Villers Abbey

Abbaye de Villers - Abbatiale Abbaye de Villers - Visite en groupe


An exceptional heritage site in Wallonia

Villers Abbey, founded in 1146, with its majestic ruins, is one of the most prestigious examples of the life of the monks of the Cistercian Order.

The vast cloister built in the 13th century is the centre of the monastery surrounded by buildings built or converted by the religious order for prayer, receptions and manual work. The Abbey reflects many of the architectural styles found in the region.

The site is regarded as one of the most complete in Europe. Not because of its state of preservation, but due to the still visible remains of all the buildings that were once part of everyday life at the Abbey.

Visit the Abbey

Discover 850 years of history and a multitude of activities to suit everyone:

  • - an individual self-guided visit
  • - a recreational course for families
  • - a generic or themed guided visit (in groups of at least 15 people) can be booked
  • - activity days for families, schools, companies and groups

The medieval style garden of the Abbey

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A medieval-style garden was created in the heart of the ruins in 2012.

It is inspired by the works of Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th-century abbess who specialised in natural approaches to health.

Discover more than 70 plants and the peaceful and particular atmosphere of this medieval garden.

Opening times

01/04 - 31/10: 10am – 6pm
01/11 - 31/03: 10am – 5pm (closed on Tuesdays)
Annual closure: 24, 25, 31/12 and 01/01.

Villers Abbey
55 rue de l'Abbaye
1495 Villers-la-Ville
T:+32(0)71 880 980

Visit the website of the Villers Abbey