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Notre-Dame d'Orval Abbey a religious and gourmet visit

  • Orval
  • Notre-Dame d'Orval Abbey
  • Notre-Dame d'Orval Abbey
  • Notre-Dame d'Orval Abbey
  • 365
  • Shop or food outlet
  • Brewery
  • Religious heritage
  • Local producer
  • Museum & discovery

Founded in 1132, the Notre-Dame of Orval is one of the most remarkable Cistercian abbeys in Belgium. This historical location is home to stunning art collections and a Trappist beer, famous in the Ardenne region.

Set in a deep valley, this abbey is still home to a bustling community of monks.

The visit

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 in 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.

Guided tours:

  • in season for individuals
  • all year round for groups, booking essential

Enchanting terroir products

Orval is known for its Trappist beer, brewed in , 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 uses 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.

Schedule

All year round

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

Guided tours
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 €

Price

Individual

€ 6
€ 5
€ 5
€ 3

Facilities

Services

  • Visitor guide for groups

Equipement

  • Cafe
  • Shop
  • Car parking
  • Parking
  • Restaurant

Animals

    Pets not allowed

    Visites

    FR - NL

    Additional information

    Parking busYes
    Secure ParkingYes
    The information provided is an indication only. We advise you to inquire directly with the organisers of the event that interests you before you leave.