This extraordinary tapestry—actually an elaborate embroidery on linen—is one of the sights of Bayeux that really shouldn’t be missed, even if historians believe it was created in Kent, not France. Measuring 69m (226 ft.) long and 50cm (20 in.) wide, this masterpiece displayed in a 270-degree glass case that curves along a tunnel-like room. Throughout its 58 scenes, you discover the story of the conquest of England by William the Conqueror. The free audio guide is definitely worth following, as it provides fascinating details that you are likely to overlook. The devil is in the detail—in more ways than one—so look out for surprising depictions at the top and bottom of the cloth.


A separate part of the museum focuses on the creation of the Bayeux Tapestry, and its displays and scale models bring the Middle Ages to life. Plans are in the works to display the tapestry in Great Britain on a temporary basis from 2020.