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Address: 11 rue Pont Chignon, 50800 Villedieu-les-Poeles, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)233610056
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See how bells are made in one of the last foundries in France

Very nice tour of this small foundry that makes those giant bells hanging in churches all over France. You can ring bells to your heart'c content, and see the molds being built... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Geneva, Switzerland
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85 reviews 85 reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Very nice tour of this small foundry that makes those giant bells hanging in churches all over France. You can ring bells to your heart'c content, and see the molds being built for the latest orders. I brought my kids here when they were young, and they loved it too.

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Teignmouth, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

No fuss or frills, you walk into a working traditional bell foundry. A guide, ask for the very theatrical and knowledgeable Simon, shows and tells you everything. Amazing where the bells go to, how long it takes to make one, and that they follow the same process used for hundreds of years. Wood fired kilns, earthen pits, metal chains to... More 

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Island of Anglesey, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The bell foundry is a fascinating time-warp. Old traditions still working well to create bells for churches and anything else that you could use a bell for. Still using goat manure as one of the principle ingredients of the molding mix - you just can't beat it with any of today's modern materials! Watching molten bronze get poured into a... More 

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Lancashire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

We spent a very interesting hour or two at this traditional bell foundry, one of only two working foundries in France. Their work is impressive and includes commissions for Notre Dame in Paris and Bayeux Cathedral. What was most fascinating was the sense of history in the factory itself; apart from using one gas-fired furnace and some quite recent tech... More 

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Fascinating visit. Far more instructive than other such foundries and plenty of hands on opportunities on bells. Tours in English as well as French. A good place to visit to see a working bell foundry.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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189 reviews 189 reviews
52 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

it will take you about 40 min thanks to a guide to visit this bell foundry, maintained as it was by the end of XIX th century You learn a lot - great for kids

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Cork, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Super tour of the facility and plenty of gifts to choose from in the shop for all budgets. kids loved ringing the bells , staff were great and well versed in their subject. nice to see the work being done right in front of you.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Who would have thought that alpaca wool and horse manure would be used in the casting of a bell! A tour of the foundry and the explanation of the processes involved in making and repairing bells was fascinating. Another "must visit". Beware though, there is a very loud bell at the start of the tour.

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Milford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We visited this little place during our tour of the Normandy area (D-Day anniversary). The tour guide gave a very informative presentation of the making of bells.

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Milford, Massachusetts
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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

During our tour of the D-Day anniversary, we stopped at this charming town. Our first visit was for a tour at this foundary. The guides were very informative and provided lots of details on how bells are made, including the decorative elements.

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