Description: With a huge series of German gun emplacements and interconnecting bunkers situated on a prominent headland between Utah and Omaha beaches on the Normandy coast, Pointe du Hoc was considered by the allied invasion forces to be of crucial importance on D-Day. Today as you wander the picturesque headland with its beautiful far-reaching views its make it is hard to imagine the scenes of over 60 years ago. It is still possible today to go inside the bunkers as well as viewing the former gun sites.

Location: On D514 between the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach (Colleville-sur-Mer) to the east and Grandcamp-Maisy to the west.

General Info: A large car park and information point with toilets is sign-posted from the main road. A level walk takes you to the well preserved site where you are totally free to wander.

Our Recommendations: While fascinating to aficionados of history this is worth visiting only if you are in the area. We loved it but appreciate that it is not everyone’s cup of tea!!

Websites: Check these before you visit to make up your own mind Pointe du Hoc and  Ranger Monument

For the Children: There is lots of space to run around, although care needs to be taken with younger children as there are steep drops around as well as wartime debris. Also one should remember that this is an historical site and needs treating with respect.

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