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Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud

49590 Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, France
+33 2 41 51 71 21
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Impressive spot

The pictures speak for themselves - it's a beautiful spot and well worth the visit. The weather was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
LostinSpace2010
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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So much to see and do...

We stayed overnight at the hotel within the walled grounds, leaving us free to roam the grounds at... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
diddys-mom
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Boston area
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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49590 Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, France
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The pictures speak for themselves - it's a beautiful spot and well worth the visit. The weather was not nice while we were there but we were still glad we went!!

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this review

Dear guests, We thank you for sharing your opinion on TripAdvisor. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed overnight at the hotel within the walled grounds, leaving us free to roam the grounds at night. There are two walking tours in the English brochure from the visitor center; one through the buildings and the other around the walled grounds and gardens....More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this review

Dear guests, Thank you so much for having shared your experience on TripAdvisor. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 18 April 2017

Easy to find 15 km East of Saumur. Very large collection of buildings. It takes several hours to do th visit. You can find the tumbs of Henry II and Richard Lion Heart, kings of England. Strange modern art exhibits. Used to be a prison,...More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this review

Dear guests, We thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. Audioguides in English are also available at the ticket office. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 14 April 2017

Allow several hours to follow the recommended tour route, and enjoy the different histories of Abbey and prison that occurred there. The site is modernised and has several interactive exhibits. There is plenty to do for children age 6-12, and a few exhibits that will...More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this review

Dear Jack and Sara, Thank you for having shared your experience on TripAdvisor. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

My partner and I stayed while doing a tour of Northern France and I can say it is a lovely hotel Ina great setting and as we were guests we aware able to view the abbey at night by ourselves and it was a thrilling...More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this review

Dear Kevin, We are glad to read that you have enjoyed your stay at Fontevraud. We thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 28 March 2017

I was unfamiliar with the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud apart from the fact that it is the final resting place of Henry the Second, Richard the lion heart and Eleanor of Aquitaine. The are was once a grand Abbey that was ransacked during the revolution...More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this review

Dear Grant, You have shared your opinion on TripAdvisor and we want to thank you. In 1792, when the last nuns ran away, the abbey was already empty. The major part of the furnitures, paintings and sculptures have been moved in other churches around or...More

Reviewed 9 December 2016

An amazing Abbey which is situated in a lovely quaint village with several restaurants. Lots of reviews say you need to spend a few hours here to fully appreciate all there is to see in the Abbey - we thought we'd only want to be...More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this review

Dear Sue, We thank you for having shared your experience on TripAdvisor. Generally, we recommend about 2 hours to enjoy the tour of the abbey and its gardens. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 3 December 2016

Being unfamiliar with the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, I didn’t know what to expect. I discovered the rather interesting story about the original abbey, which was founded in 1101, being converted into a prison by Napoleon. I was also surprised to find out that King...More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this review

Dear guest, We thank you for sharing your opinion on tripAdvisor. Soon, the current audioguide will be replaced with a new device which will offer a new visit experience. Along the tour, 20 screens broadcast motion movies both in French and English to give you...More

Reviewed 27 November 2016

Just love this abbaye for its history linked to England but also its own hisotry in France. A unique experience.

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this review

Dear Lisa, Thank you very much for sharing your opinion on TripAdvisor. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 25 November 2016

One of the best-preserved and restored medieval abbeys in Europe, Fontevraud offers a fascinating and inspiring insight into its 700 years as a place of devotion, as well as its nearly 200 years as a prison. If you have the budget to stay overnight in...More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this review

Dear Richard, We sincerely thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. Staying at Fontevraud L'Hôtel is a wonderful experience: have a walk in the gardens at sundown, say good night to Leonor, Richard and Henry in the church before going back to your room,...More

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gcgiffin
Is there a day tour to the Abbey from Bordeaux please. I'm going to be there next mid September. Thanks. Cheryl
31 October 2016|
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Response from robertvalerie | Reviewed this property |
there are many guided tours daily I am not sure if there a tour from Bordeaux, probably not as this is far from bordeaux all the best and enjoy your stay
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hazelb719
We are traveling by car to stay at the hotel with our children. What is advisable and recommended for families and parking our car? Many thanks, and very much looking forward to our stay!!!
31 May 2016|
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Response from Olivier C | Property representative |
Good morning, The Fontevraud Hotel has its own private parking for its guests. GPS : 38 rue Saint-Jean de l'Habit 49590 Fontevraud After buzzing the gate, just ask some help to the receptionists for your luggage... More
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DrPhy
We are traveling without the use of a car. Is there any way we can get to the Abby from Tours or Chinon?
17 March 2016|
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Response from Olivier C | Property representative |
Good evening, Thanks for your interest for the Royal Abbey. I recommand you to take a train to Saumur. From the station, the Abbey is at 17 km. A taxi course will cost you around 30€. There is also a bus line, but there... More
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