You are staying in Caudebec-en-Caux (76490) or in one of the neighboring towns, or you are cruises and your boat stop in Caudebec for the day, and you are looking for a circuit to discover the Bec-Helluin abbey and the most luxurious castle of Normandy : Champ de Bataille.
Departing from Caudebec, Bec-Helluin abbey, Castle of Champ de Bataille, back to Caudebec (10 hours)
Notre-Dame of Bec-Helluin abbey in the Eure (27), Normandy
Photo : © Abbey of Bec-Hellouin
The private castle of Champ de Bataille in the Eure (27), Normandy
Photo : © Eric Sander
The maritime bridge of Brotonne spans the river Seine upstream of Caudebec-en-Caux, Seine-Maritime (76), Normandy
Photo : © Transversales-Transports.fr
You select below in the first drop-down menu :
- The Tour "Caudebec, Bec-Helluin abbey, Castle... (10 hours),
- You select then Caudebec-en-Caux as point of departure,
- The number of people : 2 minimum, 4 maximum.
- The date on which you wish to book your tour,
And you book online !
Other towns that have the same postal code than Caudebec (76490) for which this tour / rate is valid :
Anquetierville, Louvetot, Maulevrier-Sainte-Gertrude, Saint-Arnoult, Saint-Gilles-de-Cretot, Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Haie, Saint-Wandrille-Rançon, Villequier
- Attention to the duration of the circuit between brackets in the title,
- For Cruisers held by a return schedule, it is this return schedule that will govern the departure time of Champ de Bataille, knowing that it takes around 60 minutes of transport (excluding July / August),
- When you have selected all the options of the first screen, by clicking on "See price", you will arrive at a description of the tour chosen previously. As long as you do not click a second time on "See price" (you are still in step 1 of the booking process materialized by the line above "Select Service Type"), you can still change all the options that you wish.
- If you stay in Caudebec-en-Caux or in one of its bordering communes and want to leave directly from your place of residence, you will find later during the process of reservation a field entitled "Additional Information": use it to specify your exact starting point (as well as your place of return whether different in the municipality of Caudebec-en-Caux and neighboring).
- If you are fond of itinerant holidays, you can be dropped off in one of the communes of the described tour for the same price. You can leave your belongings in the vehicle with confidence during visits.
See you soon onboard our vehicles !
We will leave Caudebec-en-Caux by the Brotonne maritime bridge which spans the Seine upstream of Caudebec-en-Caux, to take the direction of the South, and more precisely of the Risle Valley, in the Eure department (27). The Risle is a tributary of the Seine, 145 km long which has its source at 275 meters above sea level upstream of L’Aigle, in the department of Orne (61).
Photo : © Transversales-Transports.fr
Once at the junction with the Bec, a tributary of the Risle, we will branch off for the abbey Notre-Dame of Bec-Helluin, since it is built on the edge of this watercourse.
The optimised itinerary in transport time to visit Notre-Dame of Bec-Helluin abbey and the Castle of Champ de Bataille is as shown here under.
Picture : © Google Maps
Photo opposite : © Abbey of Bec-Helluin
We will go up the Risle valley until its connection with the Bec, a tributary of the Risle, at the edge of which is the village of Bec-Helluin. In addition to being known for hosting a famous abbey, it is also known for being the holder of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" label. Perhaps a short walk after the visit to the Abbey ?
The first church and its outbuildings of the Notre-Dame du Bec-Hellouin abbey, initially built in 1034 "a little too much" near the Bec river, its permanent occupation, including during the wet seasons, was in undeniable insalubrity. In the century of its foundation, it eventually migrated a few hundred meters to a place suitable for its permanent occupation, and did not move.
The fame of the abbey was mainly due to a man of the church, who came specially from Italy to take responsibility for the development of the nascent abbey : Lanfranc de Pavie who was later replaced by one of his disciples, another Italian from Aosta, Anselm of Aosta, so called upon his arrival. It was then known as Anselme du Bec, due to the growing fame of Bec-Hellouin Abbey. Then he ended up being called Anselm of Canterbury, when he became Archbishop of Canterbury Cathedral in England. [Then Doctor Anselm by Pope Clement XI a few centuries later (1720)]. As Archbishop of Canterbury, he replaced in 1093... Lanfranc de Pavie appointed by the Norman Duke William the Conqueror in 1070. The teaching of the Bec school as initiated by Lanfranc de Pavie was not based solely on scriptures and religious practice. Many subjects were taught there under the names Trivium and Quadrivium. Trivium : grammar, rhetoric and dialectic ; the Quadrivium : arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy. Of course, literature also occupied a prominent place in the lessons given.
It is precisely this very broad teaching, which cheerfully went beyond the extremes of the classical religious teaching of the time, which allowed the development in such a short time of such renown at the national, even international, level (Germany, Flanders, Italy, England), the Powerfuls of the time sending their children to a renowned education… and largely financing the works of extension of the abbey at the same time.
It is not less that what we call today in France, the "French soft power".
Photo : © Eric Sander
The Castle of Champ de Bataille is one of the most imposing castles built in France in the 17th century. Built by a banished from the royal court by Cardinal Mazarin for treason, the Count of Crequi-Bernieulles, this castle was supposed to remind him of the splendors of the Court that he would never know again. The works lasted 12 years (1653-1665). The only plans that have survived through time are those of part of the gardens, plans attributed to Le Notre.
In the absence of office at the royal court, the Count of Crequi-Bernieulles died in debt in 1702, without direct descendants. The castle AND the debts fall to his nephew who resells it for the first time. After several owners, it fell in 1754 to the d'Harcourt family and more precisely to the Duke of Beuvron. He undertook major restoration work and made it his main home. By repurchase of dismemberments during successions, the Duke brings the area of the property to 1,400 hectares ! This castle will remain in the family until the French Revolution, during which time it will be looted and vandalized, the Duke of Beuvron having had to flee to the North to ensure his safety.
On the death of the Duke of Beuvron in 1797, another period began with multiple owners and a new period of decay began. It will not end until... Follow the tag here under to read more about this castle.
Have a good walk through the 50 km of paths traced through the park !
The departure from the Castle of Champ de Bataille will take place at the latest when the gates are closed, except for Cruise Passengers who have a specific return schedule on their boat. It takes about an hour by road to reach Caudebec, outside summer time ( in general mid july / end of August).
The castle of Champ de Bataille closes end of October till mid April every year !
What is included in the price: :
- The different waiting times during the visits and the lunch break within the overall package. You can leave your stuff in the vehicle without fear. Or take them back according to your needs throughout the day. The driver does not leave the vehicle.
- Return to your starting point or any other point in the departure city, as you wish.
- the rental of vehicle (s) according to specified category,
- road expenses,
- the driver guide,
- individual water bottles,
What is not included in the price :
- paying visits. All visits of this circuit are chargeable. Bec : 6 € / adult ; Champ de Bataille : 31 € / adult (see below)
- lunch break.
Additional Information :
Link for rates in Bec-Helluin : 6 € / adult
Link for rates in private castle of Champ de Bataille : 31 € / adult ( 16 +) - reduced rate between 12 and 16 - free for less than 12
Remark : you can not buy a ticket for the castle only. This is why the visit of the castle occupies the whole afternoon. No one regret later...