Local Sightseeing with Disabled Access

Local calf marketIf you are staying at Le Mesnil Gonfroy with disabled member(s) of your group, there are plenty of local places you can visit secure in the knowledge that everyone will be able to get around and enjoy the day out. Here are a few of our favourite accessible places to go while on your holiday in Normandy. There are more suggestions in the information book at the farmhouse, too.

  • Villedieu des Poeles this fascinating old town is famous for its copper ware and has a lively market on Tuesday. The Bell Foundry has been recommended by regular guests where it is possible to have a guided tour in English and is fully accessible to a wheelchair user.
  • Coutances with its world famous twin towered cathedral has a street market on Thursday and plenty of interesting shops and cafes. The local beautiful gardens are floodlit in July and August and are wheelchair accessible.
  • Gavray is a local market town which has a lively calf market on a Wednesday which is fun for all the family. There is a pannier market on Saturday and a good bar/restaurant with tables outside too.
  • Normandy Landing Beaches are within easy reach with many interesting museums and it is recommended that you visit either the Landing Museum in Arromanches or the Memorial de Caen with its 360 degree cinema and museum. Both have disabled access.
  • Bayeux famous for its tapestry is a very pretty flower filled town and both the tapestry exhibition and cathedral are accessible.

If you wish to enjoy the seaside, then there are long disabled-friendly seafront promenades at Julloville (near Granville) and at Hauteville-sur-Mer. At the tourist office of Montmartin-sur-Mer and the lifeboat station there are two superb inventions available for hire to allow disabled guests access to the sea and along hiking trails:

The Hippocampe

The Hippocampe (seahorse) is a water-friendly wheelchair which can be used independently or can be towed or propelled and is light and compact.

The Joelette is also convenient and lightweight and is an all-terrain wheelchair with push or tow bars for assistants and is available for all types of disabilities.

There are many village fairs with Vide Grenier (empty your attic) sales.

These are just a few ideas but we have many more listed in the information book.