The Fontenay gardens were completely redesigned by the garden architect Peter Holmes, who created a magnificent scene of greenery and plants to bring out the abbey buildings. The beauty of the gardens adds an extra charm to the old Romanesque stone buildings of Fontenay..
The Fontenay Abbey was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1981, and is thus on the 23 such sites in France such as the Mont Saint Michel and the Vézelay Basilic. The ranking didn't just take into account the conversation of the abbey, but also the unique valley in which is is located.
- Opening 2023 :
The Abbey of Fontenay is happy to welcome you :
from January 1 to March 31 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for free visits only.
From April 1st to November 11th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free visit or regular guided visit. (from April 2). Regular guided tours take place every hour: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Exceptionally, the abbey will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 12 and 13, 2022, for free visits only.
- Visits :
Guided visits with previous booking , Duration of a guided visit : 1h00 .
Access partially adapted for disabled persons.
Possibility of free visit with paper guide all year round and guided visit with tour guide from 2/04 to 11/11.
- Charges :
For more information, see our website above.
- Services :
Shop, Public lavatory, Cafeteria, Saloons to let, Seminars, Concerts, Marriage photos, Shooting of films, Children's workshops, Dog admitted if kept on a lead, Carpark arranged, Museum visit, Castle visitation.
- Access :
The Fontenay abbey is located in northern Burgundy, 80 km north of Dijon and 250 km south of Paris. In this small valley of forest and ponds, Fontenay has stayed a peaceful haven from its very beginning.
GPS (Lat x Long) : 47.639275000, 4.388191000