Fonderie de Cloches Cornille-Havard, Villedieu-les-Poeles

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For a look into the ancient craft of bell-making, visit Fonderie de Cloches Cornille-Havard. The foundry uses techniques employed since the Middle Ages and centuries-old equipment to make bells for some of the most renowned buildings in the world, including Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Tours run daily, showing bells in various stages--from molds to finished products. You can also see an exhibit of antique bells, as well as a gift shop with bells to take home. Plan to visit Fonderie de Cloches Cornille-Havard and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Villedieu-les-Poeles attractions using our Villedieu-les-Poeles trip itinerary planner.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 souveni...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • This is a worthwhile place to visit. This is a working foundry that makes 100 bells a year some of them quite large. The guided tour is informal and extremely informative about the history and process of the foundry. Well worth the €8.50 entrance fee.
  • Campanophiles friends, this tour is for you. If you spend your holidays where a weekend to Villedieu les stoves, in the English channel (50), in Normandy, will see the Bell Cornille-Havard foundry, and if you want to buy a souvenir, you buy a Bell!
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  • Know unique and well presented! The visit is not boring and too long.
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  • Visit, well explained but the bells are too expensive to take an average.
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  • Discovery of knowledge do that can't be taught in schools and makes the admiration of a very rare manual work.
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