Visit 29Visit 29
©Visit 29|Trapfocus

Guided tours from the Tourist Office

Let the stones speak...

For travelers eager to discover the well-kept secrets of our historic town, the Tourist Office offers a selection of guided tours, highlighting the different facets of its past and present. From the Knights of the Order of Malta to copper craftsmen and stories handed down from generation to generation, each tour offers a unique immersion in the history of Villedieu-les-Poêles.

Tell us more Villedieu and its history

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the history of Villedieu-les-Poêles during this captivating guided tour. From the town’s medieval origins to its industrial development in the 18th century, each era has left its mark on Villedieu’s urban and cultural landscape. Our guide will take you through the cobbled streets of the old town, revealing the fascinating stories of the inhabitants and the events that shaped its destiny. From Notre-Dame church to the bourgeois houses of rue Docteur Havard, from the old flour mill to the workshop courtyards, every corner of Villedieu-les-Poêles tells a story, and this tour invites you to discover all its hidden secrets.

Tell us more Villedieu know-how

The soul of Villedieu-les-Poêles beats to the rhythm of the hammers of the potters, the spindles and bobbins of the lacemakers, the scrapers of the tanners, the gouges of the cabinetmakers… What would our fine town be without its crafts? Since its foundation in the 12th century, Villedieu has been home to many of the craftsmen needed to keep the town running smoothly: tanners, bakers, blacksmiths, foundrymen… Later, coppersmiths and lacemakers settled in Villedieu, making it famous throughout Normandy and France. These craftsmen shaped our town, giving it its typical architecture of tangled courtyards, testimony to the great solidarity of these workers united in guilds as early as the Middle Ages. Take a stroll in the company of our experienced guide, open your eyes and discover their daily life of yesterday and their heritage of today through the architectural heritage of our streets and buildings.

Tell us more Villedieu and its knights

Immerse yourself in the medieval annals of Villedieu-les-Poêles by exploring the mysteries surrounding the Knights of the Order of Malta. On this guided tour, you’ll be transported back to a time when knights returning from the distant Crusades settled in and around Villedieu. The narrow streets of the old town still echo with tales of bravery and sacrifice. Follow your guide, Simon Tasset, as he takes you through the emblematic historic sites associated with this prestigious hospital order. From the Commanderie de l’Ordre de Malte to the remains left behind by these seasoned fighters, each stage of the tour reveals a fascinating part of Villedieu-les-Poêles’ history.

Make a date! Visits from 2024

Tell us about Villedieu and its knights: Saturday May 18, Friday May 12, Friday August 2
Tell us about the skills of Villedieu: Friday May 10, Friday July 26, Friday August 16
Tell us about Villedieu and its history: Monday July 15, Monday July 22, Monday July 26, Monday August 5, Monday August 12, Monday August 19, Monday August 26