques and beautiful fabrics and have wonderful views. The restaurant offers top value menus and regional specialties. It’s a favorite with the British and is good for families.

    Address: Route de Creully-Arromanches
    14480 Crepon
    Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 31 22 21 73
    Website
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  • 05 of 07
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    ••• Le Manoir de Beaucron, Normandy. © Le Manoir de Beaucron

    Just a kilometer or so from the sea in the Cotentin Peninsular in west Normandy, this is a good place for the Utah Beach Museum, Ste-Mère Eglise and the Airborne Museum and the Open Sky Museum.

    Manoir de Beaucron
    1 rue de l’eglise
    50480 Brucheville
    Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 33 42 40 25
    Website (in English)
    This old mellow stone-walled manor house has been converted into a charming bed and breakfast. Located in one part of the building, you have to go up a winding staircase to reach rooms which look out over rolling farmland. Individually decorated, the rooms are pretty and uncluttered, with simple furnishings. Rooms are a good size and bathrooms well equipped.
    There’s a lounge downstairs and an excellent breakfast with home-made jams, fresh bread and croissants and the local delicacy of sweet rice pudding. There’s no restaurant, so you will have to drive to dinner (see below).

  • 06 of 07

    L'Estaminet Restaurant, Sainte-Marie du Mont

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    ••• L'Estaminet, Sainte Marie du Mont, Normandy. © L'Estaminet

    If you're staying at Le Manoir de Beaucron, this is an ideal place to eat, just a few minutes drive from your accommodation.

    L’Estaminet

    4 place de l’eglise
    50480 Sainte-Marie du Mont
    Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 33 71 57 01
    The little village of Ste-Marie du Mont has an imposing church, a small museum and the odd tank parked around the village which can be disconcerting after a good dinner at l’Estaminet. Bright, welcoming, crowded and local, the stone-walled restaurant (which doubles as a hotel with four rooms) offers good cooking at good prices, with menus running from 21 euros to 30 euros.

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    Creperie le Feu Ardent

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    ••• Crepes. Getty/Michaela Begsteiger

    In the small village of Ste-Mère Eglise, this is ideal for a lunch after visiting the village, the Airborne Museum or the Open Sky Museum nearby.

    Creperie le Feu Ardent

    31 rue du General de Gaulle
    Ste-Mère Eglise
    Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 33 41 36 63
    Website (in French)
    You can’t miss Le Feu Ardent; it’s directly opposite the church with a life-sized cartoon model of a soldier outside. Inside, it’s cramped, noisy and very jolly with good crepes and cider on offer as well as more substantial dishes.