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“Stroll the grounds and check out the village”

Abbey of Bec-Hellouin
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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
Reviewed 2 September 2017

A stroll through the Abbaye grounds and around the lovely little village was a nice way to idle away an hour or so. We considered touring the inside of the Abbaye but when we went to the shop where the tickets are booked the monk there was too busy chatting to some locals to be bothered with us, so we didn't go. Also popped into the village hall for an exhibition of local (amateur!) painters - always nice to see a community in action. A decent coffee shop and it would have been perfect!

Thank AllanJGJ
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Reviewed 30 August 2017

Actually the medieval remains are not that many, however they are beautiful-especially the impressive gate, and the 18th century part, though built in a rather severe style is very interesting too.
The park though not entirely open to the visit is splendid and the small village at the entrance of the abbey is really very colorful and pittoresque.
Definitely worth a visit (and my understanding is that 30 minutes guided tour is great.
The creperie just in front of the abbey (at the corner of the street) is delicious and offers a good price/quality ratio.
Last but not least, Jonathan Coe mentions this very abbey in "The closed Circle" for this author's fan...

Thank famille_LENIQUE
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Lovely old buildings in a village around since the middle ages. A tour would be recommended as the buildings can only be seen from the outside otherwise.

Thank Sssk_solihull
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Reviewed 31 May 2017

If you are in the area, it is worth a stop. We had a very nice walk through the grounds and the nearby town is lovely. There's giant 11th century tower in the middle of the abbey and an active church with services. It's free.

Thank MarcSantaCruz
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

Well worth a visit with family, the village itself is beautiful classic Normandy cottages, very peaceful, lovely views of surrounding countryside. The abbey buildings include an impressive tower, different from anything you will see in UK and linked with early archbishops of Canterbury. Free to visit, reasonably priced creperie in the village. Recommend you link with a visit to nearby Harcourt chateau, also arts/antiquities shop about 700m out of the village is worth a look.

Thank SouthEastFamilyFour
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