Normandy is blessed with many fantastic local attractions, there are great local beaches at Carolles, Juilloville and Dragey and coastal walks with stunning views out over the bay. One of the best zoo’s in France is only 5 miles from our centre at Champrepus. With a huge variety of fresh produce and artisan products, buzzing local markets take place at different towns nearby on a daily basis in the morning. And not forgetting the jaw dropping Mont St. Michel which can be considered France’s most famous landmark outside of Paris.
Why not follow the pilgrim route with a guided walk across the bay to Mont St. Michel. This excursion is one of the best things on our programme that the whole family can do together. Further afield are St. Malo and Dinan and the monuments and museums of the Normandy landing beaches at Arromanches. As well as the bay walk and trips to local beaches we can organise a trip to Mr Martin’s famous goat farm.
As you can see, there is a great range of interesting and varied things to do either as part of our programme or options for you and your family if you want to opt out from the activities from time to time during your week.
The Normandy coastline is beautiful, with miles upon miles of long sandy beaches. The main three local beaches are Dragey, Carolles and Juilloville, so for families looking for a bit of R&R, a trip to the beach is perfect for an impromptu picnic, beach games or just to chill out. Keen walkers or ramblers can take the interesting coastal walk at Carolles with stunning views out over the bay.
A fantastic family excursion and highlight of the week is our guided tour of the Bay of Mont St. Michel. There is in no other place in the world where the tides differ as much as they do here! This is a great activity for the family to do together and our friendly and our informative guide will make it even more interesting and fun!
One of the best zoo’s in France is located only 5 miles approximately 15 minutes drive from the Château. The zoo has a diverse range of wild & farm animals along with a botanical garden and a delightful café. There is a covered playground with an Adventure trail for children between 18 months and 3 years old and the penguins’ ball pool for 4 to 6 year olds. There is something here to suit all ages.
French markets are a staple of French culture and are always lively colourful affairs, selling local produce, French ‘fashion’ and accessories, live animals and plenty of seasonal fruit and veg. The vendors are usually friendly; so there is no better place to practise your French and pick up souvenirs.
'La Chèvre rit' is an educational farm that is always a popular choice of visit, situated in Granville approximately 25 minutes’ from the Chateau. Here you will have the opportunity to pet the animals (goats, donkeys and many more) and learn how goats cheese is made. http://www.la-chevre-rit.fr/
There are some lovely coastal walks for keen ramblers; an excellent route around the local area starts at the beautiful beach of Carolles and continues on to the town of Jullouville. From here you’ll be able to take in the magnificent view of the Mon St, Michel. Get those cameras ready!
Go to the entrancing city of Bayeux to uncover the mysteries of the C.11th Bayeux Tapestry depicting the events leading up to the defeat of King Harold by William the Conqueror, including the Battle of Hastings. Aside from the tapestry, don’t miss the magnificent medieval cathedral.
This makes for a full day out for the family by combining the beautiful Normandy coastline with a variety of interesting historical sites.
Arromanches was at the heart of the D-Day landings and as such has superb museums with emotive and informative displays. One of these museums features a 360° cinema with unreleased footage from war correspondents filmed on D-Day.
The Musée du Débarquement in Arromanches des Bains explains the construction, creation and use of Mulberry Harbours (temporary harbours made because the Germans occupied all fixed harbours along the Northern French coast), which were absolutely crucial to the Allies in winning strategic advantage over the German forces: some say that without them the D-Day Landings would almost certainly have failed.
Our region is rich in towns where every stone is steeped in history, with medieval ramparts perched over picturesque valleys. One of the finest is St. Malo, with its magnificent cathedral, wax museum and the old market hall, shops with local crafts and open markets. It’s also home to a huge aquarium, where you can ride on a submarine or even touch living fish – a real hands on experience!
Dinan is one of the most attractive medieval walled cities in France. The old town is full of half-timbered houses, churches, castles and cobbled streets overlooking the river Rance. Its fortifications made Dinan an almost impregnable fortress.
The old town has narrow cobbled streets of houses built from local granite. Built on its own little peninsula, once the basis of the town's defences, Granville offers panoramic views towards the islands of Jersey and Guernsey to the north and Mont Saint-Michel to the south. Granville is compact and has a fantastic shopping centre.
A quaint little town 15 minutes from the Château, you can visit the town's Bell Foundry, Copper Workshop and Pewter Museum. It is rich in history and has a great morning market every Tuesday.
Le Mont St. Michel may well be France’s most famous landmark outside of Paris. Built in the 11th century, the Abbey is a feat of medieval architecture with outstanding panoramic views over the bay. The adventurous can approach by crossing the tidal causeway, but wearing shorts is recommended! A guide will make sure you follow a safe route and point out interesting features along the way.
If you would like any information on these visits we have an information board set up in the Château. Alternatively please give us a call if you wish to discuss before you travel.
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