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Abbaye de Fontfroide

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Address: Chemin de Fontfroide | RD 613, 11100 Narbonne, France
Phone Number: +33 4 68 45 11 08
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Description: Open all year long. Visits, Restaurant, Wines, Concerts...

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Lovely abbey and grounds

Visited here on a south of France road trip and it was definitely worth the stop. The buildings of the Abbaye are all in excellent condition and it has a lovely restaurant and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Visited here on a south of France road trip and it was definitely worth the stop. The buildings of the Abbaye are all in excellent condition and it has a lovely restaurant and wine cellar. You can go on a guided tour but we found it better to explore at our own pace. The buildings are all extremely well preserved... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I have visited a couple of times in the late spring when they hold a festival of flowers. This weekend event is for all the family, there are plants and produce for sale in the beautiful grounds of the Abbey.

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Fontfroide, Responsable relations clients at Abbaye de Fontfroide, responded to this review

Thanks a lot Gillian E ! The "Fête des Plantes" is organized every year in May, normally during the first week-end. You can find the program of this event on our website. Best regards, More 

Beziers, France
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94 reviews 94 reviews
10 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

With over 100k visitors a year pick your day to visit this wonderful Abbaye. The site is very well preserved and presented, the buildings themselves are well worth the entrance fee and the beautiful gardens are an added bonus. Very good on-site restaurant as well.

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Tustin, California
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27 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Unlike most abbeys this is not in ruins but kept up beautifully maybe because it is privately owned. The owner gave us a tour with the history of the Abbey.;

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Oakham, United Kingdom
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Visited here having seen it marked on our map and we are grateful we did. It was worth every cent of the 10 Euro entry fee, per person. The leaflet we were given to self-guide us around the abbey was very informative and brought the place to life. The abbey is obviously well cared for and is undergoing various restorations.... More 

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

If you have spent any time at all in the Aude/Cathar region of France, you know that there are a multitude of abbeys and castle ruins to visit. Each starts to look like the previous after a while. Fontfroide was another of these- ancient by American standards but well reconstructed and accessible, but still no real furnishings from the period.... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The abbey is the first place I visited after arriving in Barcelona earlier that day. It's in a beautiful secluded location and perfect for a contemplative visit. The courtyards and garden were lovely as was the architecture and associated history of the abbey. With making a stop if you are en route to Carcassonne or in the vicinity.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This a spectacular example of the rich Cathey trail buildings which are a feature of the South of France, encompassing the rich history that these buildings offer, open for a free roam around its grounds is a departure from the normal conducted tour around the building and grounds, the main purpose of our visit on this occasion was to view... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The name of this Abbaye suggests Cold Water, which used to run under the Abbaye, but the welcome is nothing like that. What a spectacular place and worth a visit when in the area. The Abbaye has been lovingly maintained. It just looks loved. The owners try so hard with the upkeep of the property and gardens. It is quite... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The Abbaye is a lovely, atmospheric place and well worth wandering round for a few hours. We weren't offered a tour, but having read the reviews here we were happy with a self-guided map and took our time to wander round. We were out in the rose garden when the heavens opened and we were treated to a huge downpour... More 

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