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Visit Falaise

A country town with a turbulent past full of history and memories…

Falaise, a walled medieval town, birthplace of William the Conqueror


The town was founded in the middle ages, and grew in the shadow of its imposing fortress. Birthplace of William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, King of England and hero of the Bayeux Tapestry, the town was an important economic centre. It was famous for commerce and industry, much of it in luxuries, such as fur, drapery, hat making and tanning.

Throughout the Middle Ages, the town was particularly famous for its fairs, held in Guibray and at one time the largest  and most important in France. Falaise still has an exceptional architectural heritage from this era. Mansions, old inns, remarkable religious buildings and its must-see castle (open all year).

Ravaged by the Second World War, Falaise has risen from the ashes.


The town has survived many sieges, but that of the Second World War was probably the darkest.. Closing the Falaise Pocket (or Gap) was the denouement of the Battle of Normandy. The Memorial Museum at Montormel tells the story of the final stages of this decisive and bloody battle. Since May 2016, Falaise has been home to the Memorial Museum of civilian life in the war. This unique exhibition explains what daily life was like for ordinary people caught in the conflict.

Fun and relaxation

Falaise hosts concerts, guided walks, flea markets, craft fairs, medieval festivals, organ concerts, an aquatic centre, and has loads of things to do in the summer and throughout the year.

The Musee des Automates houses a collection of automated window displays which dazzled Parisian shoppers from the 1920s to the 1960s. Local artist Andre Lemaire, born here in 1909, has his own museum.


Come on a Saturday morning when the town is buzzing with the weekly market, the pavement cafes and restaurants are full, and anyone who’s anyone is in town.


circuit_patrimoine_falaise_normandieFalaise heritage tail.

The trail has 20 key points of interest marked with interactive terminals, pavement bosses or information panels to guide you through the town and its history. Get the leaflet from the Tourist Office or download it .




Tourist Office of Falaise and its area
Falaise et son pays - Tourist office - Normandy

Tourist Office of Pays de Falaise
5, Place Guillaume le Conquérant
14700 Falaise
Contact us Opening hours

+33 (0)2 31 90 17 26