Abbaye de Hambye

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Abbaye de Hambye
4.5
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Our Lady of Hambye Abbey was founded in 1145 along the river Sienne by Guillaume Painel, lord of Hambye. The abbey hosts Benedictine monks until the French Revolution. Partly dismantled in the 19th century, the abbey was saved in 1956 through the acquisition of the monastic buildings by Mr and Mrs Beck. The abbey church, the gatehouse and the lay brothers’ building were bought by the County Council of la Manche in 1964. Considerable works to restore and stabilize the remains of the abbey were undertaken. For more than 50 years the aim has been to preserve the dignity and beauty of the site and to improve its integration into the serenity of its fragile natural surroundings. For a moment out of time, stroll through the monks’ old cloister at the foot of the church's imposing ruins, admire the fine architecture of the chapter house, jewel of norman gothic architecture and linger in the shade of Virginia tulip trees in the Eastern garden.
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Seasondtraveller
Paris4,353 contributions
This is a stunningly beautiful place, nicely restored over the years and in a wonderful setting, surrounded by trees and cows. Do not miss it!
Written May 9, 2022
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bebsaurus_13
Paris, France755 contributions
Couples
We ate at the well regarded restaurant nearby, so decided to visit the Abbaye ruins after lunch to help digest.

Entry is a little steep, but the site is well managed, well preserved and informative.

The main parts of the site are partially ruined, but the reasons why are explained and it is easy to imagine what it would have looked like when it was intact.

It is well worth the visit.
Written August 26, 2020
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Rosan58
Hampshire, UK106 contributions
This medieval partly ruined abbey is worth a visit. A lot of it is still in tact. There are excellent video/tablets positioned around that will give a 360 degree view of how it used to look nearly 800 years ago. Check opening times before you go
Written November 3, 2019
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dahillcomms
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Beautiful abbey ruins. Many rooms still intact, including the apple press and grain grinding wheel, worship rooms, dorms, and more. Lovely exhibit above the gift shop shows the dorm bed hangings--really fascinating.
Written August 7, 2019
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RichNY1
New York City, NY91 contributions
Family
We weren't looking for the Abbey - we happened upon it one evening and was so intrigued we returned the next day to explore the grounds. It's a quiet, off the beaten path, interesting find in the French countryside.
Written August 4, 2019
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Ajk1973
Nijverdal, The Netherlands24 contributions
Nice tour out of the city to a ruinic roofless abey. Specially the backside with its fields give a great view on what once was an impressive building. The patio is surrounded by several rooms with explanation of former meaning. You can make great pictures with sunny weather.
Written July 21, 2019
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ElGuap0_1
Paris, France279 contributions
Friends
When I was invited to visited this Site, I figured I'd be going to see a small church in a small town. Much to my surprise, it turned out to be a major Abbey that dated back many centuries. The church itself is a shell - a gigantic shell to say the least - however, the Abbey itself (where the monks and abbots prayed) is very large and in excellent shape. The building has been well preserved by the owners in combination with the State, and it gives a good picture of how a small contingent of spiritual people worshipped and worked for decades to centuries. I left feeling that I had learned a lot in an interesting setting.
Written October 4, 2018
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mrsmmorgan999
Saint-Lo, France9 contributions
Couples
This is a very scenic spot with the beautiful haunting ruins of the abbey church - very tranquil and well worth a visit.
Written August 8, 2018
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Paul H
Shirley, UK330 contributions
Couples
Last day in Hambye; an hour before we have to take our leave...what to do? Eat, drink or take in some culture? Well we'd eaten and drunk our way through Normandie so culture it was. Off we went for a 5 minute looky.....so wrong.....we could and probably should have spent half a day just wondering around this idyllic spot. Well worth the 5 euro each entrance fee; next time we'll make more use of it 😎❤😡
Written June 27, 2018
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Gerald L
Brussels, Belgium531 contributions
Couples
This hidden away gem, not far from the Normandy beaches of D-Day, is well worth your while. It's open April - November, and apart from the interest of the abbey itself and its painstakingly preserved and restored buildings, it's story of the restorer that is the most memorable. Madame Beck, who passed away in 2010, after devoting a lifetime to the restoration of this then-decaying monument. Thankfully, she persevered, and now its her son who has taken up the cause. Wonderful permanent exhibits, which always have an English (and German) translation available.
Written April 13, 2018
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Abbaye de Hambye is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM