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We loved the tour here. Very interesting and informative and lots of fun. Takes about 30 minutes... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Suzie L
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Guildford, United Kingdom
Don’t miss it

Excellent guide very knowledgable and spoke perfect English. He gave us a tour of the foundry and... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2018
Hilary14
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In an authentic 19th Century workshop, discover nine centuries of tradition, from ageless methods to modern technology.
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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 1 week ago

We loved the tour here. Very interesting and informative and lots of fun. Takes about 30 minutes, and can get quite loud at times. Well worth a visit.

Thank Suzie L
Reviewed 13 July 2018

Excellent guide very knowledgable and spoke perfect English. He gave us a tour of the foundry and could answer any questions. We saw the workmen carrying out the various tasks . Outside there were different bells for the children to ring, which they loved. The...More

Thank Hilary14
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Amazing tour round cloche foundry in English (the guides first tour- but word perfect and inspiring facts) - as we visit so many churches have been meaning to visit this place in France for a few years- since found out about it and it did...More

Thank pickytweeter
Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed this little train trip from Granville to this initially unprepossessing town. The foundry visit is well presented, we had a knowledgeable English speaking guide. All the staff were pleasant, the shop was classy. You get to ring bells, even big ones!

Thank AHGPortsmouth
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

One of only 2 bell foundries remaining in France so worth a visit and 30 minute tour for €8 each. There is only 1 in UK left. Especially good if its raining and you're fed up bikers like we were. Good english-speaking guide who knows...More

Thank James E
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

At first sight a little expensive but very interesting . Actual tour is around 30 mins but with looking at everything allow an hour . Worth doing as there are not many foundries left in the world specialising in bell making . Bells ringing a...More

Thank graham c
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

We visited earlier this month, but the shop only. Our purpose was to buy some of the Mauviel copper pots and the shop assistant was super. We bought the confiture set with a few gifts too. Top marks for their knowledge, patience and help.

Thank MMLux2014
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

1  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!

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