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Address: Le Bec-Hellouin - Abbaye du Bec-Hellouin, 27800 Le Bec-Hellouin, France
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+33 2 32 43 72 60

The majestic and peaceful Abbey of Notre-Dame-du-Bec stands in the heart of...

The majestic and peaceful Abbey of Notre-Dame-du-Bec stands in the heart of the Bec valley, on the banks of the narrow river that gives the site its name. This charming abbey, which has once again housed a community of Benedictine monks since 1948, features some of the finest ecclesiastical architecture of the 17th and 18th century. The tour includes the cloister, the 15th century bell tower of Saint-Nicolas, the monastic quarters, the abbey church and concludes with a display of crafts and artefacts made by the monks. Open: > 1st October to 31st May: from Monday to Saturday: tours at 10.30 a.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. ; Sundays and public holidays: tours at noon, 3 p.m., 4 p.m. > 1st June to 30th September: from Monday to Friday: tours at 10.30 a.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. ; Sundays and public holidays: tours at noon, 3 p.m., 4 p.m. Closed: > Tuesdays. > 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4 €; 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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This free to visit Abbey is an absolute must see. I have never seen any Abbey so impressive and just beautiful, grounds are lovely too

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 October 2016
Prestatyn, United Kingdom
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Prestatyn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This free to visit Abbey is an absolute must see. I have never seen any Abbey so impressive and just beautiful, grounds are lovely too

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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

The village itself is worth a visit and the Abby is a real bonus. Only a small part of the building is available to view and that is by guide only. The talk is in French only so not easy unless fluent. However still worth the walk around. Interesting direct link with Canterbury with Archbishops coming from this place.

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Three senior staying near Brionne decided to visit, and we are so glad we did. Conducted tours are on every week day apart from Tuesdays, and are at 10.30; 3.00 & 4.00pm. A small fee is charged. Don't expect the Tour Guide to speak English, she tries, but then why don't we just learn French !! The tours are good,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed just for a short visit. The Abbey was beautil to look around though we couldn't go in. The town is definately worth a stop.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

They abbey building looks like it was built in very rich times, looks expensive whereas the interior of the abbey's church is simple, you would rather say naked walls and alter. Next to the abbey is the village of Le Bex itself a must see for every tourist in the area.

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Le Bec Hellouin was a bit of a deception. Nice serie of wooden small colorful houses finishing with the tourism office, in front of a church, but that's it. We could just see the abbey from the outside, big walls, an old nice bell tower, a church quite new and empty. Big green park around.

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Bo'ness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

Great place to stay in pleasant historic village. Pleasant rooms, especially off courtyard. Excellent restaurant with modern French cooking. Will attempt to stay in this hotel as we travel to the South of France. Close to tarmacked cycle way through Normandy!

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

Spent the afternoon wandering around the Abbey Gardens and the village of Le Bec Hellouin. It's peaceful and quiet. It doesn't take long to walk from end to end but the architecture and gardens are beautiful.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016 via mobile

Not as much to see architecturally, but a very peaceful place and notable for its connection with Anselm and Anglicanism. The gift shop is very good - the monastery ceramic is beautiful, and the monks are quite friendly. There is a step into the church, but the gift shop is wheelchair accessible. The surrounding countryside makes for a gorgeous drive.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

I was very disappointed .Although the exterior and park were lovely, I thought you could wander freely as an alternative to guided visits (in French only).Full access, including the cloister,is only available on a guided tour.We just missed the one morning tour .There were several in the afternoon.Check times on the website.

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