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“Worth the drive”

Abbaye de St-Wandrille
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Florida
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Worth the drive”
Reviewed 15 September 2013

We arrived a few minutes to late for the guided tour and did not have time to do the next tour so cannot rate the tour. The ruins were fascinating and the grounds so peaceful.

Visited September 2013
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Droitwich, United Kingdom
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“Benedictine calm and charm”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

I am not generally one for guided visits, but on this occasion we did choose one in order to be able to visit more of the abbey including the cloister. The guides are young volunteers, staying au pair at the abbey for a few weeks, so don't necessarily expect much more info than is in their scripts if you have questions about the long and chequered history of the site.

Visitors can wander at will (a donation is suggested), or pay a few euros for a guided tour (I think we paid 4 each). I've suggested 2-3 hours to enjoy a full visit, but if you only have time to pop in briefly and absorb a little of the atmosphere, do take the chance to do so.

NB the restored refectory is only viewable on the 'jours de Patrimoine' apparently.

The setting in the delightful village is beautiful (reminding me a little of Maulbronn) and the site as a whole impressive and atmospheric, very different from nearby Jumièges but equally worth a visit.

It is still a working Benedictine monastery, with some 30-odd monks going about their business of prayer and work, hence not all areas can be visited, although serious researchers and those seeking retreat can make advance arrangements, as can groups wanting guided tours. I'd love to be let loose in the library! Visitors are asked to respect the rule of silence within the monastery.

There is a monastery shop http://www.boutique-saintwandrille.com/ which is worth a browse (if only for the eclectic selection of CDs and some excellent monastic produce!)

Visitors are welcome to join services in the new abbey church, a former barn which was moved to the site in 1967 and converted to its current use, & dedicated in 1970. It is open to visitors between services.

If you have time, pop into the parish church of St Michel just opposite the abbey gates.

Visited July 2013
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Akranes, Iceland
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“Charming old abbey surrounded by beautiful nature”
Reviewed 4 August 2012

Old and very fascinating buildings, quiet and calming atmosphere, one of the most beautyful benedictian prayers I ever heard. Great monastery shop. You won´t foregt this ever!

Visited September 2011
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Placerville, California
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Time tested abbey”
Reviewed 12 July 2012

I really enjoy the several hours spent in this Abbey. Established in 668 it has experienced many reincarnations. The quiet is encompassing. I was able to stroll the grounds on my own for a bit and it felt like the buildings absorbed all the sounds. A mixture of stone, wood, and composite buildings sit in the delightful meadow. The stream and grazing animals make you feel removed from the town and road just over the swell. Interesting little gift shop with local goods was refreshing. So much history here and the guided tour saw worth it.

Visited August 2011
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