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Abbaye de Fontfroide

Chemin de Fontfroide | RD. 613, 11100 Narbonne, France
+33 4 68 45 11 08
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Ranked #1 of 20 attractions in Narbonne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wineries, Historic Sites, Religious Sites
Description: Open all year long. Visits, Restaurant, Wines, Concerts...
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Beds
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88 reviews 88 reviews
30 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful and peaceful location, and was one of the highlights of our visit to Languedoc. As others have said the tour is only in French, but there is a perfectly adequate information leaflet in English and we were happy to walk around the abbey by ourselves. We had lunch in the cafe which was quick and convenient,... More

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is a very quiet and beautiful site with a lot of history, it was very quiet when we visitied and be aware that this is not a buggy-friendly site, so bring something to carry your baby when you climb the stairs in this abbey.

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Rhone, France
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73 reviews 73 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A great venue tastefully restored and oozing with interesting history. Excellent facilities with something for most folk. The guided tour was very good and while some of our group understand French well others would have benefitted from an English speaking guide. As others have commented, given the size and scale of this tourist operation it's hard to believe that an... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This medeaval abbey is absolutely worth visiting. It has been beautifully restored and was a highlight during our holiday. The only negative thing is that guided visits are only in French (unless you are a group of more than 20). We understand French very well, but it might be a problem for a lot of visitors.

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Farmington, Connecticut
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197 reviews 197 reviews
96 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Those Cistercians! They always chose exceptionally beautiful places to build their abbeys and this one is also magnificent. The building itself is beautiful and their gardens are glorious. We enjoyed the walkways lined with different labeled plants, one held and identified four different lavender varieties along with other kinds of herbs. The courtyard with the lavender is breathtaking, even in... More

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Victoria, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This abbey is a piece of history that gives one pause and reflection. It felt like we were there at the time when this abbey was lived in and enjoyed in it's day. Each rose in the rose garden had it's own aroma and special color. The architecture was spectacular. I could picture the moat. We loved this energy of... More

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

It is a beautiful monastery and the guiding tour we were given was good. But it is worth remembering that there are no monks and nuns anymore and that makes the monastery somehow a different place. It is more like a monument, a touristic place, a business place and it lacks something of the atmosphere that you have in real... More

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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152 reviews 152 reviews
65 attraction reviews
1,055 helpful votes 1,055 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This is an interesting abbey, but the price of entry has increased considerably from that published in guide books- 10 euros for all adults and 4 euros for children, and an expensive guide book at 10.5 euros. There is a lovely picnic area outside the abbey, and it has beautiful gardens and shrubs. There is a clear notice at the... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

This is not a place which has been "themed" or massively restored in recent years. Rather, it is a site which has been adapted through time to meed the needs of the day. The tour (in French) was both educative and entertaining. I had no trouble imagining how life was there in the various stages in history. Audioguides are available... More

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Flowery Branch, Georgia, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This is some rare and marvelous experience you can have as Mountain Biker. Leaving from Narbonne North on the corbieres hill, you find an old track named "chemin de Fonfroide". It is not a easy MTB ride, rather medium. After 1 hour of up and down hills in the marvelous and sunny Corbieres, you suddenly see after a curve this... More

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