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Charming fortified village

7th smallest village in France by area, Bourg-le-Roi has preserved much of its medieval architectural heritage, notably its ramparts and fortified gates.

Take a trip down memory lane

in Bourg-le-Roi

The history of Bourg-le-Roi is due mainly to one man and not the least, Henry II of Plantagenet, Count of Anjou and Maine, Duke of Normandy and Aquitaine and King of England, who wished to strengthen control over the roads linking his various possessions.

The distinctive feature of this village, still visible today, is its “urbanism”. Still encircled by the ancient wall and opening outwards through fortified gates, two of which are still in place, the village is organized into blocks: the more irregular ones, concentrated around the church, date back to the village’s earliest period, while the more regular, even rectilinear ones recall the much more modern era.

A craft making the village famous:


The village boomed in the mid-19th century with the installation of an embroidery workshop whose reputation reached as far as the English Court. The Boulard family worked on the Point de Beauvais technique, which is said to be finer, allowing greater harmony of color. The story came to an end in the late 60’s, but is now told at the Point de Beauvais Museum.

Step back in time at the

Medieval Festival

Every June, knights and gentlewomen
get together for a day in Bourg-le-Roi.
The program includes an arts and crafts market, a medieval meal, …

Meet the dungeon’s new occupants

at the Animal Park

Located on the site of the Tower, where the remains of the dungeon are still visible, the brand-new animal park is home to Cotentin donkeys, dwarf goats, alpacas and Ouessant sheep.

Get up close to the animals with your family or school and enjoy a tender moment with these “little furry beasts”.

He came to Bourg-le-Roi,

General Leclerc

A military icon of the Second World War, General Leclerc left his mark on Bourg-le-Roi on the evening of August 11th, 1944. It was that day the 2nd Armored Division under his command liberated the village to the cheers of the local population. For an hour, the General and his men took up residence in the town square, just enough time to take a break and plan their future strategy before the liberation of Alençon. Today, this square bears his name, and a commemorative plaque installed in its center recalls the event.