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Fonderie des cloches

11 rue Pont Chignon, 50800 Villedieu-les-Poeles, France
+33 (0)233610056
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England
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72 reviews 72 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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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153 reviews 153 reviews
41 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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226 attraction reviews
636 helpful votes 636 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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16 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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London, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We tried to visit in 2012 but arrived too late for a tour. This time we planned it better and had a tour from an enthusiastic young chap who explained the workings in excellent english. Worth a visit.

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Norwich England
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Three times we tried to visit this bell foundry before we were sucessful in gaining access and a tour it is closed in the morning most of the year and only accepts english speaking visitors at 4pm just before the attaction closes for the day. The foundry building is quite small but includes all the processes used to make hand... More

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