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Benedictine Abbey of Ambronay


Place de l'Abbaye
01500 Ambronay

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Opening periods

All year round, daily.


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- Free leaflet available at the reception of the Cultural Center, presenting tourist information.
- Birthdays at the Abbey for 5 to 11 year olds.
The children spend a playful and educational afternoon, conducting activities on the site. Possible all year round.
Price: 90 € for 15 children - booking required.

During the early Middle Ages, Ambronay Abbey was self-governing, answering only to Rome. From 1282 onwards, it fell under the protection of the Dukes of Savoy. The abbey became involved in the border disputes between the Dukes and the King of France. This resulted in the abbey being heavily fortified. Today one can discover the Dauphine Tower, the Archives Tower, Saint Jacques and Saint Catherine’s Chapel and the cloister which houses a magnificent renaissance staircase. One can also see the chapter room and the sacristy which were central to monastic life. The abbey is home to the Ambronay Cultural Centre which promotes religious and baroque music, with several concerts taking place throughout the year.

The abbey can be visited throughout the year and is open daily 09:00 to 18:00 in summer and 09:00 to 16:00 in winter (closed during Christmas and New Years Day). There are guided tours available in French and English.

Services & Confort

  • Educational visits
  • Coach access
  • Motorhomes allowed
  • Room hire
  • Themed tour
  • Shop
  • Set down on-site for groups
  • Tourist routes
  • Tourist brochures
  • Tourist information
  • Booking of general amenities
  • Tour free of charge
  • Guided tours
  • Ticketing in number


  • Play area
  • Picnic area
  • Lift
  • Covered picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Public WC
  • Exhibition space
  • Defibrillator
  • Entertainments room
  • Film room
  • Meeting room
  • Parking


Free of charge. Free individual visit
Group visit: please contact the persons in charge.

Moyens de paiement

Bank/credit card, Cheque, Chèques Vacances, Cash, Credit transfer

Languages spoken

German, English, Spanish, French

Facilities for disabled

  • Mental disability
  • Visual disability
  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
  • Site, building partially accessible
  • Possibility of drop-off in front of the site


  • Circuits de France_POI
  • Bad weather alternative
  • Recommended by high heat

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