Today is the first day of the February half term holidays in Normandy. Throughout France, holidays will last until the 8th March because different regions have alternative dates.

For visitors to Normandy, there are activities to do even though it’s not the main summer season. For ideas of what to do in winter, visit this page.

For something quite different why not visit a local bell foundry? La Fonderie des Cloches is located in Villedieu-les-Poêles in Normandy. The town is known as the copper town although other metals were also worked here. Villedieu has a rich heritage of bellfounding dating back to the end of the Middles Ages. The current bell foundry building was built in 1865.

February half term

You can watch how the bells are made and learn about the production process. Tours are available in English by prior arrangement.  Listen to the carillon bells in the courtyard and the sounds of visitors trying out other bells.

Opening Times

9 February to 11 November 2019 (from Tuesday to Saturday)
10am to 12.30pm and 2 to 5.30pm.
From 13 July to 26 August 2019 (every day)
9.30am to 6.30pm.

There’s no parking on site but you can park just a few minutes away.


Individuals : 8,40€
Children aged 6 to 11: 7,40€
Children under 6: free

Fonderie de Cloches Cornille Havard
10 rue du Pont Chignon
50800 Villedieu-les-Poêles
Tél 02 33 61 00 56
Fax 02 33 90 02 99

You can visit their website here or watch the video below.

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