Founded in 1228 by Louis IX – the future Saint Louis – with the support of his mother, Blanche de Castille, the Cistercian Royaumont Abbey was spectacularly restored in 2016. Now more resplendent than ever, the abbey stands proudly in the midst of a sprawling, 6.5-hectare park, that includes water features and remarkable gardens.
In need of calm? Head to the Cloister Garden; the Garden of Nine Squares, which was inspired by medieval gardens and often holds plant exhibitions; or the Kitchen Garden, which combines traditional growing methods with some experimental production modes.
A Haven of Peace and Beauty
Everything here contributes towards a sense of tranquillity and serenity. The estate has preserved the main convent buildings, which can be visited year-round by all the family. These include the Cloisters, the centre of monastic life; the magnificent refectory for the Cistercian monks, which, with its two naves and rows of Ogival arches, is the best-preserved element of the original abbey; and the romantic ruins of the abbey’s church, which was destroyed during the Revolution.
The abbey also holds artist residency programs geared towards music and dance throughout the year and a festival from late August through mid-October. During this period, ancient music, contemporary creations, new choreographies and transcultural events make the abbey’s walls and vaults resonate every weekend.
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Days and opening hours
All year round, daily between 10 AM and 6 PM.