Plan Your Visit
The Memorial site is oriented east to west, parallel with the coast about 700m inland, and the entrance is at the eastern edge. At the site, you will find a car park, toilet facilities, a picnic area and a free WiFi hotspot. It is approximately an 8-minute walk to the Memorial from the car park following the Memorial Walkway.
Finding a name
The names of the servicemen and women under British command who died on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy are listed on the Memorial in chronological order according to their date of death.
The names of the 1,746 who died on D-Day itself are inscribed on the D-Day Wall of Memorial Court. Names are recorded by Armed Service: Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, Merchant Navy, and “others”, including Special Agents and War Correspondents. The names of those who lost their lives after D-Day between 7 June and 31 August are inscribed on the columns of the Memorial, in a clockwise direction from Memorial Court.
The Roll of Honour lists the names of all those on the Memorial, as well as their date of death, their column number showing their location on the Memorial as well as historical context and further information about their story in some cases.
The easiest way to find a name during your visit is to download the free British Normandy Memorial App on your smartphone (iOS or Android). This will point you towards the column number where the name is inscribed. The app also includes an interactive map, audio guides, stories about the names on the Memorial and an augmented reality guide of the Normandy coastline.
The Trust is appealing for relatives of the fallen to share stories, pictures, letters and other archive materials connected to their loved ones to be preserved digitally via the app. You can email [email protected], sharing a maximum of 500 words and 5 images and /or archive documents.
Share pictures from your visit with the Trust by tagging @BritishMemorial on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
The British Normandy Memorial is accessible from the car park via the Memorial Walkway, a compacted gravel footpath suitable for wheelchairs and walking frames. There are gravel pathways all around the Memorial, but the central Memorial Court and pergola walkways are paved. There are benches throughout the site to rest on during your visit.
The Memorial does not have staff onsite to provide assistance for specific accessibility needs, although we will always endeavour to make your visit as comfortable as possible. If you have any specific concerns please email [email protected].
Groups of all sizes are welcome to visit the Memorial. Coach parking is available. If your group includes people with additional accessibility requirements please contact us in advance. We would encourage everybody in the group to download the free British Normandy Memorial App before visiting. If you are in a large group be sure to book ahead if you want to eat nearby many of the local restaurants and brasseries get full during high season.
Extending your stay
After your visit to the Memorial there are lots of places to visit locally. The remains of the Mont Fleurie gun battery are located in a private field just next to the Memorial and can be accessed using local roads and footpaths – please follow the local signposts and keep to the paths. The village has a small memorial to the soldiers of the XX Infantry who landed in Ver-sur-Mer and a Sexton self-propelled gun nearby, both close to the beach. There is a newly established walking tour of the village with 10 explanatory panels which takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.
For information on what to do further afield please visit the local tourist information websites.
The Memorial is situated in an area of Normandy with a rich history, stretching from Neolithic times and the Roman occupation of Gaul to one of the defining engagements of the Second World War. Normandy is also famous for its food and local produce, as well as it’s beautiful beaches, wildlife reserves and historical buildings.
For information on where to eat and sleep as well as ideas on what to do after you complete your visit to the British Normandy Memorial visit the local, regional and departmental tourist information websites.
When are you open?
The Memorial is accessible all year round. The toilets are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Toilet opening times may depend on the season.
Is there any charge to visit the Memorial?
The Memorial is free to visit. There is a small charge to use the car park and all of the funds raised go towards the ongoing maintenance of the Memorial and its grounds.
How long do I need to visit the Memorial?
We would recommend 90 minutes to visit the Memorial, giving you time to contemplate the events which took place on this site, learn the stories about some of those involved and to take in the beautiful Normandy coastline.
Can I download a map of the Memorial?
To help you make the most of your visit to the Memorial we have developed a free app which includes an interactive map featuring audio guides. It is available to download from the App Store and Google Play.
Do you have toilet facilities?
There are fully accessible toilet facilities next to the car park. The toilets are typically open from 9am to 7pm every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, but please check the signs on the toilet doors for the most up-to-date information. There are no toilet facilities next to the Memorial. We have baby-changing facilities in the toilets.
Is there somewhere I can buy food?
There are no refreshments at the British Normandy Memorial but sandwiches and snacks can be purchased from shops in the centre of the village, just a five-minute walk away. There is a picnic area near the car park where you can eat. The closest restaurant is Le Sexton Côté Mer approximately a 20-minute walk from the Memorial.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are welcome but they must be kept on a leash at all times. You should take any dog waste away with you.
Can I help look after the Memorial?
By making a regular monthly donation, you can become a Guardian of the British Normandy Memorial and help preserve the site for future generations. Find out more here.