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Fonderie des cloches

11 rue Pont Chignon, 50800 Villedieu-les-Poeles, France
+33 (0)233610056
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English first
Tavistock, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

It is nice to find a place where the tour is in German, English and French. It is a nice place, but a bit small. We loved seeing how the clocks are made and our guide knew what he was talkign about. He clearly liked the place a lot. It is a short tour and that is my only negative... More

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Caen, France
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54 reviews 54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Few who hear bells ring in towns and villages actually know how these bells are made. Even less have actually witnessed the production of bells. At the "Fonderie" you'll get everything explained in detail. It is interesting and you'll learn a lot. If you're in the area, grab the opportunity if you can.

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Victoria, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

This was a very interesting and not-to-be-missed visit. My wife thought that it would be just a technical "guy thing", but she found it very interesting as well. We had an excellent guide who responded to all our questions. It helped that my wife had been a CASA guide at Notre Dame de Paris and that the foundry had recently... More

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London, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
15 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Visiting the Cornille-Havard in Villedieu-les-Poêles is a rare treat. You never know who you will come across! Or rather, which new bell. In line with a long tradition, most church bells are named, and on our first visit we met the 6,334 kg. bourdon, Étienne, the largest bell to be cast in France for forty years, now installed in Mulhouse... More

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

It would be really good if visitor attractions didn't always close between 12 and 2! We arrived only to be told that they were shutting for lunch and unfortunately we were heading for a ferry so couldn't wait until 2pm!

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Brit at Large
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Rather disappointing as I'd been looking forward to seeing how bells are made. Like many French establishments the foundry and tour close at 12:30 for an hour and a half, which means you need to arrive either mid morning (and so finish before 12:30) or after 2:00. Not really a complaint but I wish I had known ! I hope... More

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