Historic site and monument

Benedictine Abbey of Ambronay

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Benedictine Abbey of Ambronay

Abbey Square 01500 Ambronay

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Pet Friendly

We speak English

Mental disability adaptation

Visually impaired adaptation

Reduced mobility adaptation

More than 1000 years of history await you at the Abbey. Discover its gothic cloister, its defense towers, its abbey church and unlock its secrets. On a free and unaccompanied visit, on a guided tour or accompanied by a tablet, dive into the heart of history.

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The beautiful Abbey of Ambronay was founded during the reign of Charlemagne by Barnard de Romans, around the year 800. It is attached to the Rule of Saint Benedict. This lady of stone, having passed the millennium, presents a rich and fascinating history. It will become in turn: prison, barn, hospice, school, garrison building, social housing... Several parts of the building are now classified or listed as Historic Monuments.

An astonishing trajectory to discover during a visit to the site, independently or on a guided tour, organized by the Center Culturel de Rencontre (CCR). The Abbey hosts every year within its walls the very vibrant festival of ancient and baroque music of Ambronay.

Around the Early Music Festival created in 1980, an emblematic activity of the Center Culturel de Rencontre (CCR), Ambronay is developing an ambitious professional integration program for young artists and creators. It gives an important place to amateur practice and cultural action. The CCR also offers a rich and varied heritage offer and engages in-depth reflection on the relationship between culture, tourism and economy with the establishment of a seminar center and a business club. All of these activities benefit from international distribution via the record label Ambronay Éditions (more than 70 references).
Guided tours by reservation
Audio guide tablet self-guided visit: paying
Public toilets near the town hall, behind the steps leading to the abbey


    • Historical patrimony
    • Fresco / Painting
    • Well
    • Tour
    • Religious Heritage
    • Abbey
    • Chapel
    • Bell tower
    • Cloister
    • Convent
    • Monastery
    • Religious site
    • Sundial


  • Historic site and monument

Adapted tourism

  • Adapted benefits for mental impairment
  • Adapted services for visual impairment
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
  • Reserved place for people with reduced mobility
  • WC + grab bar + circulation space
  • Possibility to drop someone off in front of the site

Proposed activities

  • Manual workshops
  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Show
  • Animation
  • Children's entertainment
  • Concert


Spoken languages

  • English


  • Pet Friendly
  • Educational visits
  • Coach access
  • Motorhomes allowed
  • Room rentals
  • Theme visit
  • Shop
  • Drop off on site for groups
  • Wifi Internet access
  • Tourist routes
  • Tourist Documentation
  • Tourist information
  • Reservation of services
  • Free visits
  • Guided tours
  • Online Shop
  • Numerous ticketing
  • Privatizable


  • Public toilets
  • Meeting room
  • Parking
  • Free parking
  • Parking nearby
  • Coach parking
  • Screening Room
  • defibrillator
  • Playground
  • Picnic area.
  • Show room
  • Toilets
  • Entertainment room

Customer base

Maximum age: 99
Minimum age: 5
Maximum group size: 105


Free and free access to the church and the Gothic cloister all year round.

Digital visit: €5
Guided tours, concerts, workshops, conferences: find out more on the Ambronay Cultural Meeting Center website

With the Pass'Découvertes de l'Ain: 1 free visit with digital tablet of the Abbey of Ambronay

Payment method

  • Bank / credit card
  • Cheque
  • Classic Holiday Vouchers
  • Cash
  • Bank transfer
  • Online payment
  • Contactless payment


In winter, daily from 9 a.m. to 16 p.m.
In summer, daily from 9 a.m. to 18 p.m.

Exceptional closure on December 25 and January 1

Advice from the Office

In case of rain

Do not panic ! Here are all our sheltered activities.

On the way back

To bring back a souvenir or something to treat yourself, stock up on local products from Pérouges in Bugey.