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 How long does it take to visit?

The visit of the Abbey takes between 30 minutes and 3 hours, depending on the desired level of detail. Fontenay can be enjoyed in a half day if you wish to include walks in the valley.

What is the best time of the year to visit?

Fontenay is enjoyed throughout the year in its different facets.
Spring and summer are the seasons of highest attendance, which allow for the experience of the light of Fontenay and gardens full of vitality. The lighting is especially pleasant mornings and evenings.
In autumn and winter one can enjoy Fontenay with few people, and feel better how monks lived. Fontenay covered with snow is an unforgettable sight.

Is advanced booking required?

It is not necessary to book in advance for individual visitors. It should be noted that in the summer, attendance is less intense in late afternoon.
It is however essential to book for group visits.

Are private tours available?

Yes, individual visitors can tour with a private guide. Please contact the staff for rates and booking details.

Is it possible to leave the area and return later the same day?

Yes, it is possible, you just need to present your entrance ticket of the day.

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