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Abbey discovery centre

  • Abbey discovery centre
961 route de l'Abbaye

A renovated former monastic farm housing an interpretation centre with 650m² of exhibition space: displays on the monks’ daily life; links between the Abbaye d’Aulps and the Savoie; the unexpected story of its final destruction; and medicinal plants

The Aulps Abbey was founded at the end of the 11th century in the heart of the Chablais pre-Alps, at an altitude of 800m. The monks who lived there were encouraged to join the Cistercian Order in 1136. Before long, the abbey became one of the most powerful monasteries in medieval Savoy. The church was largely destroyed in 1823 and until 1998 the grounds were used for farming. The Aulps Abbey's 3-hectare estate houses the church facade and ruins, the cellars, gardens, porch and above all the renovated monastic farm, which opened in 2007 and houses the Visitors' Discovery Centre. This centre - unique in France - gives a vivid idea of the daily routine of monks living in a mountain abbey in the Middle Ages. The abbey's gardens are also a focus for visitors, with a flourishing botanical garden (herbularius) and a vegetable patch (hortus).

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From 15/12/2016 to 15/06/2017, daily between 2 PM and 6.30 PM.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

From 16/06 to 15/09/2017, daily between 10 AM and 7 PM.

From 16/09 to 31/10/2017, daily between 2 PM and 6.30 PM.

  • Mountain location
  • Close to a public transportation

From 15/12/2016 to 15/06/2017
Group adults: 5.20 €
Group children (6-16 years): 2.80 €
Adult: 6.50 €
Child (6-16 years): 3.50 €.

From 16/06 to 15/09/2017
Group adults: 5.20 €
Group children (6-16 years): 2.80 €
Adult: 6.50 €
Child (6-16 years): 3.50 €.

From 16/09 to 31/10/2017
Group adults: 5.20 €
Group children (6-16 years): 2.80 €
Adult: 6.50 €
Child (6-16 years): 3.50 €.
Group rate available for > 20 people.

Payment method
  • Bank/credit card Bank/credit card
  • Cheque Cheque
  • Cash Cash

Equipment & comfort

  • Lift
  • Bar
  • Toilets
  • Car park
  • Restaurant
Adapted Tourism
  • Hearing disability
  • Mental disability
  • Visual disability
  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
  • Activity
  • Children's entertainment
  • Concert
  • Product tasting
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Entertainment evenings
  • Shows
  • Theatre
  • Handicrafts workshops
  • Educational visits
  • Coach access
  • Motorhomes allowed
  • Themed tour
  • Shop
  • Set down on-site for groups
  • Booking of general amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Guided tours

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Aulps abbey guided visit
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Aulps abbey guided visit

Every Wednesday throughout the summer, you are invited to visit the Discovery Centre and its different spaces with a guided tour led by a monk straight out of the Middle Ages.