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Fonderie des cloches

11 rue Pont Chignon, 50800 Villedieu-les-Poeles, France
+33 (0)233610056
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Island of Anglesey, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
30 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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172 reviews 172 reviews
44 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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423 reviews 423 reviews
238 attraction reviews
682 helpful votes 682 helpful votes
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
191 helpful votes 191 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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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Visited this bell foundry, and was bowled over by the quality of the guided tour. Guide spoke excellent English and communicated his enthusiasm for the continuing work of this foundry in a fascinating and engaging way. Very interactive set up for kids, encourages them to ring different bells and work out why the sounds and pitches are different. The fact... More 

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lincolnshire, uk
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

My husband and I visited the foundary in June 2014, it is a lovely place to visit, full of French history, set in a very pretty town. The tour guide could not have been more helpful, he stayed back after each part of the tour to talk to us in English, he was very well informed and knew his stuff,... More 

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