Ancienne Abbaye de Landévennec

Ancienne Abbaye de Landévennec, Landevennec: Hours, Address, Ancienne Abbaye de Landévennec Reviews: 4.5/5

Ancienne Abbaye de Landévennec

Ancienne Abbaye de Landévennec
4.5
Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Open from june 21st to 1st of November. The ruins of the abbey stand on the banks of the river Aulne, in a magnificent setting. The abbey was founded by St Guenole at the end of the 5th Century. It was burnt down by the Vikings in 913. Many times rebuilt, the abbey disappears after the French revolution before its rebirth in 1950 near its original site. The museum displays artefacts discovered during archaeological excavations. It traces the eventful past of this abbey steeped in Briton History for more than 15 centuries. The medieval physic garden is inspired by archaeological discoveries and by mediaeval texts. It is modelled on a monastic garden from c. 900 AD. The virtues of these forgotten plants are drawing attention once again nowadays in cuisine and in "Granny's" herbal teas
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Catherine K
Albion, CA152 contributions
Beautiful Ruin with a Modern Museum
Sep 2019
There's still a lot left of the ancient Abbey. They've done a beautiful job with the gardens, where most of the plants are labeled. The view should get its own review, as the location is next to the sea. The museum features what they know about the abbey's history, plus there was a very good exhibit about the king of Brittany, and that was worth the price of admission.
Written October 2, 2019
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zetani
Banbridge, UK47 contributions
Beautiful site
Jul 2019 • Couples
The site of this abbey on the Crozon peninsula is beautiful. The ruins were picturesque. The museum was interesting. On entry to the site we were given a helpful map with some background information in English although it would have been helpful if an English translation was also available of the item descriptors in the museum to better appreciate what we were looking at. The shop was well stocked and staff members were friendly.
Written July 26, 2019
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Mary B
Crediton, UK27 contributions
Interesting and intriguing!
Oct 2018 • Couples
If you're staying on or near the Crozon peninsula, include a visit to the ancient Abbey of Landevennec. Before going into the Abbey (it cost us €6 each), have a wander through the village down to the estuary side. Lovely views and a walk along by the water. The Abbey itself is a little gem. There is a fascinating museum - exhibits designed to interest children as well as adults. Although tgecruins are relatively small, they are really interesting and you get a true sense of history. There us a small souvenir shop. Not sure whether tgere us a cafe but on a dry, warm day, it would be worth taking a picnic.
Written January 16, 2019
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Thank you very much for your nice comment. We are very happy that you could catch the atmosphere of the ruins of Landevennec’s old abbey. You are right, there is no catering on site unfortunately. However there is a coffee shop as well as a charming creperie in the village. Both are open in the summer. And we absolutely agree with you : Landevennec is the nicest place to have a picnic when the weather allows ! Looking forward to welcoming you again to Landevennec’s old abbey With kind regards,
Written January 17, 2019
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SigiL
Villers-la-ville, Belgium558 contributions
Amazing museum
Apr 2018 • Friends
I discovered this little gem by chance whilst surfing to find things to do on a rainy day. What a great surprise, the museum is actually really modern and interesting. Don’t wait for a rainy day to go 😉
Written April 2, 2018
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Dear SigiL, We are very pleased that you enjoyed your trip although the weather that day wasn't nice. Thanks for your visit and we are looking forward to seeing you again.
Written April 4, 2018
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Christy510
Osaka, Japan16 contributions
Perfect Autumn day to discover the history of the abbey
Nov 2016 • Family
I discovered the ancient links between Kells (Ireland) and Landevennec that I didn't know about. The very exhaustively documented exhibition of "on the footsteps of Brendan - sur les pas de Brendan" was a pleasure to go through.
Pity that this site is not accessible by public transport though. Good that I could have a ride there.
Written November 2, 2016
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Johan K
Belgium3 contributions
Worth the small detour if you are in the area
Jul 2016 • Friends
We started our visit to Presqu'île de Crozon by heading to Landevennec (8km of the main road to Crozon, you can also combine the visit with a stop at the scenic view on the 'Cimetière des Navires' wich is indicated by a sign on the right hand side of the road 1.5 km before the village).

The combination of the ruins of the abbey & the museum in a beautiful scenery at the bay allow you to enjoy a trip back into time. The ruins have been archaeologically escavated and the different parts of the abbey carry a board with an extensive explanation board (in French, the pamphlet in English remedies this to some extent). Outside you will need some imagination to recreate the buildings.

In my opinion the site starts to shine when you enter the museum. There is small introduction to the early history of Brittany followed by explanations about the different periods of the abbey (it has been rebuilt several times, deserted after Viking attacks). You will also find two illuminating, detailed models of the abbey in different times and an interesting collection of artefacts, like books from the scriptorium.

The staff was very welcoming.

The staff is very welcoming
Written July 26, 2016
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fifytyplus
oxford368 contributions
Atmospheric location and amazing museum
Jun 2016 • Couples
Although not extensive, the abbey ruins are well explained and give you a good impression of what the abbey must have looked like. It's the setting that makes them special - overlooking a wonderful tidal inlet, with a little herb garden alongside.
The modern museum, in subdued lighting, is outstanding. Some of the items (notably the manuscripts) are replicas and the air conditioning wasn't working so well when we were there. Nevertheless, the quantity and variety of artefacts, and the story of Christianity in the area, is hugely impressive. The temporary exhibition for kids (based on a cartoon film about monks) was also great fun!
Sadly no in-house refreshments, but a creperie & bookshop selling drinks on the doorstep. Lovely gift shop, with lots of interesting history books for kids!
Written July 11, 2016
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Paula N
Heathfield184 contributions
They've got it right!
Apr 2016 • Couples
Situated at the head of a very pleasant inlet are the ruins of the ancient abbey. A pamphlet (in English) gives a good idea of what it was like in its heyday and there is a fascinating reconstructed herb garden. The museum is in a modern building that blends in well. It tells the story of how monasticism was introduced from the UK. It contains both originals and reproductions of manuscripts that are bordering on the Book of Kells for sheer beauty. All the exhibits and diagrams are labelled in French so it does help if you have more than a smattering of French. You will be offered a badly reproduced guide in English but with the quality of the reproduction and the low light levels this will be of minimal use. There is a well stocked and reasonably priced gift shop with some different gifts. All in all - well worth the visit and the drive to get there is very pleasing.
Written May 8, 2016
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hayfield35
Bradford on Avon Wilts40 contributions
Modern interpretation, easily understood exhibits - you can easily spend 2 or 3 hours
Sep 2015
There were two surprises - first that the museum and the abbey ruins were open on a Sunday (contrary to expectations). Second this was an excellent and unusually detailed explanation of archaeological methods: surveying, dating, analysis of finds, as well as very clear explanations at points in the ruins and then inside the museum. It illustrated well the many lives of the abbey over centuries. An interesting shop with well chosen natural food and other products.
Written September 22, 2015
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Suvieve
Voorschoten, The Netherlands318 contributions
Monastary with an Orchard!
Aug 2015 • Family
Situated in a little village is this beautiful Abbey, where once Benedictine monks resided. There is a museum which is well laid out and informative but unfortunately most of it is in French( you do receive a pamphlet in English though!). The herb garden and orchards, which must have flourished at that time, is now downsized. The walk along the ruins is well laid out with proper boardwalks etc. which makes it accessible for a closer look.
There is a minimal entry fee!!!
Written September 11, 2015
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Ancienne Abbaye de Landévennec is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:30 AM - 7:00 PM