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Things to do in Normandy

Normandy in North West France is an area rich in history and home to many picturesque French villages.

The 4h crossing from the UK means that short breaks in Normandy are the ideal getaway. Plus, Paris is only 2 ½ hours and Disneyland® Paris is only 2 hours and 40 minutes away by car from Dieppe. Check out our Disneyland packages to save you money on tickets and accommodation.

The region is divided into Upper and Lower Normandy. The northern half is a more industrial area while to the south the economy is based more on agriculture.

Food and drink play a very important part in the culture of Normandy. Cider, perry, apple juice and calvados are produced here and it's also famous for its shellfish including oysters, mussels and scallops. What is more, it was even the birthplace of the brioche.

Getting there

Catching the ferry to Normandy is easy from the UK. Cross from Dover to Dunkirk or Calais and you can access Normandy via the excellent French motorway network.

Alternatively, sail to Normandy direct and take one of our crossings from Newhaven to Dieppe to save yourself the drive!

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What to see in Normandy?

Mont St Michel is one of Normandy’s most celebrated attractions. Built on a tiny granite island just off the coast, Mont St Michel is the second-most visited site after the D-Day Landing beaches and a listed UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site.

The city of Bayeux is home to the world's most famous piece of embroidery, The Bayeux Tapestry.

There are a number of Battlefields Tours that highlight Normandy’s most significant battle sites. Alternatively, follow the famous Cider Route past orchards, farmhouses and picturesque French villages – a great way to experience the rural heart of the region.

Visit Rouen, the region’s largest city with a breathtaking cathedral and medieval quarterfilled.

Normandy is also renowned for its fabulous cuisine. Visit President Cheese Farm in the heart of Camembert to see the traditional method of cheese-making.

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