Visiting Mont Saint-Michel is a unique experience but it can sometimes be complicated with a baby. Indeed, Mont Saint-Michel is known for its many steps and its steep paved streets. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips to help you make the most of your visit!
Rent a baby carrier for my visit
So that you can enjoy your visit freely and without the burden of a stroller, you can rent a baby carrier! The rental agency Mont bébé offers 3 models of light and comfortable baby carriers from birth to 23 kilos for 15€ a day.
There are 3 ways to book:
- by booking on our online sales site. You can pick it up on the day of your visit at the Tourist Information Office in Pontorson, just 7 km from the Mont Saint-Michel parking lots!
- by reserving directly at the Pontorson office, by telephone or e-mail.
- by coming directly on the day (subject to availability).
When to enjoy Mont Saint-Michel more calmly?
Mont Saint-Michel is a destination that attracts a lot of people all year round, but particularly during the summer season. Venturing in during peak hours can be complicated with a baby. Indeed, the Mont is known for its many steps and narrow sloping streets. This can make it difficult to get around with a baby when it’s busy.
But then, when should you go to avoid the crowds? We advise you to go at 2 moments of the day:
- If you’re an early riser, going early in the morning, around 9 a.m., can be a good idea. This will allow you to enjoy the peace and quiet before the arrival of more visitors!
- Another alternative is to go at the end of the day, after 5:30 pm. Indeed, a lot of visitors start to leave at this time of day.
Some days are also busier than others. In fact, you’re likely to see more people from Sunday to Monday. We therefore advise you to visit on other days of the week!
Furthermore, if you wish to visit the Abbey or the museums, getting there early will also be a good idea to avoid the crowds. For more information on the Abbey’s opening hours, the museums within the Mont or the shuttle bus, please consult the news and the practical information.
Some useful services
To get to Mont Saint-Michel, you can take the Shuttle bus from the parking lots. No worries, if you have a stroller, you’ll be able to board the shuttle with it!
You don’t want to be burdened with your luggage during your visit to the Mont, or drop off your baby’s stroller (because you’ve taken our advice and rented a baby carrier!). It’s possible to do just that, thanks to the 24/24, 7/7 locker service. You’ll find two different ones at a cost of €2/luggage:
- The first one is located in the parking lots of the Tourist Information Centre building, open all year round.
- A second one in the Cour de l’Avancée at the entrance to the medieval village, opened from April to September.
The lockers are 35 cm wide and 47 cm deep. There are 3 different heights: 48 cm, 61 cm and 92 cm.
Whether you are inside or outside the walls, you will find baby-friendly toilets at your disposal. Inside the walls, these are located in the entrance courtyard of the medieval village, and are equipped with a changing table. Outside the walls, at the Tourist Information Center, you’ll find a free toilet with baby facilities, opened 24 hours a day.
For more information on our access map and services.
What to do around Mont Saint-Michel ?
Once you’ve visited Mont Saint-Michel, there is still plenty for the family to do! From walks to wildlife parks and beaches, there are plenty of options to choose from. We’ve selected a few:
The Villecartier forest
Located in Bazouges-la-Pérouse, in Ille et Vilaine, the Villecartier forest is perfect for a family day out. Whether you’re visiting the Récré Nature family leisure center or strolling through the forest, you’ll never be bored. With the little ones, you can enjoy a ride on the water thanks to the miniature port. You’ll also find the “à vous de jouer” toy library, offering a wide range of games and toys.
Our friends the animals
No matter the age, animal parks are always a pleasure to visit. Just 40 minutes away from Mont Saint-Michel, you’ll find the Champrépus zoological park. It’s a great opportunity to spend some quality time with the family and to please young and old!
If a day of bad weather strikes during your stay, you’ll have the chance to visit the Saint-Malo Aquarium. With 600 different marine species, this aquarium is sure to interest the whole family!
Whether it’s in the afternoon to enjoy the sun or in the evening to watch the sunset, the beach remains a vacation must! The area around Mont Saint-Michel offers a wide range of beaches: from Saint-Jean-le-Thomas to Jullouville, not forgetting Cherrueix to Saint-Malo, there are plenty to choose from!