Abbey-city

A spiritual and political capital, the Benedictine Abbey of Cluny radiated and extended its influence across the whole of Europe throughout the Middle Ages. Its abbey church was the largest in western Christendom, before St Peter’s was built in Rome.

Discover 3 modes of visit the Abbey

1/ CLASSICAL

Full tour of the abbey with guide-map

From the Portes d’Honneur to the Cheese Tower, including the Jean de Bourbon palace / museum, remains of the great abbey, the cloister, the flour store and the monks’cell,
+ 3 circuits to explore the medieval city (from 30 to 50 minutes) to visit the medieval city and its medieval houses. Throughout this tour you will find reading tables with more information.

> full price: 11€/pers. (entrance tickets included)
> 1€ for people under 26 years old from the European Union.
> guide-map only : 2€

For sale at the tourist office all year round (except on 01/01, 01/11, 11/11 and 25/12, in French, English, German, Dutch, Italian and Spanish).



A doubt about your sense of direction ?

Find on the streets bronze nails
representing the paschal lamb
and arrows indicating the direction of travel!

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2/ DIGITAL

NEW (end of year 2016)

Discover Clunetour, a full tour of the abbey on a screen tablet.
Digital tour with 3D views and an extensive interactive content.

> full price: 11€/pers. (entrance tickets included) + 4 € for the tablet rental
> 1 € for people under 26 years old from the European Union + 4 € for the tablet rental

Available all year at the tourist office (except 01/11, 11/11, 25/12/17 and 01/01/18) in French, English and German

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3/ GUIDED

Guided visit of the abbey and the medieval city

Daily at 10.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm
Duration 2.30

> price: 3,50 €/pers. + building entrance fees

Guided visit of the abbey

Daily at 10am, 11.30om, 3pm and 4.30pm
Duration 1.30

> price: 2,50 €/pers. + building entrance fees

Guided visit of the medieval city

Daily at 10.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm
Duration 1.00

> price : 2,50€/pers.

Valid only during the summer period - from July 1 to September 15, 2017, in French

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Opening Times

Be careful about our opening times which change according to the season (our guided-map is not available on Sundays from November to March).

Tourist office and Cheese Tower :
- April : 9.30am - 12.30pm / 2.30pm - 6.30pm, daily,
- May, june, july, august and september : 9.30am - 6.30pm , daily,
- October : 9.30am - 12.30pm / 2pm - 5.00pm, daily,
- November to march : 9.30am - 12.30pm / 2.30pm - 5.00pm, closed on Sunday,
Closed days : 01/01, 01/11, 11/11 and 25/12
Last admission to the Cheese Tower, 20min. before closing.
For those with walking difficulties, the tower has 120 steps!

Abbey church and museum of Art and Archaeology (Jean de Bourbon Palace) :
Self-guided tours or guided-tours, daily (except 01/01, 01/05, 01/11, 11/11 et 25/12)
- April, May, June and September : 9.30am - 6pm,
- July and August : 9.30am - 7pm,
- October to March : 9.30am - 5pm.
Last admission 1 hour. before closing

Discover the interactive map of the abbey-city

Contact :

Office de Tourisme de Cluny
6 rue Mercière - 71250 Cluny
Tél : +33 (0)3 85 59 05 34
contact@cluny-tourisme.com


Discover all the other visits in Cluny :

Jean de Bourbon Palace

The Jean de Bourbon Palace houses the Museum of Art and Archaeology and is a rare example of a flamboyant Gotic style manor house, with its vast reception rooms decorated with monumental fireplaces. It is home to remarkable works of mediaval sculpture from Cluny, taken from the burg and the abbey itself.

Don’t miss the scale model of part of the Great Portal of Cluny III (tympanum, lintel, arches, jambs), a masterprice of Romanesque sculpture, and its accompanying digital film. The old library holds some rare prints, inherited from the Cluniac library.

From the Palace the visitor accesses the belvedere square of the great abbey church, the remains of its narthex, five naves and the great abbey courtyard between the Saint Hugues hostelry (11th century) and the Palace of the Pope Gelasius (entrance to the Monk’s enclosure).


More information

Services : Library, Shop

Equipments : Film projection room

Speaking languages : French, German, English

Opening hours :

Open all year except 01/01, 01/05, 01/11, 11/11 and 25/12. April, May, June and September, open from 9.30am to 6pm. July and August, open from 9:30 am to 7pmh. October to March, open from 9:30 am to 5h. Careful last admission 45 minutes before closing.

Prices :

Base rate - full rate adult : 9,5€
Gratuities :

Contact :

  • Palais Jean de Bourbon

  • 71250 CLUNY
  • Phone : 03 85 59 89 99
  • E-mail : accueil.musee@cluny.fr

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The great abbey church restored

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Founded in 910, Cluny abbey radiated over Europe troughout the Middle Ages, with its 1400 cluniac sites. Still today the restored remains and the monastic buildings bear witness to this search for gigantic size...
The restored remains of the immense abbey church and building spaces dating from the 18th century were highlited in 2010, inviting visitors to rediscover this unique place. A 3D film complete the visit and show the majesty of what was once the greatest church in Christendom.

The National Monuments Center offers various visitors tours to discover the abbey year round :
- unaccompanied tours ’with visitor documents available in French, English, German, Italian and Spanish),
- tours with commentary (every day, French)
- tours with audio-guide (French, English, German, Italian)
- tours made to measure for groups : conference tours, activities for school children, tours or worksops, special tours.

More information

Services : Shop

Equipments : Film projection room

Activités : Specific theme activities, Junior workshop, Conferences, Temporary exhibitions

Speaking languages : French, German, English

Tourisme et handicap : Hearing handicapMental handicapMotor handicapSight handicap

Mallette pédagogique multi-sensorielle, maquettes tactiles avec inscriptions en braille, visite guidée en LSF sur demande, livre "Sens Itinéraire" réalisé en braille et gros caractère, consultable gratuitement à l’accueil et vendu à la boutique, comptoir d’accueil, cartels et sanitaires adaptés à l’accueil des PMR et le personnel est formé à l’accueil des personnes en situation de handicap.

Opening hours :

Open all year except 01/01, 01/05, 01/11, 11/11 and 25/12. April, May, June and September, open from 9.30am to 6pm. July and August, open from 9:30 am to 7pm. October to March, open from 9:30 am to 5pm. Careful last admission 45 minutes before closing.

Prices :

Base rate - full rate adult : 9,5€
Group rate : 7,5€
Gratuities :

Contact :

Tour des Fromages


The Tower, once part of the wall surrounding the abbey, used to be called “tour des fèves”, will allow you to keep unforgettable memories of your visit to Cluny.

From the top of the tower, you can discover an extraordinary panorama on the abbey-city
and also a photography exhibition presenting the arievements of Friends de Cluny heritage association.

Possibility of free visit with Clunetour digital tablet!

Entrance by the tourist office.

Consult the opening hours of the tourist office which can vary according to the season.

More information

Services : Shop, Play area

Equipments : Film projection room

Speaking languages : French, English

Opening hours :

Open according to the timetable of the Tourist Office.

Prices :

Base rate - full rate adult : 2€
Child rate : 1,5€
Gratuities :
Other rate : 2€
Special rate : 11€
Group rate : 1,5€
Children's group rate : 1€

Contact :

  • 6, rue Mercière

  • 71250 CLUNY
  • Phone : 03 85 59 05 34
  • E-mail : contact@cluny-tourisme.com
  • Website :

Hôtel-Dieu

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It was built with the whole beginning of the 18th century under the impulse of the Cardinal of Bouillon, abbot of Cluny, according to a simple and functional architecture for its time with a main building housing the chapel in the centre and on either side the two sick wards and a wing in the south sheltering the common buildings.

It is resulting from the old hospital institutions clunisoises going back to the Middle Ages and from the creation of l’ Notre-Dame hospital in 1627 following the legacy of Julien GRIFFON, priest in Cluny.

During your visit, you can discover :
The chapel :
- with the remarkable elements of the mausoleum which the cardinal of Bouillon wished high in the large abbey church about 1710,
- various movable elements coming from the abbey of Cluny from which some were saved by the hospital nuns of Sainte-Marthe during the Revolution,
- the remarkable fresco by the artist Camille Chaimowicz.
The room Saint Lazare, old room of the men:
- with its woodworks and its furniture,
. an exposure window containing of the pilot elements of passed of the institution
. an exposure window containing of the objects and religious ornaments, as well as many relics and in particular the elements of the stick of Saint-Hugues of 10th or 11th century.
The south aisle, (visiting only in guided visit) with :
- the board of directors’ room decorated with a number of paintings,
- the Empire style Apothecary presenting an interesting collection of earthenware.

Prices :

Other rate : 2€

Contact :

  • Hôpital de Cluny

  • 71250 CLUNY
  • Phone : 03 85 59 59 59
  • Phone : 06 38 62 24 32
  • E-mail : julien.griffon.1625@net-c.com
  • Website :