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Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud

49590 Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, France
+33 2 41 51 71 21
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Quite a place, but beware the audio guide.

Our friends recommended visiting the abbey – they’d been there before and it was near where we were... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
BeejayBerkshire
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Berkshire
A travel into history

The Abbey is sumptuous and the audio guided tour is a must for non French speakers. The tombs of... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2017
PimentelRiodeJaneiro
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Rio de Janeiro
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Founded in 1101 on the intersecting borders of three regions, Anjou, Touraine and Poitou, Fontevraud Abbey is the largest surviving monastic complex from the Middle Ages. At the heart of the Abbey Church, the reclining effigies of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II and Richard the Lionheart are a reminder of its close links with the Plantagenet kings. Converted into a prison between 1804 and 1963, then in 2000 designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Loire Valley, Fontevraud lives and breathes heritage, culture, the art of living and tradition of hospitality, continuing to embody its founder's vision of an "ideal city".
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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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

Our friends recommended visiting the abbey – they’d been there before and it was near where we were staying. However, it was nothing like they remembered it. Once it had been a case of wander round and marvel at the building for free. Now it’s...More

Thank BeejayBerkshire
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear guests, We thank you for having shared your experience on TripAdvisor. The price, which has been unchanged for 4 years, is in line with the 18 others main monuments of the Loire Valley. The ticket offers you the possibility to visit the Abbey and...More

Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

The Abbey is sumptuous and the audio guided tour is a must for non French speakers. The tombs of important nobles such as Richard the Lion Hearted and Henry II of England and Queen Eleanor are a must. The Abbey, as well as many historical...More

Thank PimentelRiodeJaneiro
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 3 November 2017

The Royal Abbey at Fontevraud is one of the great romanesque masterpieces in France to be compared with Cluny in Burgundy. You have to pay to get in, but don't be upset: the ticket will take you round vast interiors which resemble opera sets for...More

Thank stephencamburn
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Stephen, Thank you so much for publishing such an enthusiastic opinion on TripAdvisor. We are still working on an improvement of accessibility on the 14 hectares of the monument. Next spring, a new electric shuttle will transport our guests in need of an assistance....More

Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

The Abbey is absolutely beautiful and a very good (albeit long-winded) auidoguide tour took us round to enjoy the sites and history of this fabulous and unique place.

Thank Sophie C
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Sophie, We thank you for having shared your experience on TripAdvisor. Best wishes. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 29 October 2017

Consider visiting with a guide - as there is so much history with this Abbey - from royalty, to women led communities, to prison. Fascinating - allow enough time to take it all in.

Thank Heidi D
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Heidi, We thank you for having shared your experience on TripAdvisor. We recommend to our guest to plan 3 hours to fully enjoy the tour. Best wishes Olivier Châble

Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

We visited this beautiful historic place with our two children, aged 15 and 10. Good value entrance fee with a family ticket. I have visited several times before as I am very interested in History, and this time wanted my children to see the tombs...More

Thank ambw71
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear guests, We thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. We are glad to read that you sons enjoyed the tour. There is a treasure hunt on iPad, "La Chasse aux Bozzons". This service is available in English too. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 14 October 2017

This abbey, founded in the early 12th C, was run by women yet included communities of men as well. Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II and Richard the LIonheart all spent time here. There are several Plantagenet effigies in the abbey church. One of the most...More

Thank Terry L
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Dear Terry, We thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. Buying your ticket at Fontevraud Abbey, on presentation of your full price entrance ticket, you can benefit a reduced rate to visit the different sites of our tourism networks “VOS VISITES EN TOURAINE” &...More

Reviewed 5 October 2017

If you like history it is a place to go as this abbaye has been of different uses at different times. Alienor and Richard Coeur de Lion are there. Situated in a little village full of charm. A place to go!

Thank Fabyenne L
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Fabyenne, We thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. Best wishes. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 1 October 2017

This is an excellent example of Anglo-French History dating back to Henry II and Richard the Lionheart. The Abbey has soaring columns and yet despite its size it is almost intimate. The space is huge. Doors lead to excellent cloisters with gardens and hidden steps...More

Thank ESVincent
Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2017

Dear guests, We thank you for having shared your enthusiasm on TripAdvisor. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 25 September 2017

Chinon on the banks of the river Vienne was once the residence of Henry 11 who was King of England and Anjou and was married to Eleanor of Aquitaine who bore him sons one of whom was Richard of Lionheart of Robin Hood and the...More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Dear Maria, We are glad to learn that you enjoyed a lot your experience visiting Fontevraud. We thank you for sharing your satisfaction on TripAdvisor. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

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sandycomo04
2 June 2017|
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Response from CPaM68 | Reviewed this property |
Paris. We picked a car at Charles De Gaulle (Hertz) and drove to Amboise where we stayed for four days as we toured the Loire Valley by car. Left the car in Tours and caught the train back to Paris. Did not have any real... More
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gcgiffin
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
30 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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