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Visit Lisieux

Lisieux may be known throughout the world today thanks to Sainte-Thérèse, but it has origins dating much further back. It is one of the oldest towns in Normandy! In Gallo-Roman times, its inhabitants were called the “Lexovii” and have become today’s Lexovians. Half-timbered houses, private mansions, the Cathedral, the Basilica, 1950s buildings… A rich architectural heritage stems from this long history. A zoo, gardens, castles… Lisieux and its surrounding area also have a wide range of leisure activities to offer. A commercial town with modern cultural and sports facilities, life is good in Lisieux!

Best things to do in Lisieux

Lisieux and its surroundings

What to see in Lisieux ?

Lisieux and its surroundings

Lisieux, place of pilgrimage to Sainte-Thérèse

Lisieux is France’s second most famous pilgrimage site and reknown all over the world. The many pilgrims flocking to the town first make their way to the imposing Basilica of Lisieux which dominates the town’s skyline before visiting the Carmel, former convent of Sainte-Thérèse and Les Buissonnets, her childhood home. Walk in the footsteps of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, more commonly known as Sainte Thérèse of Lisieux, as you stroll through the streets of the town.

A rich architectural heritage in the town centre

Thanks to its long history, the town centre of Lisieux boasts a rich civil and religious heritage such as the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre, numerous private mansions, remarkable half-timbered houses (especially those housing the Museum of Art and History and the Mérimée Chocolate Factory), without forgetting its unmissable Basilica and the sites linked to the life of Sainte-Thérèse of Lisieux. Discover historical and cultural gems as part of a guided tour or on a self-guided tour with your smartphone.

The largest zoological gardens in Normandy, just 5 minutes from Lisieux

More than 1,500 wild animals are just waiting to be discovered at Cerza Zoo! Located in Hermival-les-Vaux, just 5 minutes from Lisieux, this gigantic zoo covers more than 80 hectares and offers you an exceptional experience to get up close and personal with animals from all over the world. An absolute must!

Castles around Lisieux

Just 5 minutes from Lisieux is one of the most beautiful castles in the whole of Normandy. With its formal French gardens, moat, 15th-century half-timbered manor house and 16th-century glazed brick and stone château, Saint-Germain-de-Livet is nicknamed “the wonder of the Pays d’Auge”! Boutemont Castle in Ouilly-le-Vicomte, a former medieval fortress built from the 12th century, is not to be outdone with its superb gardens, boxwood and topiary. These castles are part of a themed tour called the Castles and Manors Route.

Lisieux Tourist Information Center

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Lisieux Tourist Information Center

11 rue d’Alençon

14100 Lisieux

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