Must-see places in Avranches
The ScriptorialMuseum of the Manuscripts of Mont Saint-Michel
The Scriptorial will take you on a surprising journey to discover its ancient manuscripts. From Egyptian papyrus to digital books, via hand-written and printed books, the museum guides you through the history of writing. As you walk around the 10 exhibition rooms, you’ll learn about how the authentic Mont Saint-Michel manuscripts were made. The interactive visit includes models, multimedia displays, texts, visual documents and films, and is suited to all ages.
Practical information: the Scriptorial is open all year round, except in January. Visits take around 1.5 to 2 hours.
The jardin des plantes
Avranches boasts a magnificent Jardin des Plantes. Situated on a hill, this park offers a superb view of the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel. The 12 different areas of the park are enchanting all year round, and include a camellia garden, a hydrangea garden, a cherry blossom meadow, an alley of lime trees, a copse of maples, and a gunnera pond.
Tip: take a picnic, sit down on one of the benches at the viewing point and admire Mont Saint-Michel in the distance!
Practical information: free admission, open all year round
With its eventful past, the former bishopric of Avranches has some remarkable religious heritage. Among the must-see buildings in the town, be sure to visit the Saint Gervais Basilica to see the treasure it holds: the relic of Saint Aubert.
Notre Dame des Champs church, with its two towers and two pipe organs, and Saint-Saturnin church are also worth a visit during your trip to Avranches.