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

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4.3/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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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  • 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 st...  read more »
  • We were already coming 10 years ago and wanted to show the place to our daughter. The guide was lovely, the explanations were brief and Kudos to those who have understood the first time! Certainly, we enter a workshop but could not be cleaned, made a little nice and neat. In 2006, it was better: best atmosphere, best visit. Too bad.
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  • Way for years next to Villedieu, I finally stopped by! And I'm not disappointed. The tour is very well done with clear, understandable explanations for any age. I wish, however, do it during the week to see the artisans at work. I recommend this activity, somewhat short of it's true (approx. 30 / 35 min). During the week, I assumed that the visit is can be a bit longer to observe the working methods.
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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.
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