Royal Abbey of Fontevraud
Historic site and monument

Royal Abbey of Fontevraud

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In the heart of the Loire Valley, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fontevraud is one of the largest monastic cities inherited from the Middle Ages.

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Through the exhibitions and guided tours, discover this thousand-year-old abbey and let yourself be surprised by its history... A huge playground, Fontevraud has not forgotten its young visitors! Maps of Temporal Passages to explore the abbey like an adventurous guide or family workshops during weekends and school holidays to enjoy the places differently: it is promised, with these activities, neither parents nor the children will not want to leave the Abbey!

Namely: Fontevraud is also a modern art museum, a 4-star hotel and a gourmet restaurant run by chef Thibault Ruggeri, Bocuse d'or, 1 Michelin star, 3 Gault & Millau toques also awarded the green star of sustainable gastronomy. A unique experience to live with privileged access to the site in the evening.

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Duration:

From: 23 / 03 / 24 To: 05 / 07 / 24
  • Monday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Tuesday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Wednesday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Thursday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Friday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • On Saturday:
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Sunday:
    from 10AM to 00PM
From: 06 / 07 / 24 To: 25 / 08 / 24
  • Monday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Tuesday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Wednesday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Thursday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Friday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • On Saturday:
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Sunday:
    from 10AM to 00PM
From: 26 / 08 / 24 To: 03 / 11 / 24
  • Monday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Tuesday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Wednesday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Thursday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Friday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • On Saturday:
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Sunday:
    from 10AM to 00PM
From: 04 / 11 / 24 To: 20 / 12 / 24
  • Monday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Tuesday :
    closed
  • Wednesday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Thursday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Friday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • On Saturday:
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Sunday:
    from 10AM to 00PM
From: 21 / 12 / 24 To: 05 / 01 / 25
  • Monday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Tuesday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Wednesday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Thursday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Friday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • On Saturday:
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Sunday:
    from 10AM to 00PM

Exceptional closure(s): January 1, December 25

Prices

From: 02 / 01 / 24 To: 31 / 12 / 24
  • Full price 13€
  • Jobseeker 7.50€
  • Adult group 11€

Free: young people under 18 and students under 25, people with disabilities, RMI/RSA, Ministry of Culture card and ICOM card holders, tour guides, groups (1 free every 25 paid + 1 guide and 1 driver), Paying show ticket.
Free entry on the last Sunday of the month in low season (November, January, February).
Ticket combined with the Museum of Modern Art of Fontevraud., Free for children under: 18 years old

  • Payment Methods: Bank/credit card, Cheque, Chèque-Vacances Classic, Cash, Chèque Culture, Online payment

Pratical information

Spoken languages
  • French
  • English
Services
  • Motorhomes allowed
Visit
  • Educational visits
  • Guided tours
Rental / Loan
  • Room rentals
Shops
  • Shop
Customer support / practice
  • Tourist Documentation
Customer support / booking
  • Reservation of services
Catering
  • Fast food
  • Take away meals / Ready meals
Equipments
  • Meeting room
Cultural leisure facilities
  • Auditorium
Interior equipment
  • Toilets
  • Restaurant
Parking
  • Parking
  • Parking nearby
  • Coach parking
  • Free parking
  • Cycling Parking

Attachment bars 150 m away (Allée Sainte Catherine near the bike service area)

The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud is one of the largest monastic complexes in Europe located in the Loire Valley. Founded in 1101 by Robert d'Arbrissel, it has played an important role in the religious and political history of France.
In its early days, the abbey was a double monastery, hosting both monks and nuns, headed by an abbess. The rules of life were strict and based on Benedictine monastic discipline.
Fontevraud Abbey flourished over the centuries and was supported by donations from nobility and royalty. It also benefited from the patronage of the Plantagenet dynasty. You can also see the recumbent effigies of several members of this family, including Henry II of England, Éléonore d'Aquitaine, Richard Coeur de Lion and Isabelle d'Angoulême.
Over time, the abbey was enlarged and embellished. Buildings include an abbey church, cloisters, dormitories, kitchens, and other monastic structures.
After the French Revolution, Fontevraud Abbey was closed and turned into a prison. This penitentiary function lasted until 1963. The abbey was then classified as a historic monument and underwent major restoration work.

Did you know?
36 abbesses succeeded each other at the head of the abbey until 1792, a unique situation in history!

Since 2014, numerous actions have been implemented with a strong emphasis on the environment and in particular the establishment of the energy center which has made it possible to significantly increase the biomass coverage rate. In 2023, if energy consumption remains at the heart of our priorities, the areas of CSR development have focused more on cultural and societal themes. The Social Responsibility of the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud is based on the Scientific and Cultural Project and sobriety at the heart of the customer experience. It is structured around three axes:
• Commitment to serving territories and audiences;
• Commitment to serving employees;
• Commitment to serving the environment.

Would you also like to visit the Fontevraud Museum of Modern Art?
Opt for the combined abbey & museum ticket!
Full price: from €16
Reduced price: from €8,50

As part of the event “In the footsteps of Aliénor” which will take place on Saturday July 13, entry to the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud will be free for all from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.

Adapted tourism criteria
  • Adapted services for hearing loss
  • Adapted benefits for mental impairment
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
  • Ability to communicate in French Sign Language
  • Presence of pictograms and/or simplified visuals of suitable signage (texts/images)
  • Documentation in French Easy

Contact information

Place des Plantagenets
49590 Fontevraud-l'Abbaye