Fort NationalCurrently Closed
- Address: 60 Chaussée du Sillon, 35400 Saint-Malo, France, St-malo
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +33-672466626
- Ticket Price: 5 EUR
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Landmark, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Fort
The island on which this Fort stands is called Îlette. Once, a lighthouse stood here, and an execution ground. Later, in the 17th century, under the King’s orders, they built a fort here to augment the city’s defences. In WWII, they fort was taken over by Nazis who briefly held over a hundred locals prisoner; these were later released. These stories, and other tales of military life at the fort will be narrated to you. Though it’s a famous monument, and you can visit it easily during summer, there’s not much to do here. The only way to see the fort is by enrolling in a guided tour. Call the attraction to arrange for one.
Fort National Travel Tips
- You can only visit the island at low tide.
Entrance Ticket Details For Fort National
- EUR 3 – 6-16 years of age
- Free for under 6
- EUR 4 for groups of adults
Fort National Hours
- Opening hours may vary widely from day to day and month to month. For extensive timing information, check the PDF on the attraction website.
- Largely closed October – March, with only a few open days before June.
- Guided tours, which are mandatory, last about 40 minutes.
How to Reach Fort National
- Walk to the fort at low tide.
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95% of people who visit St-malo include Fort National in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
46.45% of people start their Fort National visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Fort National
91.69% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Fort National
Fort National Reviews & Ratings
Worth the wait for the tide to go out to walk to the fort. The sand is very firm, so it's an easy walk. The rock is a bit slippery, so make sure you have good shoes on- flip flops are not a good idea (I tried and they broke and I have the cut up feet to show for it). Just be careful of those crazy tides, they rush in like a racehorse and you will be stuck until the next low tide. Same with the weather in Bretagne, it's usually a bit colder than the rest of France.
Very cool and interesting place to be. I have never seen before such a change in the tide. It is impressive how much water is gone after a few hours. The island and the fort are looking great as well. A very good place to walk around for hours or standing around and watch it sinking in the tide.
While there's not much to do there per say. Walking out there leisurely and back is quite an interesting experience. Be sure to check the tide times. St Malo is an awesome place, I hope to return someday 😊
The place is very interesting and important for understanding the history of Bretagne. The island and the fort of 1689 are located in the tidal zone. It is necessary to follow the schedule, otherwise you can get stuck there for a few hours, or even at night. Entry ticket costs 5 euros. If you are in San Malo, then you should definitely visit here. From here there are wonderful views of both the sea and the city. There are many interesting angles for photographing for memory. It must be borne in mind that in the high season there are many visitors and you will have to stand in line.
Looks great from the outside and only Eur5 entry. You only spend half hour having a little walk about. Not much going on really. You also have to walk over rocky ground to get to the entrance which is not ideal for everyone.