Gothic art in the Manche
A blend of two architectural styles
Right in the centre of Coutances, you can’t miss the majestic cathedral with its blend of architectural styles that makes it so unique.
Although the cathedral was originally built in the Romanesque style, it was rebuilt in the early 13th century and became predominantly Gothic. If you take a guided tour of the upper galleries, you’ll see traces of these different styles along with the Romanesque structure of the cathedral.
a majestic monument
Look up and admire the soaring twin towers of Coutances Cathedral, topped with stone arrows that overlook the town. You’ll be impressed by the sheer size of the cathedral, but also by its incredible level of detail. Take time to appreciate its magnificent façade with a wealth of artistic elements.
Visit with a guidefrom the Pays d’Art et d’Histoire du Coutançais association
Take a trip up to the top of Coutances Cathedral to see it in all its glory! An expert local guide will take you on an immersive tour of the upper galleries, where you’ll have a fantastic view down into the cathedral. You’ll see this beautiful building in a new light, with a fresh perspective on its structure and a bird’s eye view of the choir.
Find out about the mysteries of the cathedral and the secrets of its construction on a guided tour full of surprises. You’ll discover the roof structure, the galleries, the towers and of course the incredible lantern tower.
Do you want to enjoy Coutances Cathedral at your own pace? Dive into the history of this religious building with an audioguide provided by the Tourist Office in Coutances. The tour takes around half an hour and is available all day. Listen out for the story of the cathedral, its architecture, the different stages of its construction and its historical evolution. You’ll find out everything you want to know on this 11-step tour.
Available in English and French, you can rent the audioguide all year round from the Tourist Office in Coutances, or directly from the welcome desk at the cathedral in summer. This self-guided tour costs 3 euros.