Just 20 km from Caen and ten minutes from the sea, Bayeux, in Calvados, is a lively, practical and safe town built on a manageable scale, making it a great place to live. Spared from bombing during the Second World War, it has an exceptionally well-preserved heritage in a green setting.

A few key facts about Bayeux

  • 13,000 inhabitants (30,000 in the wider urban area)
  • 16 km of coastline
  • 500 shops
  • €2,496/m² (source DVF & PAP – Oct. 2023)

Top 4 reasons to move to Bayeux

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The town, countryside and sea

Living in Bayeux means enjoying all 3! Enjoy city life while breathing in the fresh air that blows along the cliffs and the sea, in the Aure valley or in the Balleroy forest. In Bayeux, every day feels like a holiday.

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A treat for the eyes

The first town to be liberated in mainland France, Bayeux was completely preserved and boasts a stunning old town centre. Cathedrals, private mansions and medieval timber-framed houses are sure to charm visitors.

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Everything in one place

Bayeux and the surrounding area offer a wide range of educational, sports, cultural and leisure facilities (swimming complex, media library, bowling alley, art schools, etc.). The town also has a hospital and a maternity hospital.
It also boasts popular markets, small shops in the town centre and larger ones in the outskirts of the town.

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And easy to get to, even without a car

Get around the town using the many cycle paths. You can also reach Caen city centre in just 20 minutes by train or car on the RN13.

Moving to Bayeux: let us guide you!

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Have you decided where to live in Normandy, but you’re still not sure where to start? At the Town Hall, you can find a welcome pack containing all the practical information you need (housing, shops, services, schools, etc.).

At the end of the year, the mayor and local council will welcome you for an informal get-together. A guided historical tour will also be provided.

And to keep you up to date with all the latest news from the town, the Town Hall will keep you posted by post, online and on social networks.

What not to miss in Bayeux

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The cathedral

In the heart of the old town of Bayeux, this is a remarkably well-preserved example of Norman medieval architecture. The building was consecrated in 1077 by Bishop Odon de Conteville and attended by his brother, William the Conqueror. 

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3 museums that reveal the history of Bayeux

Discover the history of the town in its 3 museums, including the famous Bayeux Tapestry (Unesco Memory of the World), the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum and the MAHB (Baron Gérard Museum of Art and History).

And also…

World-renowned for the remains of its artificial harbour, which played a key role in the successful D-Day operation, the seaside resort is now home to a brand-new D-Day museum.

France’s leading shellfish port is also a popular destination for recreational boaters.

The large Saturday morning market
You’ll find the whole town at the Saint-Patrice square, stocking up on fresh, local produce and catching up on the gossip! The perfect place to make new friends.

Working in Bayeux

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Are you looking for a job in Bayeux or the surrounding area?
The area’s 700 retailers and 1,500 very small businesses also contribute to the buoyant local economy.

Are you looking for premises or land for your business? Bayeux Intercom‘s economic development department is here to help.

The top sectors and companies recruiting

Food industry

The area’s main employers include two leading names in the food industry: the Frial group (550 employees), Europe’s leading producer of ready-made meals, and the Lactalis group (250 employees), a world leader in dairy products.

High-tech manufacturing and precision engineering

High-tech manufacturing and precision engineering are also represented, with Piercan (120 employees) in Port-en-Bessin, a world leader in the manufacture of extremely protective gloves for the nuclear and medical sectors. 


Bayeux is also home to Factem (75 employees), a leader in audio accessories for the aerospace industry, and Pantechnik (12 employees), which specialises in ions for the medical and manufacturing sectors.

Learning and studying in Bayeux

The area has 16 pre-schools and elementary schools (public and private), 4 public and private collèges, 3 public and private lycées and 1 technical and professional lycée.

For young residents wishing to pursue further studies, Caen, which offers a wide range of higher education courses, is only 20 minutes away by public transport.

Academic establishments in Bayeux

The Arcisse de Caumont technical & professional lycée offers higher education courses, such as:

  • BTS Technical Assistance for Engineers
  • BTS Accounting and Management
  • BTS Transport Management and Associated Logistics
  • BTS Tourism.

What’s on in Bayeux

With a packed programme of events throughout the year, you’ll never be bored in Bayeux!

  • Graine de Mots
    Storytelling, song, readings and more take to the stage at a number of venues around the city, with many artists taking part.
  • The international circus festival
    Every two years, for a whole week, you can discover a selection of circus acts that have won awards at the biggest international festivals.
  • D-Day Festival Normandy
    Every year, the Bayeux region celebrates its reclaimed freedom with a host of events.
  • Medieval fairs
    A journey back in time for three days, with a huge parade, a medieval market and a host of street performances.
  • Bayeux Urban Trail
    An exciting 5 to 10 km night-time race through private and public buildings.
  • Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for war correspondents
    Since 1994, journalists from all over the world have come together every year to reward the courage and dedication of war correspondents working in conflict zones.
  • Le Goût du Large
    With tastings, market sales and a whole host of events, Normandy’s leading fishing port celebrates the arrival of the first scallops.

Useful information in Bayeux

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