Découvrir la richesse de notre culture...

Normandy is a fabulous destination for school trips, and the local excursions cover a broad spectrum of themes.

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Our local Normandy school trip attractions


Excursions form an important part of all our French learning programmes as they give students the chance to really explore the history and culture of Normandy as well as the opportunity to interact directly with our local community.

The French immersion programme at Château de la Baudonnière typically includes one guided day-trip or two half-day trips. 

The French language programme at La Grand'Ferme allows students to explore the culture and history of Lower Normandy with a packed itinerary of guided day-trips taking in famous historical sites such as Mont St Michel.

Normandy Experience is our most customisable programme, perfect for groups who want to incorporate more cross-curricular activities into their itinerary, as well as French language. 

On all programmes, your animateur will accompany the group to every venue, acting as your dedicated tour guide and leading the group in French to maximise exposure to the language.  

Our language workbooks also help extend learning on your excursion days because they include content linked to popular visits, such as the local market or D-Day Landing Beaches.

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We are part of the local community and will use our inside knowledge to build your group a bespoke itinerary of excursions and visits. See our favourite excursions below or visit the centre programme pages for sample itineraries.


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Our Normandy excursions

Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel may well be France’s most famous landmark outside of Paris. Built in the 11th century, the Abbey is a feat of medieval architecture with outstanding panoramic views over the bay. The adventurous can approach by crossing the tidal causeway, but wearing shorts is recommended! A guide will make sure you follow a safe route and point out interesting features along the way.

Local markets in Normandy

Local Markets

French markets are a staple of French culture and are always lively colourful affairs, selling local produce, French fashion and accessories and plenty of seasonal fruit and veg. The vendors are usually friendly and keen to help pupils practise their French – ideal places to pick up souvenirs.


Our region is rich in towns where every stone is steeped in history, with medieval ramparts perched over picturesque valleys. One of the finest is St Malo, with its magnificent cathedral, Wax Museum and the Old Market Hall, shops with local crafts and open markets. It’s also home to a huge aquarium, where you can ride on a submarine or even touch living fish – a real hands on experience!

Goats Cheese Farm school trip excursion in Normandy

Goats Cheese Farm

The Goats Cheese Farm is always a popular option among our groups. Pet the goats, milk them and finish off with a tasting session – delicious!


Dinan is one of the most attractive medieval walled cities in France. The old town is full of half-timbered houses, churches, castles and cobbled streets overlooking the river Rance. Its fortifications made Dinan an almost impregnable fortress.

School trip excursion to Granville


The old town with its narrow cobbled streets of houses built from local granite offers panoramic views towards the islands of Jersey and Guernsey to the north and Mont Saint-Michel to the south. Built on its own little peninsula, once the basis of the town's defences, Granville is compact and a fantastic shopping centre.

Arromanches Landing Beaches school trip excursion

Arromanches / Landing Beaches

Arromanches was at the heart of the D-Day Landings and as such has superb museums with emotive and informative displays. One of these museums features a 360° cinema with unreleased footage from war correspondents filmed on D-Day.

The Musée du Débarquement in Arromanches des Bains explains the construction, creation and use of Mulberry Harbours (temporary harbours made because the Germans occupied all fixed harbours along the Northern French coast), which were absolutely crucial to the Allies in winning strategic advantage over the German forces: some say that without them the D-Day Landings would almost certainly have failed.

Caen excursion


The town of Caen is mostly known for its long history. As the city of William the Conqueror, Caen has protected its magnificent heritage including the Caen castle, one of the largest medieval fortress of its time, which now serves as an Art Museum. Caen was also a key site of the Battle of Normandy during the Second World War - a core part of our Normandy Battlefield tours programme. The city has preserved the memory by building a memorial for peace.

Local beaches school trip excursions in Normandy

Local Beaches

The Normandy coastline is beautiful, with miles upon miles of long sandy beaches. So for groups fancying a bit of R&R, a trip to the beach is perfect for an impromptu picnic, beach games led by your animateur or an interesting coastal walk.


Go to the entrancing city of Bayeux to uncover the mysteries of the C.11th Bayeux Tapestry depicting the events leading up to the defeat of King Harold by William the Conqueror, including the Battle of Hastings. Aside from the Tapestry, don’t miss the magnificent medieval cathedral.


15 minutes from the Château, groups can visit the town's Bell Foundry, Copper Workshop and Pewter Museum. It is rich in history and has a great morning market every Tuesday.

La Cité De La Mer

La Cité de la Mer is one of Normandy’s must-see family attractions about man’s adventures under the sea. You can spend a whole day here and visit “Titanic, return to Cherbourg”, a unique exhibition about the celebrated liner. You will also be able to listen to the Captain of Le Redoutable telling you all about his life on board the largest submarine in the world that is open to the public**. Then you will gaze in awe at the 17 aquariums, including the magical, 11-metre-deep, Abyssal Aquarium.

** for safety reasons, children under five are not allowed to visit Le Redoutable submarine.

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