One of France’s most visited cultural attractions, the Abbaye du Mont St. Michel has an extraordinary history which starts as far back as 709 when Bishop St. Aubert built the first main church on the site, fulfilling the instructions he received in a dream from St. Michael. That same year, a tsunami caused the mount to be turned into an island, leaving us with a spectacular pilgrimage destination which attracts around 2.5 million visitors annually. The Abbey has gone through various transformations, having been subject to a siege, fire and then turned from a monastery into a prison, in which none other than writer Victor Hugo was an inmate. Now a UNESCO world heritage site, a visit to Le Mont St Michel will allow you to explore not only the Abbey itself, but also the monastery and church buildings as well as the historic feudal city outside its walls.
The Abbaye du Mont St Michel is open every day except 1st May, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. It’s open from 9am until 7pm from 2nd May to 31st August and from 9.30am until 6pm during the rest of the year. Note that last entry is one hour before closing time. The Abbey is located on an island and so you have to observe the tides when crossing over to Mont St. Michel. You can find out the tide times here. The general admission price for an adult over 26 is €9 while those who are under 26 and are an EU-citizen can enter free of charge. Please note that you can only buy tickets at the entrance.
Why not take advantage of Mont St. Michel being open all year round? You may find you have a more peaceful experience if you visit during low season.
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If you are planning to visit the Abbaye du Mont St Michel in Brittany, you’ll find plenty of things to do and see near to the monument, including: the historic city centre of Brittany, the ramparts of nearby St. Malo or the stunning Chateau de Fougères. If you’d like a slice of nature during the trip, head to the Jardin du Conservatoire Botanique National in nearby Brest.
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