Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel, Mont-Saint-Michel

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For stunning medieval architecture that is surprisingly intact and well preserved, visit Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel. You'll be amazed by the abbey's staggering architectural marvels dating back to the Roman Empire, as well as the visible time progression of this massive megastructure, which takes you on a journey towards more Gothic styles. The monastery and abbey are at the very top of the town, supplying panoramic views of the entire island and surrounding waters. You can book a guided tour or, if you prefer to wander on your own, pick up an audio guide in English. The welcome center also offers a free printed brochure that makes a great souvenir. By using our Mont-Saint-Michel trip builder, you can arrange your visit to Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel and other attractions in Mont-Saint-Michel.
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In addition to a number of small inns located within the island township of Mont-St-Michel, you can choose to stay at a larger hotel or B&B on the mainland. Providing privacy and comfort at affordable prices, family-run rural retreats also offer modern conveniences, such as satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, and secure parking. If you wish to avoid high-season crowds and explore Normandy's great outdoors at your own pace, book a spot at a campsite near this World Heritage Site island destination.
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  • My husband wanted to do this for a while, it was spectacular, special and mystical. Do get the talking guide it helps enormously explain the significance and history of so many rooms. We got there at ...  more »
  • Fantastic the approach to the island, to see the tide low and then growing. The abbaye is also great but the view is outstnding  more »
  • This is for me one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the picture of the place is fixed in our minds from numerous TV shots from the ground and the air. We didn't do any research prior to visiting ...  more »
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  • If you are in the Channel Islands, don't miss taking a hydrofoil to nearby Mount St. Michael. This is an amazing walled city that is distinctively French. Stroll the city streets, stand on the piers, enjoy the views, and wear good walking shoes. - an easy day trip
  • The sight of the city is incredible and well worth the trip. It's truly magical seeing it appear on the horizon. I found the city itself (once you get inside) a bit lackluster which is why I'm not giving the full 5 stars -- full of touristy restaurants and shops. Enjoyed walking on the mud flats around the city for additional views. Wish we could have come back at high tide to see the city as an island. Appreciated that they have made parking easy, with a shuttle out to the island.
  • Loved the tour of the church. Be sure to get a tour if possible; they are included in your admission and they go over the history of the construction as well as explaining the back story behind why it was built. The tour goes through the monastery so at the end you can't go back into the monastery without paying again, but it's still a great value and recommended. If you can time it, perhaps you can pick up a tour after a service or after wandering around the abbey. The information office should be able to let you know when the tours are.
  • Unique island setting. Historic Abbey and village. Vehicular traffic to the village and Abbey is restricted. Free shuttle buses run regularly from tourist car park to the village. Quiet tranquil place to visit. Dog friendly.
  • A wonderful place to visit, quite the trek from Paris (it will consume your whole day getting there and back). For planning purposes there are no bathrooms once you get hiking up, so use the facilities right near the entrance or at one of the eateries (you gotta buy something cuz they watch like a hawk). The views are breathtaking. I'd suggest either getting a guide, an audio tour, or read up before you go. There is so much history here, but from many different time periods. One room might be completely different from the next and you might miss those nuances. We did our visit through Paris City Vision which included transportation from Paris, lunch and a guide.