In the forest of Lyons, come and listen to the history and the legends related to the first Cistercian abbey.

Founded in the 12th century by Henry Beauclerc, Duke of Normandy, King of England and William the Conqueror's 4th son, Mortemer Abbey is now a historic and heritage site open to visitors. Nestled in a small peaceful valley, the monastery was severely destroyed during the 17th century; only the main house, the cloister's northern gallery, the farm buildings and the beautiful dovecote are still visible today. In the basement, an innovative display brings the history of the abbey back to life and brings up the legends and ghosts that are said to haunt the place...

Inside the abbey, you can see a water basin dating back to the 12th century. It is Saint Catherine's Fountain whose magical water is said to enable young women to find a husband within the year…

Spoken languages

  • French
  • English


  • Average duration of the individual visit: 120 min
  • Average duration of the group visit: 60 min
  • Group reception from 25 person(s).


Park open from March the Ist to September the 30th from 11am to 6pm (self-service entrance between September and April).
The Museum of Legends and Ghosts, the Bachelors' Fountain and the furnished flats are open from 1 April to 31 August every day from 1.30 pm to 6 pm (guided tours every 45 minutes).


Type Price
Base rate - full rate adult 8,50 €
Child rate 6,50 €

Means of payment

  • Carte bleue
  • Postal or bank cheques
  • Cash
  • Contactless payment



  • Toilets
  • Free parking
  • Bar, cafeteria, tea room


  • Shop

On-site activities

  • Junior workshop


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