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Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud

49590 Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, France
+33 2 41 51 71 21
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Well worth a visit!

A beautiful Abbey with lots of history. The audioguides are very interesting (albeit rather... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sophie C
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Odiham
Excellent historic Abbey with loads to see

This Abbey is very impressive. Lots of history, the effigies of Henry the second, Eleanor of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David C
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Founded in 1101 on the intersecting borders of three regions, Anjou, Touraine and Poitou, Fontevraud Abbey is the largest surviving monastic complex from the Middle Ages. At the heart of the Abbey Church, the reclining effigies of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II and Richard the Lionheart are a reminder of its close links with the Plantagenet kings. Converted into a prison between 1804 and 1963, then in 2000 designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Loire Valley, Fontevraud lives and breathes heritage, culture, the art of living and tradition of hospitality, continuing to embody its founder's vision of an "ideal city".
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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49590 Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, France
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A beautiful Abbey with lots of history. The audioguides are very interesting (albeit rather long-winded) and provide you with a real insight into the history and stories surrounding the Abbey. I would recommend arriving early as the crowds are minimal and you get to experience...More

Thank Sophie C
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Sophie, We thank you for having shared your experience on TripAdvisor. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 1 week ago

This Abbey is very impressive. Lots of history, the effigies of Henry the second, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard the Lion Heart. Very interesting paintings and beautiful cloisters

Thank David C
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear David, We thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. The Plantagenet dynastie has been very important for the development of Fontevraud Abbey. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you visit other chateaus in The area then keep your tickets as you may get a cheaper ticket like we did. A nice place and lots of English history. A very interesting place which has many concerts, exhibitions and lectures taking place there. Not...More

Thank jeffrey R
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Jeffrey, We thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. Buying your ticket at Fontevraud Abbey, on presentation of your full price entrance ticket, you can benefit a reduced rate to visit the different sites of our tourism networks “VOS VISITES EN TOURAINE” &...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such an iconic place with such deep history, with such significant historical characters. The site itself is clearly newly renovated. Try the 360 virtual tour, my 13 year old (& we) loved it. The audio guide is a little too much info, but that's on....More

Thank Stephen K
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Stephen, We thank you for having shared your experience on TripAdvisor. The 360° virtual tour is one of our new attraction. I suggest to begin the tour of Fontevraud doing it. It costs €3 per adult, €2 per kid. Best wishes. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Superb. Fascinating history. Well presented. Good value...especially of you have visited one of for other local sites e.g. BrézéMore

Thank Ian C
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Ian, We thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. Buying your ticket at Fontevraud Abbey, on presentation of your full price entrance ticket, you can benefit a reduced rate to visit the different sites of our tourism networks “VOS VISITES EN TOURAINE” &...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine & Richard Lionheart are buried within this UNESCO heritage site and I walked away utterly disappointed. The architecture is beautiful, the historical significance of those buried here is enormous and yet the interpretation on site is completely uninspiring. There are...More

Thank BooFur
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear guests, We are sorry to learn that you did not enjoy your tour of Fontevraud Abbey. You did not like the information panels, the screens with motion movies, nor the audio guides. Our screens are currently in the process of being reinstalled. We are...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the Abbey while staying at the attached hotel in the grounds. Visited all areas, including crypt, treasure display, main abbey, cloisters etc. Truly amazing. It must have been a stunning building, especially when it was built in medieval times. The Abbey is well worth...More

Thank DalkeyJohn
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear John, We thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. We are glad to know that you enjoyed a lot your tour of Fontevraud and that the abbey has no secrets for you anymore. We are really sorry that your visit at the gift...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To be honest we found this a little disappointing. This would be on most visitor’s tick lists (as ours) and there’s a big ticket price. It’s a bit underwhelming. Given this place’s history and rescue from a multitude of unsympathetic uses we expected to see...More

Thank Wheresmebus
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear guests, We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your tour of Fontevraud Abbey.. In 1975, Fontevraud became a cultural centre dedicated to artistic creation. The works of art exhibited arouse either positive or negative emotions. They are part of the DNA...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our visit was on a day where the temperature was at 38 degrees and we were glad to find so much to see and learn about either indoors or under cover. All the information boards were in French and English and kept our eleven year...More

Thank andta1
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear guests, We thank you for having shared your experience on TripAdvisor. We are glad to read that your daughter has been interested. Captivating the children is one of our purposes. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

Reviewed June 14, 2017

The Abbey of Fontevraud was once a community of 200 nuns and 50 monks. Until the French Revolution in 1789, it was a wealthy and influential organisation, always headed by an abess. members of royalty buried there are Queen Eleanor, and her husband, Henry II,...More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2017

Dear Sue, We thank you for having shared your experience on TripAdvisor. From the 29th July to the 5th November, our guests will enjoy an exhibition dedicated to Richard the Lionheart. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

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sandycomo04
June 1, 2017|
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Response from CPaM68 | Reviewed this property |
Paris. We picked a car at Charles De Gaulle (Hertz) and drove to Amboise where we stayed for four days as we toured the Loire Valley by car. Left the car in Tours and caught the train back to Paris. Did not have any real... More
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October 30, 2016|
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Response from robertvalerie | Reviewed this property |
there are many guided tours daily I am not sure if there a tour from Bordeaux, probably not as this is far from bordeaux all the best and enjoy your stay
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Good morning, The Fontevraud Hotel has its own private parking for its guests. GPS : 38 rue Saint-Jean de l'Habit 49590 Fontevraud After buzzing the gate, just ask some help to the receptionists for your luggage... More
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