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Abbey of Bec-Hellouin

3 Place de l'Abbe Herluin, 27800 Le Bec-Hellouin, France
+33 2 32 43 72 60
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It's an Abbey

Roadworks outside creating dust and noise . Abbey is large but pretty forbiding/foreboding . No... read more

Reviewed April 20, 2015
greaser_11
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Wallington, United Kingdom
Another spiritual place

Normally when I go it is quiet and peaceful but the are doing renovations in the village and the... read more

Reviewed April 17, 2015
Lyndy65
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Chester, United Kingdom
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The majestic and peaceful Abbey of Notre-Dame-du-Bec stands in the heart of the Bec valley, on the banks of the narrow river that gives the site its name. This charming abbey, which has once again housed a community of Benedictine monks since 1948, features some of the finest ecclesiastical architecture of the 17th and 18th century. The tour includes the cloister, the 15th century bell tower of Saint-Nicolas, the monastic quarters, the abbey church and concludes with a display of crafts and artefacts made by the monks. Open: > 1st October to 31st May: from Monday to Saturday: tours at 10.30 a.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. ; Sundays and public holidays: tours at noon, 3 p.m., 4 p.m. > 1st June to 30th September: from Monday to Friday: tours at 10.30 a.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. ; Sundays and public holidays: tours at noon, 3 p.m., 4 p.m. Closed: > Tuesdays. > 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4 €; 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
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3 Place de l'Abbe Herluin, 27800 Le Bec-Hellouin, France
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Reviewed April 20, 2015

Roadworks outside creating dust and noise . Abbey is large but pretty forbiding/foreboding . No signed entrances , so brief walk around the outside . It's a working Abbey so expect to see nuns and monks .

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Reviewed April 17, 2015

Normally when I go it is quiet and peaceful but the are doing renovations in the village and the abbey. We attended a mass in the simple church and the chanting was magical. A wonderful experience. The monks make and sell pottery but the shop...More

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Reviewed November 25, 2014

There is never enough peace and quiet when motoring around the gentle environs of Haute-Normandy. There is no doubt that this is a typical Norman village , a haven of tranquility, aided and abetted by a community of Benedictine monks whose home-made ceramics are worthy...More

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Reviewed October 26, 2014

Although the abbey is interesting from a historical point of view, the village surrounding the abbey was a big surprise, we loved the historical house styles!

Thank Louise B
Reviewed September 3, 2014

Only had stroll round the grounds and village but we passed a pleasant hour here. Would have stayed longer with more time

Thank StaggyDave
Reviewed August 26, 2014

Very much worth a visit - peaceful and calming. It's a working abbey and you can join a service if you wish, or just enjoy the site.

Thank Roskers
Reviewed August 16, 2014

A charming visit for a day trip from Paris & blast-back in history, coupled with lunch in the village. It's definitely a postcard experience.

Thank Zanotti-A-broad
Reviewed August 15, 2014

Compared to other sites, there is not a lot to see and no information available. However it is free. Apparently there are guided tours in French by monks.

Thank F1veStar
Reviewed August 10, 2014

This might be a historical abbey, but there is very little left of the historical part, The church is 60 years old. OK if one happens to be passing by, but not worth a detour.

Thank Boris B
Reviewed July 2, 2014

in the beautiful village of Bec-Bellouin this small but pristine Abbey is worth a visit. The ruins of the old Abbey are clear and the shop sells pottery made by the monks. The tower is no longer accessible but is a dominat feature in this...More

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joe141
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Response from David P | Reviewed this property |
From the USA I guess you will be flying to Paris Charles de Gaulle. That is to the north east of Paris. Le Bec is pretty much west of Paris. There are trains from Paris to Bernay the nearest largish town, then I guess taxi... More
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