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Ambronay Abbey

A jewel of the Benedictine heritage, the Abbey of Ambronay is one of the destination's must-sees.

Rich in a centuries-old history, the abbey was founded during the reign of Charlemagne by Barnard, an officer turned monk. Little by little, the growing monastic community developed the abbey which was equipped with numerous buildings and defensive towers. A later 15th century cloister completes the abbey: today it remains an example of Flamboyant Gothic style architecture. Hidden by the foliage of trees in a peaceful park, the abbey invites you to stroll from discovery to discovery.  


An international festival

Once a year, the Abbey still resonates with sounds that recall the life of the monks of yesteryear during the Ambronay Baroque Music Festival. This festival is internationally recognized for the quality of the artists who perform there. Musicians confirmed or in the making, they are the meeting place for the Indian summer of the territory

New in 2021 Escape Game

Discover the secrets of the Abbey. Your objective is to save the abbot imprisoned in the dungeons of the Tower before the Dauphinois execute him! In the highest room of the Archives Tower, you will have one hour to search for clues and solve puzzles in order to free the abbot.  

From 11 years old. Per group of 6 people max.

Reservation required, places limited.


Adult rates

From € 5 to € 7

Children rates

From € 3 to € 5

Free tour

All year round (winter: 9 am-4pm / summer: 9 am-6pm).


Self-guided visit

with digital tablet

5 €

Ambronay Cultural Meeting Center

Place de l'Abbaye - 01500 AMBRONAY Tel. 04 74 38 74 00 -

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