Keroman Submarine Base

Keroman Submarine Base, Lorient

Keroman Submarine Base
4.5
Military Museums • Speciality Museums • History Museums
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Tara K
Dublin, Ireland55 contributions
Terrific tour
Jul 2019
Very good tour the dry docks were very interesting . What was really good was the way they they had the original metal, blocks and signs. Overall a SUPER experience.But there were three down sides. Some tours are given in French only, so you have to be careful about the time you book if you wish to have an English tour. There were a lot of stairs so it would not be suitable for wheelchairs or buggies or someone who finds it hard to climb stairs. At the top it is a bit high maybe not for people with acrophobia. The tour involves indoor and outdoor walking. Prices are: €6.20 adults €3.10 for kids and children under 6 go free. Young children could find this a bit dull.
Written 23 June 2020
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Jennifer T
La Foret-Fouesnant, France3 contributions
Interesting and informative
Oct 2019
I went with my young adult kids who are all pacifists and everyone enjoyed themselves. Parking was easy to find and right next to the site. The submarine museum just next door was super interesting and great for kids with lots of videos. The visit of the submarine museum was an unexpected surprise, the audio guide was very well done. Fantastic for kids of all ages.
Written 6 March 2020
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Geoffrey F
Plymouth, UK13 contributions
A home for submarines
Oct 2019
I enjoyed this visit very much. I did not go into the submarine pens but concentrated on the submarine museum and the French submarine itself. This is very well laid out and very informative but for my wife and I, it would have been better if the presentations were all bi-lingual. The actual tour of the submarine accompanied by a tape player is in French and English but the initial presentations were only in French.
Upon entry there is a three screen film show of the history of the site from the 1600's, unfortunately all three screens present a different era and to understand it all you need your head on a swivel.
That all said, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I have great respect for submariners of this period who underwent extreme hardship.
Written 7 October 2019
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Mark G
Ascot, UK1 contribution
Impressive WW2 History
Sep 2019 • Solo
The site is very disjointed and with a haphazard layout due to all the commercial companies using the space around the historical site. It's a bit like businesses that are under the arches of railway viaducts except this time they are inside WW2 submarine pens. I drove around the site several times but couldn't find the preferred car park or the visitor entrance. I Flfinally got parked and walked and found the visitor entrance around the back of the site. I went into the ticket building and checked pricing and it is very low cost at only about €6 to visit K3 but the next French tour was in 2.5 hours and the next English tour was in 3.5 hours so I settled with a free tour by myself just walking around the site. Submarine tour was not in operation. I walked around the outside of K2 and had a good view of K1 and could see down one of the submarine pens and I expect that K3 was pretty much the same. All in all I was quite content for a free tour by myself as I think I saw everything I wanted to see.
Written 12 September 2019
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JJJB71
DUBLIN7 contributions
Great Guide.
Aug 2019
Excellent hour and a half guided tour of this facility with very informative guide. The background and circumstances given by the guide surrounding it's construction bring this structure to life.
Written 6 September 2019
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JJJB71
DUBLIN7 contributions
Very enjoyable K3 tour.
Aug 2019
In August myself, my wife and 2 kids 11yo & 7yo did the K3 tour followed by the K2 Museum & Submarine visit. I would strongly recommend the K3 guided tour (in English). It's takes about one and a half hours and the guide Pierre was excellent and very knowledgeable. You are brought on a tour of the docks and into the huge K3 U-boat bunker. The guide gave a detailed history of the area and WW2 circumstances surrounding the construction of this Mega Structure. He also painted a detailed picture of the human side during this period. My wife even really enjoyed it, and surprisingly the kids weren't bored at all. At an extra €6 per adult and €3 per child this is definitely worth adding on to your trip before visiting the Submarine museum.
Written 6 September 2019
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michaeljonclarke
Akureyri, Iceland53 contributions
Fully booked at the submarine
Aug 2019
We went down to Lorient with the intention of visiting the submarine. Excruciatingly slow ticket desk eventually got to the table to be told that it was all booked up until Saturday but we could go to this museum after two hours. We chose this and went and had a meal. It was worth it in a way, but the guided tour was only in French. We got what was quite a good ipad audio tour but had to peek around the French guide. Still it gave us a good intro to this incredible facility and how people actually were able to get out of submarines that had sunk at 200 feet.
Written 18 August 2019
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Chaff100
Grays Thurrock, UK158 contributions
Recent history observed
Jun 2019
We had a pleasant walk around taking photos and the awe of this place. We see WW2 movies and never think of the actual structures that were created, this place oozes dominance and power. We were impressed that it wasn't destroyed but reinvented and kept alive.
Written 15 August 2019
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Jono Dennis
1 contribution
Keroman 2 submarine visit
May 2019 • Family
Unfortunately it didn’t work for us to get an English guide so we just went to K2 and inside the submarine. I was slightly disappointed not to see more of the insides of the vast structures as all we saw was where the museum is located in one end. But I suspect I could have seen more taking another tour? Altogether it is definitely worth while and fascinating to think it possible to build something like this in 7 months!
Written 16 May 2019
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Dutch-Mikey
Le Havre, France1 065 contributions
Best part of the city
Feb 2019 • Couples
The submarine base is the best part of the bombed out city. There's not that much to see in the city, but the submarine base with its 3 submarine buildings is impressive. Add to that the museums inside these buildings, plus a scattering of restaurants (one excellent), and you've got a winner.
Written 18 February 2019
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