Description: Villedieu-les-Poêles is a very popular tourist destination having grown up around the copper and brass industry. There are a number of different workshops, foundries and museums around the town that make for a pleasant afternoon visit.
Location: Just off the A84 about 25km north of Avranches in the SW of Normandy.
Copper workshop: Adult €6*, children €4.50*. Open daily in summer but closed Sundays at other times.
Bell foundry: www.cornille-havard.com; €6* adults, €4.50* age 6 – 12; Open daily in summer but closed Sundays/Mondays at other times.
Our recommendations: Don’t buy your copper or brass in the foundries/workshops unless you want the authentic thing. There are much cheaper options in the plentiful tourist shops on the main street.
For the children: In the bell foundry (Fonderie des Cloches) there are plenty of bells for them to have a go at ringing!
* prices are subject to change so please check with the provider for latest information
Here’s more information to make the most of your visit to Normandy:
- Chateaux / Gardens
- D-Day Sites
- Food & Drink