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Tickets for Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel

A medieval must-see on a French island

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Multilingual guided visits are available (check the schedule at the entrance)
Opening hours
May - August: 09:00 - 19:00, September - April: 09:30 - 18:00 (last admission is one hour before closing)

Highlights

  • Visit one of the most important places of medieval pilgrimage, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site on a tiny island off the coast of Normandy
  • Get a free guided group visit and explore the rooms and towers, take in panoramic views, and see where Archangel Michel has been worshiped since 708
  • See Europe's greatest tidal variations - as much as 15 meters in six hours, from a 13th-century religious compound

Description

It looks straight out of a fantasy film - as if dragons might swoop down as you enter. But you haven't stepped into a parallel universe - you've just discovered the Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel. This astounding World Heritage Site lies just off the rocky coast of Normandy. It's a medieval must-see! Explore 20 rooms, stunning gardens, and get panoramic views of the sea and sky.

Le Mont Saint-Michel is a small island commune in Normandy, and the Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel is most definitely its crowning glory, looming over it all like a big stone soldier as the waves crash on its rocky shores. The worship of Archangel Michel first occurred in this spot in 708 AD, making it 'the' place for a medieval pilgrimage.

In the 10th century the Benedictine monks realized its importance and promptly set about building a proper abbey here. In 1874 the abbey was listed as a historic monument; this was after the monks said their goodbyes in 1790. It draws as many crowds today as it did hundreds of years ago - thanks to its airy interior and majestic position.

With over 20 rooms and spires and towers looming over the town below, there's plenty to explore. You can also join a guided group for free - just ask when you arrive and you'll be placed in a group for a tour.

As you walk around the abbey, take the chance to watch the tide roll in and out (it has Europe's highest tidal variations, swelling and dropping as much as 15 meters in as little as six hours). Reaching the summit of the abbey will reward you with unbelievable panoramas; you'll feel like the king of a French castle. Or the abbot of a French abbey.

How to use your tickets

Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont-Saint-Michel
  • Enter via the ‘Ticket Holders Line’ and show your smartphone ticket at the entrance
  • There's no WiFi at the venue and the mobile coverage there is quite poor, so make sure to download your tickets beforehand

What's included?

  • Entrance to Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel
  • Transportation

Good to know

Opening Hours

  • May - August: 09:00 - 19:00
  • September - April: 09:30 - 18:00
  • Last admission one hour before closing

Getting There

  • The closest train station is Pontorson. It can be accessed via the train lines TGV from Paris Montparnasse to Rennes or Dol de Bretagne, then a coach from Rennes or Dol de Bretagne to Mont Saint-Michel
  • Trains from Paris Saint-Lazare to Caen, then a TER train from Caen to Pontorson, then the shuttle bus from Pontorson to Mont Saint-Michel
  • Trains from Paris Montparnasse to Granville, get off in Folligny and get another train to Pontorson, then the shuttle bus from Pontorson to Mont Saint-Michel

Insider tip

In summer you'll find concerts and other cultural events at the abbey.

Becky
Tiqets Copywriter

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Customer reviews

Jens, Germany
May 26, 2017
Ticketing for the Abbaye worked really well. We recommend to get in either really early or really late to avoid the big tourist streams. Forget about the stores and other museums and focus on the ascend and the Abbaye as main attraction (which takes at least 2 hours - we can only recommend taking one of the very good guided tours which are included into the entrance fee) and the bay. If you have enough time to cross the bay walking with a guide it is a unforgettable experience as well.
James, United States
May 15, 2017
Limited dining options in the evening during the week.
jirawat, Thailand
May 14, 2017
easy and convinient
Michael, France
May 11, 2017
No dogs allowed on shuttle. Had to walk 4 miles.
Jeffrey , United States
May 9, 2017
The monastery of Mont Saint Michel is the highlight of a very touristy location. Buy your tickets ahead of time on line and download them to your phone. As you approach the front gate from the causeway, vere left through the other gate. Follow the driveway up to the steps and keep heading up Hill. It's only about 350 steps up!!😉 The chapel is plain, in a simple pure way and yet spectacular in dimensions and visual weight. We saw the conclusion of a service. The peaceful look on the sisters faces said they were at peace with the world.
Surrounding the island at low tide are miles of sand flats. There were groups in various stages of hikes to a neighboring island. We hope they had time before the next tide.
If you are adventurous, and the tide is out, hike to the small chapel at the waters edge for a unique adventure.
katarina, United States
May 6, 2017
Great place to visit! The abbey and mont were both extraordinary. Would recommend to any traveler in Normandy and Brittany. Not a busy day so the reserved tickets were not necessary, but it still made the check in process at the abbey go smoothly.
Patricia , United States
May 4, 2017
It is a unique and beautiful place - breathtaking at times. It staggers the mind to contemplate the industry and dedication that went into its construction. The Abbeye was one of the highlights of our visit to France.
Clyde, United Kingdom
Apr 30, 2017
You will simply not find anywhere like this in the world. Truly magical. Visit at night too if you can.
Michelle
Apr 29, 2017
The Most Magical and Amazing Place!
carlos, Mexico
Apr 18, 2017
really nice place; however, i expected more.