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Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches

11 rue du Pont Chignon, 50800 Villedieu-les-Poeles, France
+33 2 33 61 00 56
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A rare opportunity but not a bargain

One of only 2 bell foundries remaining in France so worth a visit and 30 minute tour for €8 each... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
James E
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London, United Kingdom
via mobile
Guided tour

At first sight a little expensive but very interesting . Actual tour is around 30 mins but with... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2017
graham c
,
Chatteris, United Kingdom
via mobile
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In an authentic 19th Century workshop, discover nine centuries of tradition, from ageless methods to modern technology.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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11 rue du Pont Chignon, 50800 Villedieu-les-Poeles, France
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+33 2 33 61 00 56
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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

One of only 2 bell foundries remaining in France so worth a visit and 30 minute tour for €8 each. There is only 1 in UK left. Especially good if its raining and you're fed up bikers like we were. Good english-speaking guide who knows...More

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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

At first sight a little expensive but very interesting . Actual tour is around 30 mins but with looking at everything allow an hour . Worth doing as there are not many foundries left in the world specialising in bell making . Bells ringing a...More

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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

We visited earlier this month, but the shop only. Our purpose was to buy some of the Mauviel copper pots and the shop assistant was super. We bought the confiture set with a few gifts too. Top marks for their knowledge, patience and help.

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Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

On their website it was written that from 8th July the atelier would be open all days but when we arrived today there was a sign announcing the summertime openings from the 12th. It's a pity as we came to Villedieu-les-Poeles just to visit this...More

Thank Chiara C
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Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

One of the few remaining bell foundries, this is not a museum but a living factory, still creating these wonderful objects for such as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The guided tour (led by a charming young woman with perfect English) was unhurried and taught...More

1  Thank robert h
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Reviewed 16 May 2017

A very informative visit about the making of bells, you are close to the workers and the guides are ready to answer all sorts of questions about this traditional business. A lovely shop to buy souvenirs from, and a lots of bells to play with!

1  Thank Ghislaine334
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

We knew there was a bell foundry in Villedieu but this place is a gem. There were only a few people there and we were offered a tour in English when we arrived, which turned out to be just for us. The guide was informative...More

1  Thank TosacCat
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

Went there with friends when touring Normandy First of all, the site is quite small. This is evidently a relative statement as I had no idea how small/big a bell foundry could be. However, once you start the tour, you realize all they can do...More

1  Thank jean p
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Reviewed 15 August 2016

We were given a guided tour of the Foundry in English and the Guide was very friendly and informative. This Foundry is well worth a visit.

2  Thank thedales34
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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Went to entertain Amelia. An English guide Charlotte who was excellent. Discovered that the shops in the town are less expensive for little bells.

1  Thank Petermaxlyte
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