Description: Pegasus Bridge is a smallish museum which retells the full story behind the famous glider attack on Pegasus Bridge, one of the two bridges spanning the Orne River and canal. The museum is very informative and has a film show (available in English – do ask) that gives an excellent overview of the events. Outside in the grounds you can visit the original Pegasus Bridge (which has been replaced across the river with a new bridge) and an actual size model of a glider from the war period.
Location: Avenue du Major Howard, 14860 Ranville, half way between Ouistreham (on the coast) and Caen, just off D514.
General Information: Entrance prices: Adult €7.50*, children over 7 €5.50*. Open from February to November and without a lunchtime closure from April to September.
Our recommendations: For historians this is a fascinating museum and well worth visiting, but bear in mind that there are lots of D-Day museums that can be visited, so you may need to be choosy and pick only those of particular interest. If time permits, stop off at the equally famous Café Gondrée across the road for some refreshments – for aficianados this is full of memorabilia for sale.
For the children: Without wanting to appear sexist, this, like most D-Day sites may be of more interest to male members of the family. Our boys loved it – the girls didn’t, so there may have to be some trade-offs!
* please note that prices are subject to change, so check the providers’ website for latest information
Here’s more information to make the most of your visit to Normandy:
- Chateaux / Gardens
- D-Day Sites
- Food & Drink