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    PEGASUS BRIDGE MUSEUM - ADULT TICKET

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    Inaugurated on June 4th 2000 by HRH the Prince of Wales. The Memorial Pegasus is dedicated to the men of 6th Airborne Division and their role during the Battle of Normandy from June to September 1944. The museum was designed and constructed within a few months by the D-Day Landing Committee presided by Admiral Brac de la Perrière. Jean-Marc LEFRANC (Former Deputy of Calvados) has been Chairman of the Landing Committee since 2015.

    The original Bénouville Bridge, renamed Pegasus Bridge after the liberation, is on display in the park of the museum along with a Bailey Bridge and a full size copy of a wartime Horsa glider. The collection is constantly increasing in size.
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Ophorus Tours - Sword Beach & Pegasus Bridge British Sector Private Half Day Trip from Bayeux

Bayeux

Sword Beach & Pegasus Bridge British Sector Private Half Day Trip from Bayeux

  • private tours

  • Battlefields

  • 04 hours

  • Small Groups ( 2~8 )

  • Relaxed

  • English

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On the footsteps of the British troops that landed on D-Day

Highlights

  • Get an insight into the British Battles on D-Day
  • Discover Sword Beach landing sector
  • Stop at Pegasus Bridge
  • Visit Memorial-Pegasus museum
  • Pay homage to those fallen at a British Military Cemetery

Program & Itinerary

Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all our guides have a nominative badge so that it will be easy for you to recognize them.Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, ...

Meet your English Speaking Driver/Guide who is a local Expert on WWII

Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all our guides have a nominative badge so that it will be easy for you to recognize them.

Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to visit Omaha beach.

All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system which means that everyone will hear the guide's commentary during driving time, even if you are seated in the back of the van! Also, we have bottled water at your disposal and you can use our free wifi as you travel from one destination to another. Follow a thrilling half day trip to Sword Beach followed by a stop a Pegasus Bridge including the visit of the Museum. Your final stop will be at one of the surrounding British Cemeteries.

Depart for Sword Beach

One of the three D-Day landing beaches areas of the Anglo-Canadian troops, located east of Juno Beach, Sword Beach represents the eastern flanck of the Allied attack on the Normandy beaches. Troops that landed here include the British 8th Brigade, Commandos of the 1st Special Service Brigade and under the command of Lieutenant General John Crocker.

Upon arrival, listen to your guide as he recounts the important moments of the landing, talks to you about the different troops participating, the assault of the beach and the story of Piper Bill Millin.

Visit Pegasus Bridge

After your first stop, your Normandy D-Day beaches tour continues to the sight of Pegasus Bridge. Main objective of the 6th British Airborne Division, the capture of the two bridges of the Canal of Caen and Orne River in Bénouville and Ranville was to secure the left flank of the invasion. 

As part of operation Deadstick, the assault began on June 5th 1944 with Halifax bombers towing Horsa gliders in the night until they reached the town of Cabourg where they broke their trailer. The three gliders that had Pegasus Bridge as an objective landed only 50 meters away from the bridge. Both bridges were taken quite rapidly and the victory message "Ham and Jam" was sent to the Allied ships by traveling pigeon. Ham indicated that the British had seized both bridges while Jam indicated that both bridges were intact. 

The junction with the troops that landed on June 6th took place at around 1.30pm. The French commandos led by Commandant Kieffer accompanied by British soldiers of the 1st Special Service arrived from Sword Beach. Lord Lovat, commander of the 1st Special Service Brigade, accompanied by his personal Piper Bill Millin, apologized to Lieutenant-Colonel for being late.The operation was a total succes even though two airborne soldiers died during the assault while 14 others were injured.

Visit the Museum

Inaugurated on June 4th 2000 by HRH the Prince of Wales. The Memorial Pegasus is dedicated to the men of 6th Airborne Division and their role during the Battle of Normandy from June to September 1944. As you visit the museum, learn about the Bailey Bridge a full size mecano kit that could fit in a truck and be assembled in just over 30 minutes. Other highlights of the museum include the original Pegasus Bridge and a Horsa Glider constructed for the 60th anniversary of D-Day in 2004.

Pay tribute to those fallen at a British War Cemetery

Your half day tour of the World War II British D-Day sights continues as you are take to one of the British war cemeteries. There are several cemeteries located in the area such as the ones in Banneville, Brouay, Hermanville or Ranville. Depending on the timing of your half day guided tour, your driver/guide will stop in one of them so that you may pay hommage to those fallen on that special day. After the stop, it will be time to return to Bayeux and that will be the end of our services.

Our other tours from Bayeux

We operate a number of tours in and around Bayeux including walking tours to visit the Bayeux Cathedral and Bayeux Tapestry museum. Our private tours on a full day or half day option will have you visit Normandy, Mont Saint Michel, the Pointe du Hoc as well as the American Cemetery.

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  • 08:50 am
    or 01:50 pm

    Meet your guide at Place Québec in Bayeux

  • 09:00 am
    or 02:00 pm

    Depart Bayeux towards Sword Beach

  • 09:40 am
    or 02:40 pm

    Visit Sword Beach Sector

  • 10:30 am
    or 03:30 pm

    Visit Pegasus Bridge including Museum

  • 11:45 am
    or 04:45 pm

    Stop at a Commenwealth Cemetery

  • 01:00 pm
    or 06:00 pm

    Drop off at Place du Québec in Bayeux

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Ophorus Tours - Sword Beach & Pegasus Bridge British Sector Private Half Day Trip from Bayeux
Ophorus Tours - Sword Beach & Pegasus Bridge British Sector Private Half Day Trip from Bayeux
Ophorus Tours - Sword Beach & Pegasus Bridge British Sector Private Half Day Trip from Bayeux
Ophorus Tours - Sword Beach & Pegasus Bridge British Sector Private Half Day Trip from Bayeux
Ophorus Tours - Sword Beach & Pegasus Bridge British Sector Private Half Day Trip from Bayeux

Know before you book

  • Tour available from March to November (except 1st of May)
  • 4 hour Private Normandy D-Day Tour from Bayeux
  • Entrance fees to museums can be paid on the spot, or purchased during booking process
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups please contact us
  • Currency is in Euros
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Pick up at Train Station or your accommodation, hotel or AirBnB in Bayeux, 14400

Departure

We will come and pick you up at your accommodation in Bayeux, or surrounding area, radius of 30 kms (20 miles) around Bayeux at no extra cost.

Other possible pick up locations :
Caen 
Port en Bessin (Chateau La Cheneviere)
Port en Bessin (Mercure Bayeux-Omaha)
Audrieu (Chateau d'Audrieu)
Aurseulles (Chateau du Bû)
Sainte Croix Grand Tonne (Domaine de la Cour des Lys)

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.
 

Included / excluded

Included

  • English-speaking driver & guide, Experts in Normandy
  • Travel in modern, comfortable & fully equipped minivan
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Free WiFi access on board

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to monuments & attractions unless specified in program
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Meals, drinks 
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

FAQ

  • Do you pick up at Bayeux Train Station, Hotel or Accommodation for this half day private tour?

    Yes, absolutely. We will come and pick you up at the Bayeux train station if you are arriving from Paris. We will also come and pick you up at your Hotel, AirBnB or accommodation in Bayeux. Finally, we can also come and pick you up in the surrounding area of Bayeux at a radius of 30 kms (20 miles) at no extra cost.
  • What type of vehicles are used during your half day private tours in Normandy?

    Our company uses only Mercedes Vito Tourer 8 seater minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows, large leg space and on board P/A system for commentaries by the guide.
  • Who conducts your private D-Day trips from Bayeux?

    We mainly employ accredited and licensed tour guides that are also the drivers for all tours that need visits to be conducted by certified guides. Good examples are: the visit of museums, guided walking tours in cities, visit of historical monuments such as Mont Saint Michel and so on. 

    For some tours, such as the day trips from Bayeux dedicated to WWII, passionate guides that were history teachers, ex servicemen will be with you to explain the details of the battles that raged. All our guides are first and foremost very skilled drivers and all of them speak impeccable English.
  • Where is Sword Beach located?

    Sword Beach is one of the assault beaches part of the Normandy Invasion that took place on June 6, 1944. The area is located between Lagrune-sur-Mer and Ouistreham, on the coast of Normandy facing the English Channel. The area of Sword beach occupied an 8 kilometer (5 miles) stretch.
  • Is it possible to lay flowers at the Commenwealth Cemetery?

    Yes, it is possible to lay flowers at gravesites at the Commenwealth cemeteries.
  • Is Bayeux the ideal town and departure point for Normandy D-DAY tours?

    If you are looking to experience Normandy in the best possible way, then our day trips from Bayeux make for an ideal departure point. The charming small town of Bayeux has a large number of options when it comes to accommodation and dining. Moreover, the historic medieval city centre as well as the famous Tapestry are part of the best things to do while in Bayeux.
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