Lisieux  is a town in Lower Normandy that is the second-most visited pilgrimage site in France (after Lourdes). Pilgrims come to venerate and seek the intercession of St Thérèse Martin (also known as St Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face).
The nearest airports to Lisieux are Deauville-St Gatien  (served by Ryanair flights from London Stansted Airport and Régional flights from Montpellier), Le Havre-Octeville  (served by Chalair flights from Lyon) and Caen-Carpiquet  (served by Airlinair flights from Paris Orly Airport and Air France flights from Figari, Lyon and Nice).
A taxi from Deauville-St Gatien Airport to Lisieux costs around 50€; a taxi from Le Havre-Octeville Airport to Lisieux costs around 110€; a taxi from Caen-Carpiquet Airport to Lisieux costs around 100€. (See below for a list of taxi companies)
A taxi from Le Havre ferry terminal to Lisieux costs around 100€, while a taxi from Caen (Ouistreham) ferry terminal to Lisieux costs around 115€. (See below for a list of taxi companies)
Alternatively, it is possible to take bus 50 (operated by Bus Verts ) from Le Havre railway station (around 20 minutes' walk from Le Havre ferry terminal) to Lisieux town centre (bus stop next to the Cathedral) or Lisieux railway station. A one-way ticket costs 9,05€ (adult) or 7,70€ (youth under 26). On weekdays, there are up to 2 buses every day, while on weekends, there is 1 bus every day.
Lisieux taxi companies:
Vehicle hire companies in Lisieux:
The Cathedral was built in 1929 after St Thérèse was canonised in 1925. The dome of the Basilica is open during July and August between 2pm and 5:30pm.
Cathedral of St Peter
The Gothic style cathedral is situated in the centre of the town and was built at the end of the 12th century.
St Thérèse made her first confession in the first side chapel on the left inside the cathedral. St Thérèse's father, Blessed Louis Martin, donated the white marble high altar in 1888. Before entering the Carmel, St Thérèse attended Mass every day inside the chapel at the top of the ambulatory (it was here that St Thérèse prayed for the repentence of Pranzini, a notorious murderer who was sentenced to death).
St Thérèse lived in this house (which literally means 'The Thicket' or 'The Bushes') for eleven years.
St Thérèse lived here for 9 years between the age of 15 and 24. There is a museum (the 'parcours St Thérèsien') explaining the life of St Thérèse. Next to the museum is a chapel, and in the side chapel, there is a reliquary.
It is possible to join a guided tour of the above sights by contacting the Welcome Service ('Service d'Accueil') of the Sanctuary of Lisieux by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at 02 31 48 55 08 (0033 231485508 when phoning from abroad), or the Youth Service ('Accueil Jeunes') by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at 02 31 48 55 09 (0033 231485509 when phoning from abroad). For more information about what the Welcome Service offer, visit ; for what the Youth Service offers, visit .
Visit the website of the Sanctuary of Lisieux  for more information about visiting the above sights.
The Sanctuary of Lisieux offers accommodation to pilgrims at the two following locations: