Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel

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Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel

Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites • Monuments & Statues
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most remarkable examples of mediaeval religious and military architecture and was one of Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites from the 8th to the 18th century.The Abbey comprises a superb ensemble of clerical buildings including the abbey church, the cloister, the refectory, the monks' ambulatory and the gardens of what has been known as the ""Merveille"" (Marvel) since the 12th century. In summer, the Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel is best seen in all its splendour after sunset during the special “sons et lumières"" shows. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > 2nd May to 31st August: from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. > 1st September to 30th April: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last admission 1 hr before closing time. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May and 25 December. Admission fees: Adults : 9€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; 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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Elizabeth H
Corpus Christi, TX243 contributions
We stayed on the mainland and spent an evening exploring the Mont's village and having dinner and then the next morning we returned and toured the Abbey.
We wanted to attend the morning Laudes prayer service at 6:50am but we were 12 minutes late to the 10 minute service and it was all locked up. So we had plenty of time to enjoy the deserted area before the doors opened at 9am which is what time our pre-purchased (one month before on the Abbey's official website) ticket was for.
The outside is, of course, majestic, and the inside is very interesting and breath-taking as well.
We left the island around 10:15am while people were really starting to come, so we never saw it super crowded. It was fabulous if you have a night to spend to do what we did.
Written July 21, 2022
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Dear Elizabeth, thank you very much for your feedback concerning your visit of the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey. We are pleased that you enjoyed your early discovery of our monument.
Written July 29, 2022
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR1,669 contributions
The abbey takes up most of the island of Mont Saint-Michel. We stayed in the nearby town overnight and were able to get up early to see it at sunrise, and then had pre-purchased timed tickets to enter the abbey itself. We enjoyed the walk over the bridge and the changing views of the abbey as we approached, but there is also a free shuttle bus that goes to and from. We had a timed entrance, but once inside we could go at our own pace, with lots of stops for photos. We paid extra for the audio guide and found it well worth it. Overall we spent an hour and twenty minutes touring the abbey. It's well worth visiting this historical and cultural monument!
Written August 6, 2022
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arkitex
Los Angeles, CA203 contributions
This is a perfect place. Its a dream seeing from the outside and walking inside is like going back in time. I stayed on the mont for a evening at the Les Terrasses Poulard and it was extremely nice. Waking up on the Mont and walking in the early morning with ZERO tourists was completely worth every penny. Theres alot of stairs but the very helpful staff there helped with anything I needed. Also theres alot of stairs walking thru the Mont so be ready. Take as many little side paths and alleys as you can. See the smaller things its worth it. And if its low tide time you can walk out on the sandy mud and take this picture.....
Written June 16, 2022
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TennaRotor
Birmingham, MI501 contributions
After having just been to St. Michaels Mount in Cornwall, UK the previous week we were interested to compare the two. What a different experience - Mont Saint Michele is like Saint Michaels Mount on steroids and not necessarily in a good way. From the moment you enter the parking lot (you find out its 15 euros to park upon using the self pay kiosk when leaving) to the line waiting to get on the bus to take you to the abbey (you can walk but my husband has mobility issues). Entering the island you pay 1 euro to use the bathroom and then walk up a steep, narrow cobblestone pathway teaming with people and restaurants, souvenir and fast food shops all along the way. He finally had to stop before the abbey entrance. I went in bought a ticket and buzzed through - very austere, large stone building, good views. I suppose it's one of those things you have to do but really enjoyed the abbey in Cornwall so much more.
Written July 4, 2022
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Kenneth Pages
Tampa, FL1,028 contributions
Couples
You have to hand it to Instagram. This place is so photogenic that one shouldn’t be surprised that it is so frequently posted. We had a driver from Paris and a tour guide. It is a long drive - about 4 hours but the small towns and countryside are pretty especially the fields of yellow flowers. It is over a thousand years old so keep this in mind in terms of your attire. Prepare for the potential of light rain, cool weather and shoes that will stand up to all the concrete and stairs and moisture. It’s a great representation of Middle Ages and gothic architecture. While I enjoyed our tour guide I would suggest one might be able to use the audio guide they provide (though I did not personally listen I imagine it is similar to other museum type audio guides). Below the monastery itself is a small “village” and you can get souvenirs and have lunch there. There is not a lot in the town on the mainland so it is probably your best bet. One could also rent a car and drive themselves - it is not a difficult drive. There are small inns if staying overnight is a more attractive idea.
Written May 8, 2022
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Byte-size
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Amazing building from the outside, but as soon as you enter you’re bombarded with tacky gift shops, busy weary crowds and food outlets selling chips, burgers and fizzy drinks for nearly 20E a head. The atmosphere is confused, somewhere between a family Blackpool seaside resort and a Glastonbury music festival. Utterly unimpressed.
Written November 14, 2021
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hotelhoppa
Paris, France106 contributions
Family
A trip to Brittany is not complete without seeing Mont St Michel! The car parking very well organised (just remember where you parked!) it was marshalled and easily signposted. It’s €14 for the day. The buses/navettes were very regular with just a short wait. You have to wear a mask as social distancing is difficult. You can also walk, take a horse and cart there too. Lots of people also cycled across too.

As other reviews mention, there are lots (and lots) of steps and cobbled little streets so wear adequate footwear!! I was glad I didn’t take a pram as it would have been a pain. I saw people with prams but because it’s so bumpy they were pushing a empty one and carrying the baby/toddler.

The “Main Street” was busy with lots of people, the main cobbled street and steps up to the abbey was especially crowded at times (again you are encouraged to wear a mask).

If you choose to visit the Abbey at the top, I recommend you get “skip the line” tickets the day before, although I waited just 20 minutes to get inside - there’s no guarantee that will always happen! There was no social distancing happening whilst I waited to get into the abbey up the steps.

The abbey is beautiful once inside and worth the steps! You can’t go where you like, you have to follow the path around. I didn’t use the guided headphones but lots of people do. It was beautiful and worth the visit.

The return trip on the bus/navette could not have been swifter or more organised. It was well done.

We didn’t eat on MSM itself, because we felt it was seriously overpriced and nothing really stood out as being worth the money!
Written July 17, 2020
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mfilcol2014
Lisbon, Portugal916 contributions
One of the wonders of the world is Mt. Michel.The abbey is part of this fabulous architectural complex.I advise you to buy tickets online to avoid the long lines.There are several types of visits: guided tour or free tour with audioguide.Personally I think audioguided tours are better.The price is 11 euros per person
Please note that you must be in good physical shape. The visit involves several going up and down stairs and ramps. During the visit, you will pass through several places: Grabnde step, West Terrace, Abbey Church, Cloister,>Refectory, Guest room, crypts, chapels, knights room, etc. All these places with a magical beauty
To not lose
Written October 6, 2021
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Chris C
Swindon UK101 contributions
I've visited MSM before and found it a wonderful experience. This time could not have been more different or less satisfying. I actually got nowhere near the place. Previously, disabled parking was adjacent to the buses; an easy transfer. This time it's all changed. I showed my blue badge to a disinterested car park attendant who ushered me into an area from which there seemed no escape and certainly no suitable access to the buses. My companions looked around and decided that there was no way I could make it, so the trip was cancelled. After about 25 mins, we exited the car park and had to pay 15 euros for the privilege. It may well be that there is proper parking for mobility issue persons on site, but I never saw it and was not given an opportunity to do so after being sent into the wrong car park. MSM, sort it out please.
Written June 22, 2022
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Dear Chris, Thank you for sharing your precious feedback. However, this page is dedicated to the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey, the monument located at the top of Le Mont-Saint-Michel. We are a cultural site belonging the Centre des Monuments Nationaux. The abbey is not in charge of the parking lot ; its management is provided by an other interlocutor.
Written July 15, 2022
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Jay F
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It is what it is. Mont St Michel is a French icon, but its incredibly crowded getting up to the Abby from the base. The Abby self guided tour was interesting and the site is unbelievable, but if you don't like crowds, this is not for you. To get to the Abby the main way is go up a central alleyway crammed with people and tourists shops, so crowded that you sometimes can't move. You can avoid most of this if you immediately upon entering climb up to the fortress walls and continue on the walls to the ABBY. if you go in season, I suggest that you go mid afternoon as most of the tourist buses are gone and it is "somewhat" less crowded. However, parking is no longer available at the base of the fortress but a distance away. There are free shuttle buses, but not enough of them. When we left at 6PM, there was a line of people waiting for the bus that I estimate would required 3-4 buses assuming everyone was crammed in like we were on the way in. We decided to walk and during that time(15-20 minutes) we only saw 2 outbound shuttle buses pass us.
Written July 15, 2022
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