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Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches

11 rue du Pont Chignon, 50800 Villedieu-les-Poeles, France
+33 2 33 61 00 56
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Unexpectedly closed!

On their website it was written that from 8th July the atelier would be open all days but when we... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Chiara C
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Torino
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Fascinating, could have stayed longer...

One of the few remaining bell foundries, this is not a museum but a living factory, still creating... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
robert h
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In an authentic 19th Century workshop, discover nine centuries of tradition, from ageless methods to modern technology.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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11 rue du Pont Chignon, 50800 Villedieu-les-Poeles, France
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+33 2 33 61 00 56
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Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

On their website it was written that from 8th July the atelier would be open all days but when we arrived today there was a sign announcing the summertime openings from the 12th. It's a pity as we came to Villedieu-les-Poeles just to visit this...More

Thank Chiara C
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

One of the few remaining bell foundries, this is not a museum but a living factory, still creating these wonderful objects for such as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The guided tour (led by a charming young woman with perfect English) was unhurried and taught...More

Thank robert h
Reviewed 15 May 2017

A very informative visit about the making of bells, you are close to the workers and the guides are ready to answer all sorts of questions about this traditional business. A lovely shop to buy souvenirs from, and a lots of bells to play with!

Thank Ghislaine334
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We knew there was a bell foundry in Villedieu but this place is a gem. There were only a few people there and we were offered a tour in English when we arrived, which turned out to be just for us. The guide was informative...More

Thank TosacCat
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Went there with friends when touring Normandy First of all, the site is quite small. This is evidently a relative statement as I had no idea how small/big a bell foundry could be. However, once you start the tour, you realize all they can do...More

Thank jean p
Reviewed 15 August 2016

We were given a guided tour of the Foundry in English and the Guide was very friendly and informative. This Foundry is well worth a visit.

2  Thank thedales34
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Went to entertain Amelia. An English guide Charlotte who was excellent. Discovered that the shops in the town are less expensive for little bells.

Thank Petermaxlyte
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

This was a most interesting visit. We arrived just as the English tour was leaving and we where informed of the bell making process from making of the mouldy and wax relief designs to the smelting of the bronze. Our tour guide had excellent English...More

Thank Penny F
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Fantastic tour - lasted about 45mins. Really interesting and available with an English speaking guide. This foundry takes orders and ships worldwide having recently forged nine bells for Notre-Dame de Paris.

1  Thank Stephen G
Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

Had a spare day while passing through France and saw this bell foundry was in the town. A guided tour in good English for just a small group of visitors started soon after we arrived and we were taken around the foundry and the processes...More

2  Thank mus09
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