Excursion information

french Excursion information

Day trips and local visits

Situated in the heart of Normandy, there is a fascinating variety of off-site visits within easy reach of the Château. Cultural and historical excursions are an integral part of our courses and provide considerable learning opportunities. Through such visits, students can integrate with local people and become a part of the French culture.

Below is a list of  the more popular choices among schools and groups. The list is not exhaustive however, and we will be happy to organise any trip required. Entry fees are not included as they vary annually and with group number. The Château will supply all additional information and worksheets applicable to a particular visit.

Places of interest


 Traveling time

Le Mont St Michel
Visit to the Mont St Michel
Free entrance | Parking fee (including shuttle) 57.50€ per coach Count at least 1/2 day for any of these visits. Distance - 35 km (45 min)
Guided French/English tour visit of the Abbey 15-30. 50E/group of 30 (seasonal) 4E/child under 12, 7E adult.
Night visit with "lights spectacle" Seasonal. Very late start (11pm)
Reptilarium (Beauvoir) 4E/child under 12 6E/adult
Traverse La Baie- crossing the sands to MSM by foot with guide (3-4 hours walk) Seasonal. Varies by group size.
The Tuesday morning market Free entrance Again you need 1/2 day Distance - 20 km (35 min)
The Bell Foundry 3E/child under 12 4E/adult
The Copper workshop 3E/child 3.50E/adult
The Pewter museum 2 .50E/child 3E/adult
Champrepus ZOO 4.50E/child 7E/adult
Granville (www.ville-granville.fr)
Carolles coastal walk and beach Free entrance (Best in the summer) 1/2 day for any of these places. Distance - 26 km (30 min)
Aquarium and butterfly museum 3.50E/child 6E/adult
Saturday morning market Free entrance
Shopping within the city Free entrance (Combine shopping with a visit to the Old town).
Visit the Old town, fishing port, light house and the headland Free entrance
L’Abbaye de la Lucerne
 2E/child 3E/adult  1/2 day - (20 min)
St. Hilaire du Harcouët
Wednesday morning market Free entrance (Most popular market)  1/2 day - (50 min)
Avranches (www.ville-avranches.fr)
Jardin de plantes Free entrance Combine two of these for 1/2 day trip. 15 km (20 min)
WWII Museum 7E/child under 12 4E/adult
Shopping in the city, tourist route Free entrance
Hypermarket Free entrance
Visit of the cathedral and the public gardens Free entrance You need at least 1/2 day 40 km - (50 min)
Jazz festival in May Free entrance
Thursday morning market Free entrance
Fougères (www.ot-fougeres.fr)
 The largest medieval fort in Europe 19E/group of 20 Acc adults free 1/2 day (1 hr 20 min)
 Shopping in the city Free entrance (Combine the two)
Saint Malo (www.ville-saint-malo.fr & www.bretagne-4villes.com)
Oyster beds and museum 3E/child 1 adult free/8 children 1 day (1hr 30 min)
Aquarium/ Exotarium 6-7E/child 8-10E/adult
Sculptured rocks at Rothéneuf Free entrance
Memorial museum for Peace  7-9E/child 10-13E/adult 1 day (1 hr 45 min)
Abbaye aux Hommes / Femmes (Call Château for quotes)
Pegasus Bridge  Free entrance
Bayeux (www.bayeux-tourism.com)
The Bayeaux Tapestry 3E/child + headphones 1/2 day rushed 1 day better 90 km - (2 hours)
The British WWII Cemetery Free entrance
The WW II Museum 2E/child 3E/adult
The Cathedral Free entrance
Musée du Debarquement  4E/child 6E/adult (Acc adults free) 1 day (2 hr 15 min)
60 degree Cinema  3E/child 3.5E/adult
Normandy beaches, artificial port, Pointe du Hoc etc. Free entrance (lots to see- contact Château for more info)
NB. All entrance costs are paid for by the visiting school. Prices subject to change. Please contact the Château for more information, recommendations etc.

There are a greater selection of markets – ask for further details if necessary.

Some of the 1/2 day visits need to be paired up with another 1/2 day visit in the same direction for it to be viable.