Holiday as a family

HOLIDAY AS A FAMILY

SUGGESTIONS OF THINGS TO DO near your gite in Normandy at Le Manoir de La Pataudière

Family holidays are special moments to meet and do activities together. This time is precious and we do our best to guarantee successful holidays for families and children upon your arrival.

To help you, we gathered lots of suggestions for family activities and days out near your holiday house in Normandy. From your cottage in the heart of the Pays de Falaise and the Suisse Normande, you can easily radiate to different tourist attractions of Lower Normandy.

Children and toddlers activities

Of course, during a stay with your family in a baby and toddler friendly cottage, you think about all the places you could go to with your children, toddlers or babies: so, let’s start by activities that are dedicated to your little ones!

Theme parks, amusement parks, aquariums, wildlife parks and zoos, adventure parks, aquatic centres, indoor leisure areas, mazes, tourist trains, mini golf courses, equestrian centres: the list of things to do with our “mini guests” is endless. You can find our favourite child-friendly places close to your self-catering accommodation of Le Manoir de La Pataudière on the page CHILDREN FIRST!

William the Conqueror’s Castle Falaise www.chateau-guillaume-leconquerant.fr

An exceptional castle overlooking the city of Falaise to discover through screenings of videos, recreated furniture, augmented reality and 3D objects on digital tablets when dukes of Normandy and kings of England were rulers of the land. A complete and intense experience for an immersive visit of this mighty fortress of Normandy!

Rail hiking in the Suisse Normande www.rails-suissenormande.fr

Two roundtrip trails making a 2 hours or 4 hours trip that ensure fun for all the family in the heart of nature.

Bayeux and its tapestry www.bayeuxmuseum.com/en/la_tapisserie_de_bayeux_en.html

The Bayeux Tapestry (Calvados) is an embroidery, 70 metres long, made in the 11th century. It is listed as a “Memory of the World” by UNESCO and for sure will fascinate young and old alike (simplified version of the commentary in English for the children).

Caen and its castle, abbeys for a family walk in the heart of the Norman heritage

www.caen-tourisme.fr/en/discover-caen/william-the-conqueror/the-ducal-castel

Caen castle is one of the largest medieval enclosures of Europe.

www.caen-tourisme.fr/en/discover-caen/william-the-conqueror/abbaye-aux-hommes

The men’s Abbey is a masterpiece of Norman Romanesque architecture, founded by William The Conqueror.

www.caen-tourisme.fr/en/discover-caen/william-the-conqueror/abbaye-aux-dames

The Women’s Abbey founded by his wife Matilda of Flanders is also a masterpiece of the Romanesque art.

Le Pin National Stud www.haras-national-du-pin.com/index.php?L=3

The world of the horse on a single site dedicated to equestrian tourism in Normandy for the delight of older and younger alike. The “Versailles for Horses” is nestled in a green haven. You can visit the whole stud: the castle, the stables and the museum as well as the paddocks, the harness room and the forge.

Cité de la Mer www.citedelamer.com/en/

Come to Cherbourg and visit La Cité de la Mer, a family attraction during a day out to dive into the sea life, with its Museum of the sea and its aquarium in Normandy, the deepest in Europe, the visit of the submarine “Le Redoutable” and the permanent exhibition “Titanic, back to Cherbourg”.

Mont Saint Michel www.ot-montsaintmichel.com/en/visite-mont-saint-michel.htm

This medieval city welcomes you with its houses of the 15th and 16th century, drawbridge, ramparts path, St. Peter’s Church and the “Marvel”, the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel for a cultural and contemplative walk around this jewel of the Unesco world heritage!