We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 11 Rue du Pont Chignon, 50800 Villedieu-les-Poeles, France
Phone Number: +33 2 33 61 00 56
Website
Description:

In an authentic 19th Century workshop, discover nine centuries of...

In an authentic 19th Century workshop, discover nine centuries of tradition, from ageless methods to modern technology.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 174 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 22
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Totally unexpected gem

Fantastic tour - lasted about 45mins. Really interesting and available with an English speaking guide. This foundry takes orders and ships worldwide having recently forged nine... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2016
Stephen G
,
Beckenham
Add Photo Write a Review

174 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 36: English reviews
Beckenham
Level Contributor
23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Fantastic tour - lasted about 45mins. Really interesting and available with an English speaking guide. This foundry takes orders and ships worldwide having recently forged nine bells for Notre-Dame de Paris.

Helpful?
1 Thank Stephen G
Somerset
Level Contributor
26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

Had a spare day while passing through France and saw this bell foundry was in the town. A guided tour in good English for just a small group of visitors started soon after we arrived and we were taken around the foundry and the processes explained. The work was going on all around us and it was fascinating. They had... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank mus09
Brussels, Belgium
Level Contributor
213 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

This working foundry takes orders for bells worldwide, and you just might see the molten metal being cast. We visited on a Saturday, but the guide was very knowledgeable and took us through all the steps. From 21st century software and laser-cutting to medieval goat hair and horse manure molds - still the best thing for the bronze bells. Very... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank AvuncularAmerican
Moscow, Russia
Level Contributor
56 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Unsusual and rare place where you can follow the process of making bells. We didn't understand if there were guided tours in English or not, so we took information booklet in English. It was some kind of rare fun for our daughter to ring the bells on the yard and listen to clear and powerful sounds. We touched warm moulds... More 

Helpful?
3 Thank Elizaveta2013
Aylsham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
111 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We went on a tour (in English) of the foundry and it was really very interesting. The tour guide was able to answer all questions. The gift shop has some lovely items.

Helpful?
3 Thank Horologist
Yeovil
Level Contributor
95 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This foundry has been making bells in the traditional way for a very long time and it was very interesting to see how it's done. We had a French guide who spoke perfect English and was very good at answering questions. The only thing to bear in mind is that you are touring a working foundry and the noise is... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank YeovilSarah
Level Contributor
60 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The tour does not take long but is fascinating and interesting as the foundry has been in existence of 150 years - loved our visit!

Helpful?
2 Thank Munrovia
United Kingdom
Level Contributor
39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Basically, don't miss this opportunity. Our guided tour was in very proficient English and allowed for many questions to be asked. The site is small, and the whole visit doesn't take more than an hour really, but is entirely fascinating. Although young children could enjoy ringing some bells outside the foundry, I would suggest that the tour is far more... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Carys68
UK
Level Contributor
37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Our guided tour of this 150 year old foundry was an experience not to be forgotten, on our tour (in English) there were just the two of us. Our guide spoke very good english, no rush and any questions that she could not answer; one of the craftsmen came over to explain. At present they are in the process of... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Ricketywood
United Kingdom
Level Contributor
24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Great visit to this tiny bell foundry, our guide was very good, though sometimes hard to hear over the bells being rung all over the site! He took us through all the processes involved in making a bell, and there were some bells there that had been cast only that day and were starting to cool down. Lots of bells... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Pigina_Deckchair

Travelers who viewed Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches also viewed

Villedieu-les-Poeles, Manche
 
Villedieu-les-Poeles, Manche
 

Been to Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?