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Awesome structure

The submarine base is a huge reinforced concrete structure. It was much bigger than I expected, and... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2018
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Monument to immovable concrete

We were touring the UK and came across some memorial plaques in Falmouth harbor that had been... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2018
Joseph B
Perth, Australia
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  • Very good53%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“u boat”(5 reviews)
“day trip”(2 reviews)
“gift shop”(2 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Boulevard de la Legion d'Honneur, 44600, Saint-Nazaire, France
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 30 October 2014

When I was about 10 years old I holidayed with my family in La Baule. We had a day trip to the submarine pens and I can vividly remember standing an gazing at them as my Dad told us all about the U- boats and...More

6  Thank rideauman
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 14 May 2016

This place is truly remarkable a frozen snapshot of time when the world was in turmoil. The german WW2 submarine pens are just as they were in 1945 quite a lot of information relating to the cruelly efficient german submarine fleet and bomb proof pens....More

2  Thank Walter F
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Reviewed 13 September 2018

The submarine base is a huge reinforced concrete structure. It was much bigger than I expected, and you are free to roam around most of it. If you go up on the roof you can see why the RAF had such a problem trying to...More

1  Thank Pjaway
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Husband was excited about the Tintin trail but we didn't expect the scale of this structure. Highly recommend that you take the time to wander around on the roof and appreciate how the town have taken this ugly structure to make something good and beautiful!

Thank Suzy F
Reviewed 14 July 2018

We were touring the UK and came across some memorial plaques in Falmouth harbor that had been donated by the people of France for a group of sailors and commandos who carried out a daring raid on some locks in the Nazi held port of...More

Thank Joseph B
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

The submarine base is a huge reinforced concrete edifice, which seems to have survived pretty much by accident - it is only since the turn of the century that the town has started to develop the area for tourism. Bits of the base have now...More

Thank Ursosarctos
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

The uboat pens are hard to miss as they somewhat dominate the town. Not all areas are accessible as some bays have been repurposed as a museum a venue and a gift shop. You can still get a sense of the scale and purpose of...More

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 9 December 2017

This is somewhere I have wanted to visit for a long time as it is a well known base from WW2. The sheer scale is amazing and to know the pounding it took from allied bombs in WW2 and it still stands today. Quite a...More

1  Thank traveller123456277
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Felt a bit disappointed with the pens, having visited many of the other major WW11 sites the construction of the pens is amazing but no U boat. The only submarine here is a French one from the 70's. I'm sure a lot more could be...More

Thank keithhd888
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

For those who have read 'Das Boot', the novel about a German U-Boat, the submarine pens in Saint-Nazaire are a backdrop at the beginning and end of the novel. They are a massive memorial to war and include displays on the arrival of US forces...More

2  Thank tomwO6177GV
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

This was quite the u-boat repair facility endeavor by the Germans. It's bay after bay of repair facilities--worth walking the whole length. That French resisters attempted to blow it up is commendable and of course, doomed because of its immensity. Brings history alive. Well worth...More

Thank Feenixwest
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Very interesting and thought provoking not just the buildings but the history of the place. And it's free!

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