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Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of D-Day

Campsites near the WW2 Normandy Beaches

D-day assault routes into Normandy
D-day assault routes into Normandy

The 6th of June 2024 will mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, an opportune time to reflect on the historic events that unfolded along the Normandy coast in the days that followed. D-Day stands as a symbol of courage, sacrifice, and the indomitable spirit of those who fought to liberate Europe from tyranny. We pay tribute to the heroes who embarked on this pivotal operation and explore the enduring legacy of D-Day.

Sites of remembrance

Embark on a poignant journey through the hallowed grounds where history was made. Explore the iconic landing sites such as Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach, and Sword Beach, each marked with tributes, memorials, and museums. Stand on the sands that bore witness to the courage of the Allied forces and gain a profound understanding of the challenges they faced as they fought to establish a foothold in Nazi-occupied Europe.

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Interactive Map of D-Day Memorials, Cemeteries, Sites and Museums in Normandy

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Acts of remembrance

Remembering the valour

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the heroic tales of soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy. Discover the untold stories of bravery, resilience, and determination that shaped the outcome of World War II. Engage with historical artefacts, personal accounts, and multimedia exhibits that bring the experiences of the soldiers to life, allowing us to honour their sacrifices and keep their memory alive.

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

Commemorative ceremonies

Participate in solemn ceremonies at various locations across Normandy. Pay your respects alongside dignitaries, veterans, and visitors from around the world as we remember the fallen and express our gratitude for the sacrifices made. The 80th-anniversary ceremonies will be particularly poignant as a reminder of the enduring legacy of those who fought for freedom.

Educational programs and lectures

Enrich your understanding of the historical significance of D-Day through a series of educational programs and lectures. Renowned historians, experts, and eyewitnesses share their knowledge and insights, shedding light on the military strategies employed, the challenges faced, and the impact of D-Day on the course of World War II. Engage in thought-provoking discussions and gain a deeper appreciation for the bravery displayed by the soldiers.

Veterans reunite
D-Day Veterans
D-Day Veterans

Veterans' reunions

The 80th anniversary presents a unique opportunity to bring together the surviving veterans of D-Day. With fewer than a thousand D-Day veterans still alive globally (an estimated 6 in the UK) and all of them well into their 90s, this gathering is an opportunity to witness their heartfelt reunions, hear their personal stories, and express gratitude for their service. These living legends provide a living link to history, and their presence serves as a reminder of the immense sacrifices made by an entire generation.

Exploring the Normandy region

Beyond the historical sites, take time to explore the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Normandy region. From charming coastal towns to picturesque landscapes, there is much to discover. Sample delectable local cuisine, visit renowned museums, and experience the warmth and hospitality of the locals who have preserved the memory of D-Day for generations

The 80th anniversary of D-Day is a time for commemoration and an opportunity to ensure that the legacy of those who fought and fell on the beaches of Normandy remains etched in our collective memory.

D-Day Normandy camping

Camping in Normandy

We're predicting record numbers of visitors to the Normandy region in June 2024, so it pays to book well ahead. Below we've listed some of our favourite campsites in the region.

One hour from Paris, on the banks of the Seine and overlooked by the impressive remains of Château Gaillard (Richard Coeur de Lion), this attractive...

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Set in the grounds of a château, Castel Camping le Château de Lez Eaux lies in a rural situation just off the main route south...

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Le Marqueval is a well established, lively, family site of 284 pitches (including 60 mobile homes), located close to the seaside town of Hautot-sur-Mer, just...

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La Côte de Nacre is a large, popular, commercial site with many facilities, all of a high standard. It is an ideal holiday location for...

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A friendly, family site, l’Anse du Brick overlooks a picturesque bay on the northern tip of the Cotentin Peninsula, eight kilometres east of Cherbourg port...

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Camping de la Vée is a pleasant municipal site in the town of Bagnoles de l’Orne, and is open for a long season (March to...

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Bellevue is located just west of Villers-sur-Mer with its sandy beach, and nine and a half kilometres west of fashionable Deauville. It is ideally located...

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D-Day mapped

How we created the map

In order to create the most accurate map possible, we imported more than 30 historical maps and invasion plans into Google Earth.

The maps included the beachheads, sectors, and positions of the Allied fleet at H-Hour, along with the routes taken by the vessels and air support to reach the Normandy coast. The mapping was sourced from various libraries and museums, including the Imperial War Museum, Bodleian Library and online resources such as and

Juno and Sword Beach maps overlaid on Google Earth
Juno and Sword Beach maps overlaid on Google Earth

The historical maps were aligned with modern satellite mapping using roads and other landmarks, such as churches which have remained unchanged since before the war. We traced the various routes and plotted the ships' locations on Google Earth before exporting the data and merging it with a list of museums, cemeteries and monuments sourced from the Normandy Tourism website.

Alternative Normandy Campsites

Castel Camping Le Brévedent is a well established, traditional site with 132 pitches (105 for touring units, 31 used by tour operators) set in the...

You will receive a warm welcome at this small family run site, set in quiet and picturesque countryside. Grouped around a converted farmstead, the 5...

Camping le Point du Jour has a very French flavour and is an ideal location for family holidays as it has direct access to a...

Le Picard campsite is located in Tournières, in the Calvados region in the heart of Normandy. The site is situated right in the centre of...

This welcoming, environmentally friendly, family-run site, close to Cherbourg and Caen, is situated just across the road from a long sandy beach. It is also...

This attractive and well maintained quiet, rural site is well laid out with 51 hedged touring pitches on level grass, 38 with 10A electricity, and...

This is a pleasant family site with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, owned by the Commare family who have made a number of improvements in recent...

Castel Camping le Château de Martragny is an attractive site in the parkland of a château. Close to D-Day beaches and Bayeux, it is also...

The staff at this beautiful campsite offer a warm welcome to visitors. Situated on the edge of the little town of Pontorson, 9 km. from...

Le Grand Large is a well established, quality family site with direct access to a long sandy beach and within a 20 km. drive of...

L’Aiguille Creuse, conveniently close to Le Havre, is named after a rock, alleged to be hollow, near Etretat. The site is set back from the...

The Huttopia group acquired camping Le Colombier just before the 2017 season, and significant investment took place in 2018. The site is situated in the...

This is a peaceful, rural site close to the Normandy coast and the pretty harbour town of Honfleur, where you are assured of a friendly...

Camping Port’land, now a mature site, lies on the western edge of the delightful little resort of Port-en-Bessin, one of Normandy’s busiest fishing ports. The...