- Architectural heritage
- Religious heritage
- Vegetable garden - medicinal plants
- Museum & discovery
The Villers Abbey, built in 1146, now in ruins is a stunning witness of how the Cistercian Monks lived. The site is considered one of the most complete in Europe as it features remains of all the buildings used daily.
The building reflects several architectural styles in favour through time in Wallonia. After a second golden time in the 18th century, the abbey was pillaged in 1704 and the monks abandoned it in 1796.
Conclude your visit with stopping at the abbey's microbrewery and vineyard.
Visiting the Villers Abbey
Visit the estate with the free brochure or audioguide for adults (available in English, French, Dutch and German).
At the heart of the ruins are 5 fantastic gardens: the Jardin des Simples (inspired by the medicinal garden used by monk in Middle Ages), the Jardin des Moines (a modern medicinal garden), the Jardin de l'Abbé (a French style garden), the Jardin de la Pharmacie (a 10 acres ornamental garden on the hill) and the Jardin des Senteurs and its meditative path (follow this scented path all the way to the Saint-Bernard chapel).
Many activities are organised throughout the gardens during the year, as well a musical shows and theatre play.
The abbey's tactile slate
"Slates" (modern digital ones!) are lent to the visitors. Augmented reality makes the experience interactive, allowing children and adults to see the abbey differently. Fictive characters present parts of the estate, let you see what the site was like in the past and give you access to a wide variety of details.
Visitors with specific needs
The Villers Abbey is one of the many sites certified by Access-i (meaning with facilities or/activities adapted to travellers with specific needs). You will find more details on the website to plan your visit.
April 1st to October 31st: 10 am to 6 pm
November 1st to March 31st: 10 am to 5 pm
- Credit cards accepted
- Outdoor catering
- Indoor catering
- Library or document centre
- Educational service
- Visitor guide for groups
- Mobility translation booth
- Training materials provided
- Car parking
- Cycle rack
- Common bathroom