Fort National

Relive the corsair era!
Historic site and monument, Fort, Museum, Maritime, Military at Saint-Malo

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  • Saint-Malo’s national fort was designed by Vauban and is one of the defensive treasures of the corsair city.

    The Fort can be reached at low tide from Saint-Malo’s ‘grand plage’ (main beach), opposite the castle. Worth a visit in its own right, the Fort also accommodates a museum that recounts the military events connected with the building, as explained by a guide. Children can browse through a free educational booklet on the topic. The Fort was built in 1689 on an island not far from the town ramparts, by the engineer Siméon Garangeau, following plans drawn up by Vauban. Once a royal fortress, it went on to become part of the Saint-Malo bay area’s circular defensive fortifications, which stretched from Fort La Latte to La Varde point. In 1817, the fort was the setting for a memorable duel between the French corsair Robert Surcouf and 12 Prussian officers, while in August 1944, 380 locals were locked up by the Germans, without food, for six days.
  • Spoken languages
    • de*
    • English
    • es*
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  • Cheques and giro cheques
  • Holiday cheques
  • Cash
  • Rates 2020
  • Reduce rate
  • Standard rate - adult full price
  • Child rate
  • From June 15, 2020 until September 30, 2020
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