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Abbey discovery centre

Interpretation Centre in Saint-Jean-d'Aulps
  • 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...
    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).
  • Tips
    MULTI PASS ACTIVITY | Unlimited access on presentation of the Multi Pass (for pedestrians only)
  • Environment
    • Mountain view
    • Close to a public transportation
    • River 5 km away
    • Village 2 km away
  • Spoken languages
    • English
    • French
  • Documentation
  • Groups (Max capacity)
    • 50  Maximum number of people
Services
  • Accessibility
    • Hearing disability
    • Mental disability
    • Visual disability
    • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
    • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
  • Activities
    • Botanic trail
    • Handicrafts workshops
    • Permanent exhibition
    • Temporary exhibition
    • Entertainment evenings
    • Shows
    • Theatre
    • Activity
    • Children's entertainment
    • Concert
    • Product tasting
    • Botanical
    • Calligraphy
    • Geology
    • Paintings graphic arts
    • Bee-keeping
    • Plastic arts
    • History
    • Virtual reality
  • Equipment
    • Restaurant
    • Meeting room
    • Car park
    • Bar
    • Defibrillator
    • Exhibition space
    • Lift
    • Toilets
  • Services
    • Educational visits
    • Coach access
    • Motorhomes allowed
    • Room hire
    • Themed tour
    • Shop
    • Set down on-site for groups
    • Tourist brochures
    • Booking of general amenities
    • Restaurant
    • Guided tours
    • Dining area
    • Free choice of caterer
    • Family Reception/drinks reception
    • Seminar/meeting
Rates
Payment methods
  • Check
  • Cash
  • Contactless payment
  • Rates 2024
  • Adult
    7 €
  • Child
    3.50 €
  • Group adults
    5.60 €
  • Group children
    2.80 €
  • Free and unlimited access with the Multi Pass card
Openings
  • From January 1, 2024
    until March 31, 2024
  • From April 1, 2024
    until June 14, 2024
  • From June 15, 2024
    until September 15, 2024
  • From September 16, 2024
    until September 30, 2024
  • From October 1, 2024
    until October 31, 2024
  • From December 15, 2024
    until December 31, 2024
  • Monday
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    Closed
    -
  • Sunday
    Closed
    -
  • Monday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Thursday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Friday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Saturday
    Closed
    -
  • Sunday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Monday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sunday
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Monday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Thursday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Friday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Saturday
    Closed
    -
  • Sunday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Monday
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    Closed
    -
  • Sunday
    Closed
    -
  • Monday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Thursday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Friday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Saturday
    Closed
    -
  • Sunday
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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