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The happy history hunt – announcing European Heritage days in September 2017

Château Tourlaville, near Cherbourg

Are you planning a visit to Normandy? History lover? You need to know about this important weekend.

We discovered European heritage days ‘Journées européennes du patrimoine‘ when the charming owner of a Normandy château refused the usual payment for a tour of his lovely home.

Journées européennes du patrimoine

Heritage days take place every third weekend in September.  For two days, visits to cultural treasures are either free or at least heavily discounted.  Originally a brilliant idea by the French cultural minister over 30 years ago, now 50 European countries take part.

  • In 2017 the heritage weekend will take place on 16 and 17 September.
Rarely seen historic ceiling at Chateau Montgommery, in Ducey

A warm welcome

There is an extra bit of enthusiasm from owners and organisers who welcome visitors during this special weekend, keen to share their passion with people who may be new to old things.

Experienced heritage hunters will enjoy the added bonus of unique places usually closed to the public quietly opening their doors.

Château Saint-Germain-De-Livet – our first Heritage Day visit


May all your heritage dreams come true!

The diversity of places to visit is remarkable.  From château to chapel, Roman to industrial archaeology, mines to military, all these and more are represented.

We are sure even the most assiduous Normandy history hunter will uncover a piece of patrimoine they were not aware of.

How to make the most of your weekend

There are two approaches you can take:  1) fierce planning, comfy shoes, a packed lunch and a full tank of petrol or 2) a map, a pin and a sense of adventure.

Both will reveal marvelous Normandy heritage.

Have a look at this interactive map (English version) from the French Ministry of Culture to see who is taking part near you.

16/17 September 2017, see you there!

Gracious and grand restored interiors of Le château d'Eu, Seine Maritime
Gracious and grand restored interiors of Le château d’Eu, Seine Maritime – Entrée Libre (free) for the heritage weekend!


Laika's memorial is on the left (with rocket), click to enlarge.
A special opening of La Maison Bleue de Da Costa – the unique Blue House in Dives-sur-Mer



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