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“Interesting Sub Museum”

Flore Submarine base
Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Lorient
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Waterford, Ireland
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Interesting Sub Museum”
Reviewed 29 August 2011

Very interesting and set in the back drop of the WW2 U-Boat repair pens in Keroman.

Probably the easiest submarine walk-through museum for those with difficulty getting about - there are stairs in and out of the submarine but it is not so restricted inside as you would expect.

English audio tours are available.

Try and go when it's quiet so you can spend more time taking it in without having to jump out of the way of people who are simply rushing through.

Tip - you can purchase this ticket as part of a package with the rest of the attractions in the Base de Sous Marins area

Visited August 2011
8 Thank mfw100
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2011

Arrived at the booking office, it all looked a little complicated with various tours and various combinations of tours but the english speaking rep helped us through it. Travelled with two children (5 & 7yrs), who we thought would be bored but were facinated with the guided tour and enchanted by the charming tour guide who spoke very good English.

Until you see it and realise what went on here and what it took to build, run or defend such a huge system, the German War Machine was quite incredible.

There is a slight spookyness about the submarine pens and as this is the largest U Boat base in all of France it is definatley worth a look.

Allow at least 4 hours for your trip.

Parking is free in a very big car park.

There is a restaurant.

Kids loved the Submarine.

The Sat Nav didn't recognise the road it was on (part of the address) and the post code puts you on the other side of town.

Visited August 2011
8 Thank AB-the-Fox
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A surprisingly fantastic trip that we are still talking about”
Reviewed 26 April 2011

Visited this Sub base with 10 year old son, 8 year old daughter...husband was the only one looking forward to it...but it was truley interesting and fascinating. The lay out, the shear size and the power it once was..the fantastic way the history of harbour and the 2nd world war and therefore the history of Loient was was presented interested us all. There is a super multi media presentation on the Cold War which captivaed the kids and educated me ...let alone going into a real submarine. Once you arrrive youll be given a time slot to enter the complex so if you are heading there on a rainy day try to be early. if you have been to Brittany before and looking for something different go even if it is not raining !That was our 5th visit to South Brittany but first there and it really shed a new light on the area for us.

Visited August 2010
11 Thank woosk
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Dallas, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“pretty impressive”
Reviewed 24 January 2011

This old German submarine base is pretty impressive. It is difficult to imagine the size of the buildings and the thickness of the walls without actually seeing it. You can park your car and just walk around between the buildings. There is also an actual submarine that you can visit up close. It’s huge! On the grounds are also a museum of sailing, the Cite de la Voile, and a cute bar/restaurant, La Base. There are some pics on my blog if you are interested: www.countryskipper.com.

Visited December 2010
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Surrey, UK
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“If you liked Das Boot, you'll love this place”
Reviewed 8 September 2010

Flore submarine base was a the main North Atlantic U-Boat base during World War 2 and became a NATO submarine base thereafter.
It still has the huge concrete blockhouses that protected the anchorages for the submarines and which you can do guided tours around.
It has a French Navy diesel electric submarine that you can go inside and an audio-visual history plus a submarine escape training area.
I thought it was excellent, having seen Das Boot and could appreciate the history of the place. The size & scale of the blockhouses is very impressive. The audio-visual area was quite goodas was the submarine.
My kids, 6 & 8, both quite liked it, though did get a bit bored towards the end. The tours are on an hourly basis so you need to check the website and plan your times etc. The blockhouse tours are only on certain days (& we missed that.)
There's a nice bar/restaurant by the harbour if you need to waste a bit of time anyway.

8 Thank EcoMan67
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