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The D-Day Landing Beaches

Near the Churchill Hotel

More than 70 years after the end of World War II, visitors from across the world come to the beaches of Normandy to pay tribute to the Allied landing Truly an open-air museum, numerous remnants of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy are still visible today, including artillery batteries, cemeteries, bunkers, scars of bombing and the artificial port.
Our hotel in Bayeux is located at the gateway to the D-Day Beaches, inviting you to discover these major memorial sites in under a 30 km round trip.

Just 10 km from Bayeux is the Gold Beach sector with Arromanches and the remnants of the artificial port. It also houses the D-Day Museum, which retraces the history of the port in detail from conception to construction, and the Arromanches 360 cinema, which plunges you right into the heart of the Battle of Normandy. Located 7 km away, the German artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer stands as one of the major works of the Atlantic Wall. Built by the German army, it includes a fire command post and four casemates, each housing their original cannons.

A bit further on lies Omaha Beach at Colleville-sur-Mer. Nicknamed “Bloody Omaha”, it is perhaps the most famous D-Day beach, and one of the most tragic with enormous American losses. Here you can visit the American cemetery at Coleville with 9387 perfectly aligned tomb stones perfectly across its lawn, the Visitor Centre and the Omaha Beach Memorial Museum (which is technically located in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer).

Between Omaha Beach and Utah Beach, the rugged cliff peninsular of Pointe du Hoc (28 km from the hotel) is one of the must-see places to visit along the D-Day beaches. A strategic point on the Atlantic Wall, the landmark was stormed on the morning of June 6th (D-Day) by Colonel Rudder’s Rangers. It became one of the most difficult battles during the landings. The numerous craters on the cliff are scars of the Allied bombing prior to the operation, which consisted of neutralising the German artillery batteries.
To round off your visits to the World War II sites, visit Sword Beach (Ouistreham), Juno Beach (Courseulles-sur-Mer), Caen Memorial Museum and the Memorial Pegasus.