Mont Saint-Michel: Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey Entrance

Overview

The Mont Saint-Michel abbey is an iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site that attracts visitors from around the world. It holds immense historical and religious significance, with the cult of Saint Michel being established there in 708. The construction of the abbey began in the 10th century by the Benedictine monks, and it quickly became a renowned pilgrimage site during the Middle Ages. To enhance the visitor experience, a self-guided tour is available, complete with an informative booklet that provides insights into the abbey’s captivating history. It’s a truly remarkable place to explore and immerse yourself in the past.

Highlights

Discover the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey, one of the earliest UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore this stunning historical monument at your own speed, and use an information packet to learn about the site’s rich history.

  • Explore one of France’s most recognizable sights.
  • Discover the Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey, one of the first places to be accorded UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.
  • Learn about the site’s rich history with an information leaflet, which is accessible in 12 languages.

Included/Excluded

  • Entrance ticket to Mont-Saint-Michel abbey
  • Self-guide booklet available in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Dutch, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese and Korean
  • Audio guide (€3 payable directly at the monument)
  • Guided tours (available on site)

Tour Plan

What to expect

The abbey has weathered the ravages of man, time, and nature. The mount's valiant resistance to English invasions during the Hundred Years' War (14th and 15th centuries) cemented its status as a symbol of French national pride. Monks departed the abbey in 1790, and it was designated a historic monument in 1874. The whole property has been resurrected to its former beauty owing to continuous restoration efforts.

Meeting point

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Additional Info
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Entrance is free for handicapped visitors and the person accompanying them, as well as for under 18s and visitors who are under 26 with EU ID, subject to reserving a timeslot on the Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey website
  • To have access to the monument free of charge, visitors under 18 years of age or EU citizens under 26 must show a photo ID with a picture at the ticketing station first before going to the entrance of the monument
  • The guided tour is available in French and English all year round; and in German, Spanish, and Italian in July and August
  • The visit lasts around 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Closing days are 1 January, 1 May, and 25 December
  • Opening hours are 9 AM-7 PM from May 1 to August 31, and 9:30 AM-6 PM from September 1 to April 30
  • Last entry is 1 hour before the closing time
  • Free entrance: The first Sunday of January, February, March, November and December and during European Heritage Days (3rd weekend of September each year)
Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation

  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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