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Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel

A unique site and architecture.

The Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most remarkable examples of mediaeval religious and military architecture and was one of Christianity’s most important pilgrimage sites from the 8th to the 18th century.
The Abbey comprises a superb ensemble of clerical buildings including the abbey church, the cloister, the refectory, the monks’ ambulatory and the gardens of what has been known as the "Merveille"(Marvel) since the 12th century.
In summer, the Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel is best seen in all its splendour after sunset during the special “sons et lumières" shows.

Designated world heritage site by UNESCO.

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> Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet
French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Polish, Korean
Duration: from 30 min to 1 hr 30 min

> Audio-guide tour
French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Korean
Duration: 1 hr 15 min

> Lecture tour
French, English
Reservations required
Duration: 2 hrs

> Private visit outside standard opening hours
Reservation required
Information and rates :

> Evening tour of the abbey
July and August (subject to modification)

Practical information

Opening hours


Last admission one hour before closing.

From 2 January to 30 April

Open every day 9.30-18.00

From 2 May to 31 August

Open every day 9.00-19.00

From 1st September to 31 December

Open every day 9.30-18.00

Closing days

January 1st, May 1st and December 25.

During spring tides

During periods of high tidal coefficients, access to Mont Saint-Michel, and therefore to the abbey, will be affected for several days around the following dates: 
29 mars ; 30 mars ; 27 avril ; 28 avril ; 26 mai ; 27 mai ; 7 octobre ; 5 novembre ; 6 novembre ; 5 décembre ; 6 décembre


Le Mont-Saint-Michel Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel
50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel
Ph. : 33 / (0)2 33 89 80 00
GPS coordinatesLatitude : 48.6360Longitude : -1.5114Plan your route

By car

From Saint-Malo: exit n° 2, D 155 and D 797 or N 176 to Pontorson, then D 976. From Caen: exit n° 8, N 175 direction Rennes to Pontaubault, then D 43, D 75 and D 275 to Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

Something to know about

You can find shuttle buses near the parking lot. You have to pay for your parking spot during the day but it's free from 7 PM to 2 AM (except for camper vans and buses).


Useful addresses:

Le Mont-Saint-Michel Tourist Office
tel.: (33) (0)2 33 60 14 30

La Manche Tourist Board
tel.: (33) (0)2 33 05 98 70

Relais of Courtils exhibition “The Birth of the Bay”
tel.: (33) (0)2 33 89 66 00

Scriptorial of Avranches - Manuscripts Museum
tel.: (33) (0)2 33 79 57 00

Information about Restoring the maritime character of the Mont-saint-Michel