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Abbey of Hambye

Route de l'Abbaye 50450 Hambye

Phone : +33 02 33 61 76 92

Fax : 02 33 61 99 91



A spiritual place in a green valley.

In the XII century, Guillaume Paynel founded Hambye Abbey in a valley along the banks of the river Sienne. The Abbey knew great prosperity until the 14th century and the community became extinct some years before the Revolution. Partly dismantled in the XIX century, the abbey was saved starting in 1956 thanks to the intervention of the Beck family, then the Council for La Manche. This short collaboration allows, today the presentation of one of the most complete groups of monastic buildings in Basse-Normandy. The monastery belongs to the style of transition where the roman rooms like the parlour and the scriptorium encircle the beautiful "capitulaire" room, the best of Norman gothic. The abbatial stands today open to the sky, giving the edifice the charm and atmosphere of romantic ruins. The grounds of the domain however are open to promenades thanks to a network of pathways.

Info :
- Visit : At your leisure with a paper guide (in GB,D, NL, DK, SP, I) or a fixed hour guided visit
- Expected duration of the visit : 1h to 1h30
- Expected duration of the guided visit for groups : 1h30
- Welcome groups : Yes, from 10 people, by reservation, between 15 January and 15 December
- Shop / Souvenirs : Yes
- Modes of payment : cash, cheque and credit cards.
- Gold-leaf workshops, stone masonry, concerts, nature outings, conferences, themed promenades animate the abbey every year.

Tariffs :
- Adults : 5,50 €
- Children : 2,50 € from 7 to 18 years (free for children up to 7 years of age)
- Reduced tariff : 4€

Opening hours:
From April to June and September 10 am-12 am / 2 pm -6 pm 
July and August 10 am / 6 pm 
Halloween holidays 10 am-12 am  / 2 pm-5 pm
Closed Tuesdays except July and August
Closed on May 1

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