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

(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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  • A visit I wanted to absolutely do being on holiday in the area and after seeing stories to television. Very interesting and very clear explanations on manufacturing of a Bell, only disappointment could not attend the casting of a Bell, it wasn't the right day so much. Their gift shop is very well stocked in memories in relation to the foundry and we want to buy everything. I highly recommend this tour.
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  • This visit has delighted our group (64 persons) everything was very interesting and we learned a lot of things I recommend it with family friends or even alone
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  • Very good guided tour of this artisanal and ancestral, informative and exciting Foundry which manufactures bells of all sizes
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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.
  • I was amaze by the manufacturing of bells I can say that I not imagine that there is as much work and that the sound be as beautiful as this is the 1st time that I saw as ready. Thank you also for your welcome and for the person who serves as a guide in a Word again. Good continuation
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  • Interesting and pleasant visit on construction of bells... well explained vividly by guides who take us into the visit
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  • Short visit, but it is a heritage that is exciting and still in activity. Quite touristy
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  • Interesting
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