Just outside Lisieux, the magical château of Saint-Germain-de-Livet which dates back to the 1400s. It has a fine group of buildings typical of the county, with the timber-framed manor and the 16th century residence in glazed brick and stone, a corner tower, moat, lake and beautiful gardens. Inside, the castle is as much a museum as a castle and holds an extensive range of furnishing and paintings, particularly of the 19th century.
After the Second World War, which significantly influenced the city, the reconstruction work helped to develop an exceptional heritage. From the timbered houses, to the gardens, to the manors are demonstrating a rich and intense history. And the enchanting home of the History and Art museum of Lisieux maps out the story of the city from Roman times to the present day, a very detailed insight through the history.
And there is more, as Lisieux is very deep in the Calvados AOC, you will be able to see how this delectable apple brandy is made. You will have the choice between a few domains to pick for your tour, and naturally you will get to taste the calvados at the end.
In July and August, the Sanctuary organises a one day pilgrimage tour in Lisieux. This 3 hours long pedestrian tour links every Theresian site in the city center : Basilica, Cathedrale, House of Les Buissonnets and Carmel. Departures are every day from the Basilica at 2pm (even at 10/07 and 15/08). Free tour. No need to book.
Access by train
The Garde de Lisieux is the main train station for the town, and is offering a direct connection to Paris Saint-Lazare every day. But the station is also served by Caen, Cherbourg and Trouville-Deauville.
Access by plane
There is no airport in Lisieux, the closest airports will be in Paris. There is no direct bus from Paris to Lisieux. However, there are trains departing from Paris CDG Airport and arriving at LISIEUX: clemenceau via LE HAVRE: gare routière.
How to get around Lisieux?
It is very easy to get around Lisieux, everything can be done by walking. However if you wish to visit the surroundings, you can always get the bus to take you to the sea or other towns.