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Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud

49590 Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, France
+33 2 41 51 71 21
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A beautiful village to wander through with an interesting centrepiece. The Abbey is a beautiful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jane C
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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Wow - soooo impressive!!!! Not to be missed.

It is surprising this jewel attracts "only" 200,000 visitors a year. Probably because there is so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Florence F
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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".
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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 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful village to wander through with an interesting centrepiece. The Abbey is a beautiful empty building with pride of place being given to Richard the Lion Heart and 3 of his family. The parking was free and the entrance fee reasonable. We went for...More

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

Dear Jane, We thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. Soon, we will have more screens to discover along the path. We are glad your kid enjoyed a lot the tour and the Lego room ;) Best wishes. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is surprising this jewel attracts "only" 200,000 visitors a year. Probably because there is so much to see in the Loire Valley, but this is a most impressive monument. Nestled in a pretty village, the abbey (in fact several abbeys) is very well restored...More

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

Dear Florence, We thank you so much for having shared your enthusiasm on TripAdvisor. Indeed, the guests of the hôtel are allowed to visit the monument night and day. All year long, the cultural department offers exhibitions, concerts and shows. All informations are available on...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a lover of history, and a particularly ardent fan of Eleanor of Acquitant, it's no surprise that I've visited this place three times now. Perfectly presented, lots of interesting nooks and crannies to explore. Simply stunning. The staff are very helpful, there are guided...More

Thank Allison T
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Allison, We thank you for having shared such an enthusiastic opinion on TripAdvisor. Guided tour in English are available for groups and for a private tour booked at the hôtel. Our audioguides are available in English. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 1 week ago

The abbey grounds are immense. The whole place is well laid out and extremely interesting. I didn't know that Henry II and Richard the Lionheart were buried here. The town surrounding the Abbey is oh so quaint too... try the little tea room owned by...More

Thank Mark S
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Mark, We thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 1 week ago

This site is interesting as it is an abbey stripped bare...the French Revolution robbed it of its ornaments...but yet, its beautiful white stone is still there and it is still interesting in its sparseness. The light in this place is beautiful! Also the effigies of...More

Thank Antoinette78
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Antoinette, We thank you for having shared your experience on TripAdvisor. Ackerman is of course one of the most important cellar in the area. There is also a place to discover monumental contemporary art realized in partnership with Fontevraud la Scène. Kind regards. Olivier...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worthwhile a detour. Historically very interesting. Good information provided. Very impressive burial monument for Plantagenet kings.

Thank Manfred G
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear guest, We thank you for having shared your experience on TripAdvisor. Until November 5th, our guests are invited to discover the exhibition about Richard the Lionheart. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We often visit the Abbey during trips to this area, it has become a pilgrimage partly to see the burial place of 3 of the most interesting characters in English history, Henry II, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine and their son Richard I the Lion...More

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

Dear Gary, We are glad to learn that we positively surprised you another time. We thank you to be such a nice ambassador for Fontevraud Abbey. Best wishes. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful historic monument with mix of French and English historical links; stunning architecture and worth 2-3 hours at least to explore and admire. Slightly let down by obtuse ticket sellers but once inside a memorable and beautiful sight - including stunning abbey church, cloisters and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having visited here 40 years ago, I was looking forward to showing it to my wife. At the cashier, I asked for 2 senior tickets only to be told that this was now a private site and no-longer run by the government., So no reductions...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place to visit, fascinating learning about Richard the Lionheart in the beautiful Abbey, beautiful cloisters, modern art installations, lots to see for everyone. If you have younger children, watch out for the room full of white Lego where they can be creative. Hard to...More

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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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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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