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Abbey of Bec-Hellouin

3 Place de l'Abbe Herluin, 27800 Le Bec-Hellouin, France
+33 2 32 43 72 60
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Fascinating relic of anglo-norman history, beautiful and peaceful

The heart of the beautiful village of Le Bec Hellouin is the abbey. Founded nearly a millenium ago... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2015
David P
Don't forget the church!

You are free to walk around the outside of the buildings. The treasure of the place is the Elgise... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2015
auntieshaz21
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Lanton, France
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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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3 Place de l'Abbe Herluin, 27800 Le Bec-Hellouin, France
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Reviewed 25 August 2015

The heart of the beautiful village of Le Bec Hellouin is the abbey. Founded nearly a millenium ago and once of the great monastic seats of learning. After the conquest, the abbey supplied several arch-bishops of Canterbury and bishops of Rochester too. Now the whole...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2015

You are free to walk around the outside of the buildings. The treasure of the place is the Elgise (church). It is situated in the main building, not in the church. It is a long room with interesting arched ceilings - what a find!

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Reviewed 2 July 2015

We walked around the Abbey grounds on our first day in the village and found it very peaceful and interesting. We returned for the Mass on Ascension day and again for a guided tour, by a twinkly-eyed monk. If you can get to a service...More

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Reviewed 30 June 2015

We have been many times and never tire of the experience. The village is a delight and is being improved around the Abbey. If you possibly can go there for vespers in the evening, you will not fail but be impressed by the simple sincerity...More

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Reviewed 6 June 2015

Unlike many "abbayes" in France, this one has real live Benedictine monks. If you're Catholic, you might appreciate attending sung Mass here. The remaining buildings are impressive but not particularly attractive.

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Reviewed 1 May 2015

Very small, charming town with a beautiful Abbey and a lovely crepe restaurant. It was a great, quick trip from Haye du Theil

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Reviewed 20 April 2015

Roadworks outside creating dust and noise . Abbey is large but pretty forbiding/foreboding . No signed entrances , so brief walk around the outside . It's a working Abbey so expect to see nuns and monks .

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Reviewed 18 April 2015

Normally when I go it is quiet and peaceful but the are doing renovations in the village and the abbey. We attended a mass in the simple church and the chanting was magical. A wonderful experience. The monks make and sell pottery but the shop...More

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Reviewed 25 November 2014

There is never enough peace and quiet when motoring around the gentle environs of Haute-Normandy. There is no doubt that this is a typical Norman village , a haven of tranquility, aided and abetted by a community of Benedictine monks whose home-made ceramics are worthy...More

Thank Eli B
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Reviewed 27 October 2014

Although the abbey is interesting from a historical point of view, the village surrounding the abbey was a big surprise, we loved the historical house styles!

Thank Louise B
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joe141
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Response from David P | Reviewed this property |
From the USA I guess you will be flying to Paris Charles de Gaulle. That is to the north east of Paris. Le Bec is pretty much west of Paris. There are trains from Paris to Bernay the nearest largish town, then I guess taxi... More
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