- Shop or food outlet
- Religious heritage
- Local producer
- Guided tour and discovery
Founded in 1132, Notre-Dame of Orval is one of the most remarkable Cistercian abbeys in Belgium. This historical location is still home to a bustling community of monks and even... a Trappist brewery.
The foundations of the original site are now home to a museum retracing the history of the abbey. Destroyed during the French Revolution, the abbey was rebuilt in 1926.
Visitors can see, among other treasures, the model of Notre Dame d'Orval built by Laurent Dewez and Brother Abraham (a famous 18th-century painter)'s pictorial work.
The museum itself is divided into 3 parts: one dedicated to the architecture of the abbey through time (scale models, remnants...), another to the steel industry and the last to religious art.
The medicinal garden features plants used in Medieval times for their healing properties.
- in season for individuals
- all year round for groups, booking essential
Enchanting terroir products
Orval is known for its Trappist beer, brewed on-site and very much praised by beer lovers. he water for Orval beer is drawn from the Abbey’s own well. It is high in calcium carbonate which contributes to its intense flavor. Visitors can see the installations twice a year when the brewery opens its doors to the public.
There's more! Orval cheese is made from whole-fat pasteurized milk from the Gaume region and is similar to Port Salut. A real treat...
There is a well-stocked retail shop on site which does a roaring trade in both products.
Visitors with specific needs
Notre Dame d'Orval is part of the sites certified by the official label Access-i (meaning with facilities or/activities adapted to travelers with specific needs). You will find more details on the website to plan your visit.
Winter (November to February): 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
In between seasons (March to May, October): 9.30 am to 6 pm
Summer (June to September): 9.30 am to 6.30 pm
Afternoons in July and August + Sunday afternoons in September.
In French: 1.30. 2.30, 3.30. 4.30 and 5.30 pm
In Dutch: 2,3,4, and 5 pm
Outside these periods: for groups of 20 or more only. Booking required.
Fee for the guide: 50 €
- Visitor guide for groups
- Car parking