The tourist Office in Coutances has just produced a leaflet if you’d like to take a self guided walk around Coutances. It’s available in French and has also been translated into English and German.
Start at the tourist office and follow the map and commentary. Look above the shops and you’ll find interesting façades and architectural details.
The guide takes you past the cathedral but do take the time to go in as entry is free. Originally built in the 11th century the cathedral was Romanesque in style. The current Gothic structure replaced it during the 13th century.
You’ll also walk past the Saint-Pierre church. This was built in the 15th and 16th centuries and combines Gothic and Renaissance styles.
Near to the botanical gardens is the Quesnel-Mornière museum. The gardens are also free to wander around and have wonderful themed displays every year.
Wander past the town hall (Le Mairie) a former townhouse dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
The walk should take an hour or so. You can pick up the leaflet for the self guided walk around Coutances from the tourist office. They’re based at 6 rue Milon, 50200 Coutances. Or check out their website.