Vue aérienne de l'Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay

Vaux-de-Cernay Abbey

Situated in the heart of Rambouillet forest, the Abbey of Les Vaux de Cernay is an enchanting spot brimming with history, which is today a great place to relax and unwind.
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  2. Museums and monuments
  3. Monuments
  4. Vaux-de-Cernay Abbey


Founded in the early 12th century, the Abbey of Les Vaux de Cernay quickly became very prosperous and gave rise to other abbeys including that of Port-Royal des Champs just a few kilometres away.

It was managed by influential abbots, who were friends and advisers to the kings of France. In the 15th century, the abbey was pillaged by armed bands and gradually lost its shine until being completely abandoned after the French Revolution.

More than eight centuries can be discovered on the site. By purchasing the estate in ruins in the late 19th century, La Baronne de Rothschild made it possible for the former cloister, the reading room, the mill and the chapter hall to be brought back into use.

We can still admire the church’s rose window and part of the nave in addition to the monks’ room from the 13th century and its ribbed vault. After you’ve discovered the estate in the company of the tour guide, why not extend your stay by spending the night in this setting brimming with history? The bedrooms and suites featuring a unique decorative scheme are perfect for a magical and extremely romantic break. For its part, the gourmet restaurant offers a real treat for your taste buds.

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Domaine des Vaux de Cernay
78720 Cernay-la-Ville

    Days and opening hours

    All year round, daily.


    • 8 €
    • Adult: from 8 € Child (5-12 years): from 4 €. Free entry for children < 5 years. Group rate available for > 10 people.


    • Toilets
    • Public WC
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Meeting room
    • Parking
    • Coach parking


    • Room hire
    • Wi-fi
    • Restaurant
    • Guided tours
    • Takeaway/cooked dishes


    • Temporary exhibition
    • Entertainment evenings


    Spoken languages

    • French

    Documentation languages (home)

    • English

    Single mean time tour

    90 mins

    Single services tour

    • Unguided individual tours available permanently
    • Guided individual tours available permanently
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