The Bayeux Tapestry is one of the world’s most famous pieces of medieval art. It is 70 metres long, and chronicles the legendary tale of the Norman conquest of England, when William the Conqueror invaded and defeated King Harold Godwinson.
In the late 19th century, an extremely ambitious project was undertaken by a group of Victorian embroiderers to recreate the Bayeux Tapestry in full, painstakingly reproducing every single detail, stitch-by-stitch, so that the Tapestry's timeless story could be enjoyed by the people of Britain.
Today, this artwork, Britain’s Bayeux Tapestry, is held at Reading Museum and displayed in our specially designed Bayeux Gallery.
For many years we have shared our Victorian replica with audiences across the world via our online version of the Bayeux Tapestry. Discover the full Tapestry's story and many facts about this remarkable artwork. Click on a scene below to start exploring. Use our zoom tool to see the Tapestry up close. And if you are viewing the Tapestry on a mobile device, be sure to rotate it to landscape, so that you can enjoy the finest details at the highest possible quality.
Chapter 1: Journey to Normandy
Chapter 2: The Prisoner
Chapter 3: The Mysterious Lady
Chapter 4: Brothers in Arms
Chapter 5: The Oath
Chapter 6: The Return
Chapter 7: The King is Dead...
Chapter 8: ...Long Live The King
Chapter 9: Planning The Invasion
Chapter 10: The Crossing
Chapter 11: Beachhead
Chapter 12: William Rides to War
Chapter 13: The Battle of Hastings
The Battle of Hastings begins.
As the Norman cavalry flanks, the English soldiers build a shield wall
The battle rages on, and both of Harold's brothers perish.
The battle rages on, as Bishop Odo makes an appearance.
After falling from his horse, William reveals his face to inspire his
The most famous moment of the Tapestry: Harold's death at the hand of
With Harold dead, the battle is over.
Learn more about the Tapestry
- The history of Britain's Bayeux Tapestry
- People of the Bayeux Tapestry
- What happened after Hastings?
- Bayeux Tapestry school visits, image licensing, and gift shop
- Visit the Bayeux Tapestry Gallery at Reading Museum
- Join us for a guided tour of Britain's Bayeux Tapestry