The medieval Creully fortified castle, close to Bayeux; Crèvecoeur-en-Auge, the château is a unique example of a fortified Lord's manor dating from the Middle Ages where Les Médiévales are held every year; dives-sur-Mer, from where William and his army set sail for the Battle of Hastings, with the names of William's companions engraved above the porch; the medieval town of Honfleur on the Flowered Coast with its slate houses around the Old Dock together with Château Ganne at La Pommeraye and the battlefield site in Argences of the 1047 battle of Val-ès-Dunes.
Avranches, visit the museum to learn the secrets of the manuscripts of the Mont-Saint-Michel and also the castle and dungeon ; the town of Granville built on a rocky headland and surrounded by ramparts and which owes its name to the Grant family to whom William the Conqueror allotted some land; the moated castle of Pirou, one of the oldest and best kept Norman fortified castles; Barfleur, now one of France's most beautiful villages (Plus Beaux Villages de France), used to be the most important Norman port and the Dukes of Normandy and Kings of England's favourite port; Saint-Lô, surrounded by ramparts and whose first fortifications against the Norman invasions are said to have been built by Charles the Great (Charlemagne); Mortain, home of William's half brother, Robert Count of Mortain, who fought with him at the Battle of Hastings; the 13th century Coutances cathedral; Lessay Abbey founded in 1056 together with the Hambye, Sainte-Trinité de La Lucerne d'Outremer and Saint-Vigor at Cerisy-la-Forêt Abbeys; Cherbourg's former 11th century medieval castle; Saint-James with its fortification remnants (ramparts and Tour de la Redoute); Gavray castle, the Tancrède Museum at Hauteville-la-Guichard and many more sites: Gratot castle, Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte castle and Sainte-Marie-Madeleine Postel Abbey together with Bricquebec castle.
Domfront's ruined castle keep with its chapel and dungeon dating back to Henry 1st Beauclerc, son of William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders; the medieval city of Alençon, conquered by William after a long siege; the Château de Carrouges surrounded by a moat; the Andaines forest which inspired 12th century storytellers with the legend of Sir Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table; the Bonvouloir Tower, of a rather unusual shape, in Juvigny-sous-Andaine; the ruins of the Saint-Evroult Abbey at Saint-Evroult-Notre-Dame-du-Bois.
Bernay Abbey, a magnificent example of Norman architecture; the town of Gisors and its 11th and 12th century castle; Château de Verneuil-sur-Avre; the covered market "halle aux grains" at Lyons-la-Forêt, one of France's most beautiful villages, built on the site of a former fortified castle; not far from Honfleur, the Notre Dame de Grestain Abbey at Fatouville Grestain where Arlette, William the Conqueror 's mother, was buried with Herluin de Conteville; the remains of Ivry-la-Bataille castle and of Montfort-sur-Risle castle; the Abbaye de Mortemer at Lisors, together with the Abbaye de Bonport at Pont-de-l'Arche and the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Fontaine-Guérard at Radepont; the abbey church of Saint-Taurin at Evreux with its 13th century shrine; the Saint-Thomas chapel and leper colony at Aizier.
Château de Dieppe built after 1435 on the site of a former dungeon to protect the town against the English and which now houses a museum famous for its ivory collections; Arques-la-Bataille Chateau, overtaken by William, and where Joan of Arc stayed before her trial in Rouen; Eu, the town where William married Matilda; the medieval town of Harfleur close to Le Havre.
Keen on horseriding? Why not ride the 11 stages of William the Conqueror's Route from La Baie des Veys / Géfosse-Fontenay to Falaise?
The Ornavik archeological project to immerse yourself in the Viking culture, close to Caen.