Palais Bénédictine
Palais Bénédictine
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural Buildings
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
About
The Palais Benedictine, an architectural masterpiece of gothic and Renaissance inspirations, proposes guided tours all year long on Saturday, Sunday, holidays (except May 1st, December 25th and January 1st), and every day during school holidays at 3pm. Discover the museum, the one and only Benedictine distillery in the world and the cellars. Eventually, enjoy the contemporary art exhibition, before heading to the Winter Garden where is offered a tasting of one of the three Benedictine Expressions*. Alcohol abuse is dangerous for health. Consume with moderation
Duration: 1-2 hours
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John B
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Our May 2024 Palace Benedictine tour and tasting was a disappointment.

The website states that they open at 10:00 and that the first basic French and English tour is at 10:30.

While employees are present at 10:00 am, the building does not open until the tour is scheduled to start at 10:30 (or a little thereafter). They have you wait outside the building.

They have English speaking tour guides but choose not to speak any English. We advised we did not speak French when allowed into the building before the tour and not a word of the tour was in English. We again advised that we spoke English at the beginning of the tasting and not a word of English was spoken. Both guides we informed spoke fluent English.

The building/palace is beautiful, and the exhibits are described with French and English text. Despite what the website states, do not count on the tour or tasting being in English even though the guides do speak English very well.
Written 16 June 2024
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We are sincerely sorry for the inconvenience caused by this error on our part. We have just taken the necessary steps to rectify the situation. We look forward to seeing you again at the Palais Bénédictine.
Written 17 June 2024
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Colin C
London, UK224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A great place to visit, the palace is beautiful and the history is really interesting and is bought to life during the tour. The drinks tasting at the end is amazing, it’s such a interesting drink, As always the most expensive was my favourite. A unique experience
Written 29 May 2024
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Colin, we're delighted that you enjoyed your experience, and we look forward to seeing you again at the La Verriere bar!
Written 3 June 2024
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SaSchlienger
Willisau, Switzerland184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This was an amazing day we spent here. The tour, followed by the tasting was superb. The Palace is incredibly beautiful and the Liqueur is sooo tasty. If you have the chance, don't miss out on this experience. It's absolutely worth it
Written 10 September 2023
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Thank you for your feedback! We look forward to seeing you again at the Palais Bénédictine!
Written 11 September 2023
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Laura P
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Really interesting and captiving, unfortunately the guide spoke only in French even though part of the group didn’t understand French. However the Benedictine liquor was really good and tasty
Written 17 August 2023
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Our apologies for this inconvenience, you have probably taken a French slot. We would be delighted to see you again so that you can have the explanations in English.
Written 18 August 2023
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Яна С
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Very bad service! All hall were closed!
You can buy tickets without cash desk and nobody tell you about renovations! I don’t recommend this place, save your money and time
Written 10 June 2023
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We are sorry for this feedback, we will pass on the information ... Hoping your next visit will be better.
Written 12 June 2023
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aurelie l
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Horrible welcome
Not taking into account people with disabilities
Terribly disorganized , not respecting times, staff is rude
Written 29 April 2023
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We are sincerely sorry for this bad experience, we will pass on this information.
Written 2 May 2023
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jobo49
Angers, France85 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Don't expect much history! Most of the visit is based on half truths which are hidden or poorly explained. Is this a Benedictine palace? It was built in 1900. Is it Benedictine? The abbey was on another site (this site was a brewery). Is it a Benedictine recipe? The abbey was dissolved 70 years before the current product was invented.
Written 17 July 2022
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Alexandre Le Grand created a distillery in 1863 where the Benedictine Palace still stands to recreate the recipe of an elixir previously imagined at the Benedictine abbey of Fécamp. This ancient abbey, founded in 1006, is about 1km away from Le Palais. In 1792, because of the French Revolution, the Abbey of Fécamp ceased to exist and the Benedictine monks left. The old and imposing abbey church still exists and remains one of the best known and most important monuments of the city of Fécamp. Part of the old convent buildings now house the Town Hall. The rest of the buildings were destroyed in the 19th century after the Revolution. Born in 1830, Alexandre Le Grand rediscovered the recipe in a manuscript inherited from his grandfather. The latter had obtained it from one of the last Benedictine monks present in 1792, who had saved it when leaving the abbey. Alexandre Le Grand adapted this recipe into a liqueur he called Bénédictine, in tribute to its origin. Alexandre Le Grand always kept a part of mystery, refusing to show the manuscript, but always kept it with him. Nowadays, we maintain this part of mystery, just like the founder always did. The buildings in which Alexandre Le Grand settled in 1863 evolved over the decades: enlarged, destroyed by fire in 1892 then rebuilt in their final appearance in 1900. The ensemble now bears the name of Palais Bénédictine, a place where the Benedictine liqueur distillery is located, and the museum of religious art and history created by Alexandre Le Grand, open to the public in 1872. In this museum, there are objects and documents from the abbey of Fécamp, dispersed during the Revolution then acquired and preserved by Alexandre Le Grand, the oldest dating back to the 11th century. It is therefore more than a thousand years of history that are preserved at the Palais Bénédictine, in addition to being the only place where the Bénédictine liqueur is produced. The Benedictine Palace was built specifically for this, in a singular and eclectic architecture, which makes this place unique. The Palais Bénédictine does not claim to be the abbey of Fécamp, but by its history, the Bénédictine liqueur and the objects kept at the Palais Bénédictine are intimately linked to the former abbey. All this is explained in the Benedictine Palace during the visit.
Written 1 August 2022
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Ephoist
Florence, SC87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Make reservations for a tour there LONG before you arrive or you won’t get in. If you miss the tour, visit the tasting room and/or the bar. The bar staff can open the shop for you to buy items after hours :)
Written 17 May 2022
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Thank you for your visit and your review. We are glad you enjoyed the visit and hope we will have the pleasure to welcome you back!
Written 3 June 2022
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Seasondtraveller
Paris4,342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We knew nothing about the story of the Bénédictine spirit beforehand and learned a lot during our visit. The Palace also features some beautiful religious artefacts. Plan about two hours for the museum plus guided visit.
Written 16 March 2022
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Thank you for your visit and the review ! We are glad you enjoyed the tour ! :)
Written 1 April 2022
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bevandkiki
Oklahoma City, OK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Beautiful and breathtaking! The grounds were immaculate. Enjoyed it immensely. Especially the tastings and the gift shop! Would have enjoyed more if I wasn't so tired from all the tours on my trip (Seine river cruise).
Written 21 December 2021
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Thank you for your visit and your kind message! We are glad you enjoyed the visit, and we hope we will have the pleasure to welcome you back!
Written 7 February 2022
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