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Healing water

Not far from the forest of Lyons, in the valley of the Andelle, a lively and undisciplined river, the landscape has retained the feel of wilderness. Here, water is master, submerging the neighbouring fields for part of the year, and permanently surrounding the old spinning mill which not far from the abbey rises, like a mirage, with its curious neo-mediaeval towers high above the foliage.

It is in this enchanting, remote setting, reputed for its miraculous fountain, that a community of Benedictine nuns decided to settle in the 12th century, before transferring to the Cistercian order the following century. The buildings that have been handed down to us are in a very pure Gothic style, characteristic of Anglo-Norman architecture, and they evoke more the simplicity of country life, rather than the austerity and demands of strict observance.

While the church was destroyed in part, the conventual buildings still offer lovely spaces that are open to the surrounding landscape: the dormitory, with its roof in the form of a ship’s hull, has as many windows as nuns’ cells; the chapter house, with its fine columns, offers a haven for meditation; and the ogival vaults of the work room seem still to resonate with the sounds of nuns. The medicinal plants garden is being restored.


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Rates for the 2023 season (Rates valid excluding entertainment and shows)

Free visit of the abbey (abbey, troglodyte cellar, chapter house, work room (workroom), dormitory of the nuns), monastic sculpture gardens, and current exhibitions.

Individuals (self-guided visit): Full price: €6.00;

Reduced price: €4.50 on presentation of proof (disabled, students aged 18-25, Pôle emploi)

Children's rate: €3.50 (from 7 to 17 years old), free game booklet for a fun visit (7 to 12 years old) F

amily package: €17.00 (both parents and their children) Free: under 7 years old. Leashed and clean pets are welcome.

Groups (from 10 people) possibility all year round by reservation (guided and school visits)

Self-guided tour: €5.00 per person (on days and times open to the individual public).

Guided tour: €7.00 per person (from 10 people or minimum package €70.00) 1 free entry for 20 paying people (guide, driver).

School children: €80.00 per class (guided tour and educational trail with a treasure hunt and answers to riddles).


Season 2023:

– April: from 16 to 22 and from 24 to 28 every day: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., 23: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

– May: Fridays + 1st (Flaubert en l'Abbaye), 8, 18 (Ascension), 29:00-18:00

– June: Fridays 2 p.m.-6 p.m., 3 and 4: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (“Medievals of Fontaine-Guérard”)

– July: 7, 14, 17 to 28, 31: 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., July 29 and 30: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

– August: from 1 to 11, 12 and 13 (Venetian Fashion Week), from 14 to 18, from 21 to 25, from 28 to 31: 2 p.m.

– September: Fridays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Heritage Days (16 and 17): 10.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

– October: 28 and 29: 10.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (“Wedding Fair”)

– November: 4 and 5: 10.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (“Salon des Créateurs” and crafts)



Norman Abbeys
Norman Abbeys

Abbayes de Normandie - Route historique
28, rue Raymond Aron
BP 52
76824 Mont-Saint-Aignan Cedex

+33 (0)2 35 12 41 60
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