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Submarine l'Espadon

Closed Now: 10:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 18:00
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Very good thing to see while in the area!

Good for a quick visit, does not take to long to tour the submarine but you get good information... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2018
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Family day out

Had a great time. Lots of interesting facts and staff extremely helpful with our son who has a... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2018
catherine k
Berlin, Germany
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The French submarine Espadon ("swordfish" in French) is open to visitors inside the fortified lock of the harbour of Saint-Nazaire. This 78-m long submarine was built in Le Havre and launched in 1958 before taking up service in 1960. During its 25...more
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12 rue de la Forme Ecluse, 44600, Saint-Nazaire, France
+33 2 28 54 06 40
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Interesting real life museum experience. The information in the headset was not completely synchronised.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

This is more than a museum, it’s like a virtual reality experience of being in different areas of French ocean liners. And you don’t just go through the first class sections, but see how the people In second and third class travelled as well. From...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LVSteven
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Good for a quick visit, does not take to long to tour the submarine but you get good information throughout. Not the easiest location to get to. Staff were nice and friendly, speaking a variety of languages. Audio tour offered via headset, submarine exhibition inside...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

Submarine visits was so popular that we came back as soon as it opened one morning to make sure we got in. When we first went we were told we'd probably be queuing for at least an hour before getting on, not the best idea...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Katkatkat76
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

Had a great time. Lots of interesting facts and staff extremely helpful with our son who has a broken leg.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank catherine k
Reviewed 20 August 2018

While I am not sure this is a pleasant experience, it is definitely one of the most interesting things that I did on my holidays and the immersion into a submarine really does allow you to visualise what life would be like for a submariner....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Suzy F
Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

What a perfect little trip for a rainy day on holiday. We took our 10 and 11 year old to visit this relic and they loved it as much as their parents. So cool to be able to take an audio guided tour around a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Nathanashman
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

I went over half a century without setting foot in a submarine and then have been in two in two months. The previous was at Chatham dockyard in Kent, England and that was a guided tour. This is a self-guided tour with an audio guide...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank metroace
Reviewed 13 November 2017

Visitied this place and it is facinating to see how people lived on the submarine for months on end. There is an audio guide that everyone gets and you need it really to understand what is going on. The space inside is quite cramped and...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

This process could easily be re-engineered to make the experience more comfortable and enjoyable. The submarine itself was very interesting and the audioguide was very informative. The French submarine service is a fairly uneventful story. A retired Nazi U boat would be a more fitting...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Kevin D
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