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Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel

BP 22, 50170 Mont-St-Michel, France
02 33 89 80 00
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Architectural Buildings, Castles, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Performances
Activities: Walking
Owner description: The Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most remarkable examples of mediaeval religious and military architecture and was one of... more » Owner description: The Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most remarkable examples of mediaeval religious and military architecture and was one of Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites from the 8th to the 18th century.The Abbey comprises a superb ensemble of clerical buildings including the abbey church, the cloister, the refectory, the monks' ambulatory and the gardens of what has been known as the ""Merveille"" (Marvel) since the 12th century. In summer, the Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel is best seen in all its splendour after sunset during the special “sons et lumières"" shows. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> 2nd May to 31st August: from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.> 1st September to 30th April: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last admission 1 hr before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25 December. Admission fees: Adults : 9€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups « less
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

At the start I have to say that Mount St. Michel seems to be overwhelmed by tourists. To control the flow France has gated the hotels and restaurants found on the land before the causeway and the hotels on the Mount, and has leased huge parking lots to a private company to accommodate tourists who don't stay in the Mount... More

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Cernobbio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I have spent two weeks visiting the whole Brittany. the only place that I knew by reputy before to go there was Mont St-Michel., but at the end of my trip I have to say it was the worst place I visited in two weeks !! So let me explain why... Despite September it was very croudy. It is a... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

great,well worth a visit it is outstanding the architecture of the abbey and the medieval st and shops and restaurants.Loads to explore but be warned loads of steps and big hills so if you are disabled it can be difficult!!!!!!!!!!! There is loads to do and look around and you are spoilt for choice to eat and drink whilst glancing... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We loved the trek to Le Mont St Michel and enjoyed the tour of the Abbey. Strongly recommend the audio tours, which are a fwe Euro more than the cost of admission.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This is an excellent way to experience how most Abbeys start out very small and, over the decades, continues to grow.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Really expensive visit. 25 euros for 2 sandwiches and 2 cans. Souvenirs to sell are mainly from Paris. No disable access. No facilities for pushchairs. I would not recommend to visit it. Go to the parking, take a picture and leave !

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We visited in the late afternoon and were relieved to know that the transport to and from the Island is 24 hour. There was a choice of either walking to the island (40 minutes) or taking the free shuttle bus. There is plenty of parking (it is paid parking but not too expensive.) The island is definitely not for anyone... More

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

What fabulous crowd control! Mostly we have found the French a little relaxed about crowd control. Bastille day in Paris was a good example of polite mayhem! Here they had organised buses and a fab boardwalk. This unique Abbey was build on a granite outcrop called Mont-Tombe in the 8th Century. You start your tour at the top with work... More

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

One of the reasons I had based our recent break in St Malo was to visit this incredible place which is a towering Norman achievement. However, when you eventually get there you can realise that people are quite correct when they say this is France's second most visited place at the Eiffel Tower. I thought on the day of our... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The mount and the Abbey are among the few places you should not miss. The view of the mount from a distance is kind of a mirage, moreover in hazy days. The view from the top is superb, and the tide excursions are a surprise. Walk through the narrow streets, and try to get into the village medieval atmosphere. How... More

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