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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 hard at work with their sewing and embroidery.


Practical InformationAddress : Abbaye de Fontaine-Guérard 27380 Radepont
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Individuals (free visit):Full price: 5,00 €;Reduced price : 4,00 € on presentation of a proof (Disabled, 18-25 year olds, unemployed)Children rate : 3,00 € (from 7 to 17 years), booklet game offered for a playful visit (7 to 12 years)

Family package : 15,00 € (both parents and their children)

Free : under 7 years old.

Groups (from 15 people)

Free visit : 4,00 € per person (days and hours open to the public).

Guided tour : 6,00 € per person (from 15 people or minimum package 90,00 €)

1 free entrance for 20 paying persons (guide, chauffeur).


Prices valid excluding animations and concerts


Rates for the 2019 season (Prices are valid excluding entertainment and shows)

Individuals (free visit):
Free visit of the abbey, monastic gardens of sculptures, and access to the temporary exhibition in progress.
Full price: € 5.00;
Reduced price: 4,00 € on presentation of proof (disabled, students 18-25 years old, unemployed)
Children's rate: € 3,00 (from 7 to 17 years old), free game booklet for a fun visit (7 to 12 years old)
Family package: € 15.00 (both parents and their children)
Free: Under 7, members of the association "Esprit de Fontaine-Guérard".

Groups (from 12 people)
possibility all year on reservation (guided tours and school)
Free visit: € 4.00 per person (to the days and hours of opening to the individual public).
Guided tour: 6,00 € per person (from 12 people or minimum package 70,00 €)
1 free entry for 20 paying persons (escort, driver).


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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