Cluny audio tour: Monks, Merchants and Medieval Architecture: Exploring the Village of Cluny

Monks, Merchants and Medieval Architecture: Exploring the Village of Cluny

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

Stroll through medieval Cluny, a quaint French village with more Romanesque houses than the whole of England! It might be known for its impressive abbey, but the monastic village that developed around the monastery has just as much to offer visitors.

On this walking tour, I’ll share with you the early history and development of the village, from just a few dwellings around the Abbey to one of the spiritual centres of Europe. We’ll explore houses from several chapters in history, where I’ll point out the details hidden in the facades, and tease out the stories of former inhabitants.

We’ll meander along tiny alleyways, pass gorgeous squares, and marvel at some of the majestic buildings that once represented the village’s illustrious past. Find out the secret history behind the Cheese Tower. Take a peek into Cluny’s lovely gardens, and meet the cast of characters, from abbots to merchants, that breathed life into this charming village far from the bustle of Paris.

Allow an hour for this walking tour as there is much to see along the way!

Tour Producer


Claire Matrat

When I was 15, I visited the Abbey of Cluny with my parents. The guide was a fascinating man and on leaving I said to my parents: "I want to be a guide and I want to live here". For all this time, my job has been a real passion and it has been 32 years that I have been showing visitors from all over the world to Burgundy.
I feel at home here and I am delighted to welcome you for a walk through the streets of this extraordinary little town.

Major Landmarks

  • Cluny Abbey

  • Le Prado

  • National stud farm

  • Greenway

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins at Le Prado, the large parking area beside the main road, near the tourist information office.

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Places to stop along the way

At the end of the visit, go and visit the abbey. During the tour, if you see an open door, don't hesitate to have a peak!

Best time of day

You can do this tour all year long. If you come on a hot day, I advise you to do the tour in the morning.


Be careful with high heels because there are a lot of cobblestones in the streets!


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Monks, Merchants and Medieval Architecture: Exploring the Village of Cluny