Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches, Villedieu-les-Poeles

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For a look into the ancient craft of bell-making, visit Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches. The foundry uses techniques employed since the Middle Ages and centuries-old equipment to make bells for some of the most renowned buildings in the world, including Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Tours run daily, showing bells in various stages--from molds to finished products. You can also see an exhibit of antique bells, as well as a gift shop with bells to take home. To visit Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches and other attractions in Villedieu-les-Poeles, use our Villedieu-les-Poeles holiday planner.
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  • Our gite host recommend we visit and I'm so glad we did. Charming entrance with small garden, we were greeted by an english speaker receptionist - I inquired about a tour in english and she said... 
    Our gite host recommend we visit and I'm so glad we did. Charming entrance with small garden, we were greeted by an english speaker receptionist - I inquired about a tour in english and she said...  more »
  • This isn't a museum, but a working foundry, so it's grimy, hot and space is tight. It's the real thing! The commented visit is interesting and well explained. It shows the whole production cycle of.....  more
    This isn't a museum, but a working foundry, so it's grimy, hot and space is tight. It's the real thing! The commented visit is interesting and well explained. It shows the whole production cycle of.....  more »
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  • We received a private tour in English ( only English speakers to show up for the tour slot), and the guide was very good, the tour very informative —not sure what the one star reviewers are complaining about. The price is reasonable, compared with similar tours we’ve taken. The gift shop has beautiful items, most made right at the foundry. Authentic copper cooking pans are not cheap—but there are few more typically French, practical and long lasting souvenirs that you could purchase. The staff were super friendly and helpful—even gave us a great recommendation for a lunch place.
  • This is a worthwhile place to visit. This is a working foundry that makes 100 bells a year some of them quite large. The guided tour is informal and extremely informative about the history and process of the foundry. Well worth the €8.50 entrance fee.

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