Discover Bagnoles de l'Orne and follow guided routes from the Bagnoles Tourist Office
In a group with a tour guide, by yourself with an audio guide, or aboard the mini tourist train, the Tourist Office suggests different routes for everyone, each giving a different perspective of the town's history and heritage:
• "Belle Epoque" district (1886-1914)
• Tessé district (from 12th century to the present day)
• Bagnoles de l'Orne thermal and tourist resort
• The Saint Ortaire Priory and the Forest
• Bagnoles told through its famous residents
• Mini tourist train: heritage route
Château de Lassay
Medieval château from the 14th and 15th centuries, one of the only fortified French châteaus conserved intact, with its original architecture. With its 8 immense towers bound by fortifications topped with ramparts, crenellations and machicolations, and an exceptional barbican defensive structure protecting the drawbridge, this is a renowned example of French military architecture from the Middle Ages.
Château de Carrouges
Since its beginnings in 1936, the Château de Carrouges has always remained in the same family. This château has retained all the charm of an inhabited residence, with quality furnishings from the Renaissance to the Restoration, and a wealth of family portraits. The edifice is made entirely of bricks, and is surrounded by a park spanning 10 hectares, complete with gardens, copses, terraces and orchards.
Haras du Pin National
Stud Come and discover one of the most famous stud farms in the world, built at the start of the 18th century, and enjoy the harmonious lines of the first buildings designed especially for horses, on a natural site extending over 1000 hectares. Stables discovery trail, guided tour of the stud, guided tour of the château and the stud: there are tours to suit every taste.
Mémorial de Caen
A day spent at the Caen Memorial for learning, discovery and relaxation. Visit the first museum dedicated to the history of the 20th century. From World War II to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, history is set out before you to improve your understanding of the world.
Château de Caen
Founded in 1060 by William the Conqueror, the Château de Caen is a 5.5-hectare fortress, one of the largest in Europe. It is home to the Musée de Normandie (Normandy Museum), which boasts a varied collection on the history and prehistory of the region. Everything is designed for children: guided tours, interactive books, storytelling, workshops and activities. You can even celebrate your birthday here! Also accommodated within the château is the unmissable Musée des Beaux Arts de Caen (Caen Fine Arts Museum): from the Italian and Flemish Renaissance to the Impressionists, it contains several remarkable masterpieces, by Brueghel, Véronèse, Poussin, Rubens and Courbet, among others.
It also has guided tours and workshops especially for children. Between visits, children and adults can take a break or have lunch on the ramparts, on the south-facing terrace of the Café Mancel.
Biscuiterie de l'Abbaye
Discover all the stages of biscuit production (aprons and headdresses must be worn), sample the specialities and visit the shop.
This is where Marie Harel invented the famous Camembert cheese in 1751. It is said that Napoleon III, invited here to open the Paris-Granville railway line, was seduced by the taste and texture of this strong, creamy cheese, and wished to receive regular deliveries of it in Paris. The Camembert cheese received its knighthood, so to speak, and its reputation was made. After visiting the museum at the Maison du Camembert and perhaps even sampling a morsel of this famous cheese, don't miss the chance to walk through the enchanting little village of Camembert. The half-timbered houses, the 14th century church and the statue of Saint Anne, built in the 15th century, are well worth a visit.
The Bayeux tapestry
Created between 1066 and 1082, the Bayeux tapestry – more than 68 m of embroidery on a width of 50 cm – tells the story of the key points of the Norman conquest of England in detail, particularly the famous battle of Hastings. With over 1500 subjects embroidered (men, animals, buildings, etc.), today it is a mine of information on life in the 11th century. At the time, the purpose of "Queen Matilda's tapestry" was to inform the illiterate population of William the Conqueror's symbolic gestures and heroic feats. Long kept in Bayeux cathedral, it is now held in a museum of its own aimed particularly at children, with age-appropriate audio guides, a colouring area and workshops on Wednesdays. Apart from a few days over the Christmas holidays, the museum is open every day, without exception, from 15 March to 15 November.
Orne Fire Brigade Museum Set in an ancient chapel, this museum houses the biggest collection of horse-drawn hand pumps in France. Exhibition of antique fire-fighting vehicles and items from 1790 to 1944.
OUTDOOR SPORTS AND LEISURE
Our undulating forest is the ideal location to abandon yourself to the joys of this very fashionable sport, which is more intense than just walking but less traumatic on the joints than running. Trainers on, poles up and off you go, on over 280 km of signposted paths!
18 exercise stations in the great outdoors over a distance of 1.5 km, to work your way around at your own pace, keep fit and get some fresh air.
"Le Bois" invites you to discover the Andaines forest from tree to tree, in a fun and acrobatic way. Trails are available for everyone at every level, from beginners to those looking for greater challenges.
More than 460 km of approved mountain bike trails criss-cross the neighbouring forest, just waiting to unfold under your wheels!
9-hole municipal golf course with club house including pro shop, bar and restaurant.
Pre-programmed circuits: 3 walks, 1 mountain biking route and 1 with 8 remarkable sites.
Flying school, discovery flights over the Normandy farmland.
Slot machines, English roulette, blackjack, boules, cinema, Lounge Café, Majestic Dancing, restaurant, terrace bar, mini golf, etc.