Not generally accessible
The Palais Bénédictine,
In the 16th century, monks were among the most educated people and their saintly experiments to produce tonic elixirs have given us some of the best known classic liqueurs. Now over 500 years old, Bénédictine is one of the most famous.
The Palais Bénédictine is the most-visited tourist attraction in Normandy. Along with the distillery, which still makes every bottle of Bénédictine sold around the world, you can tour the building and see Le Grand’s collection of sculptures, paintings and other religious art. Once adorning medieval churches and monasteries, this is one of the largest such collections in France and is housed in grandly opulent room after grand room. Amongst the relics is a book on alchemy from 1550, believed to have come from the Bénédictine abbey. The tour costs a mere €7 and includes a tasting.