Most abbey or church visits for 4 year olds are painful. They either have to be quiet the whole time or walk around bored to tears. The Orval Abbey is quite the long drive down to the border of Belgium and France but is worth the drive in my opinion. Then again, I am quite partial to the Ardennes. I was truly shocked at how much fun my kids had touring the ruins. It is self guided (yay!) and numbered so, the game began. Ok, who can find number 4!!!! My husband and I were able to walk around and actually read the information while the kids went on a scavenger hunt for numbers and played princess/knight/coffee shop up ahead. Unlike a lot of ruins too, these are fairly safe. No steep drop offs or dangerous pointing things are sticking out ready to harm. There is also a nice little restaurant right before you get to the abbey where you can grab a late lunch or early dinner.

Practical Information
Website: http://www.orval.be/en/
Address: Orval 1, 6823 Florenville
Winter (Nov.to Feb.) :10.30am – 5.30pm
Mid-season : 9.30am – 6.00pm
Summer (June to Sept) : 9.30am – 6.30pm
Cost: Adults 6 Euro, Children 7-14 3 Euro, Children under 7 FREE

Know before you go
The shop sells fantastic Trappist beer and cheese. Definitely grab some of that before you head home. Also, the monks that work the front desk aren’t the friendliest and won’t smile back, don’t be offended. But the shop workers are all very helpful and nice.




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