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“Stunning setting”
Review of Fort La Latte

Fort La Latte
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Plevenon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Bridgend, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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“Stunning setting”
Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

Have wanted to go to this castle for some years now and it didn't disappoint. The castle is a little off the beaten track and thankfully not commercialised.

After a steeply sloping approach path, we were rewarded with a view of this lovely castle, balanced on the edge of the cliffs overlooking the sea.

The castle itself is quite small, but carefully restored with lovely medieval herb and flower beds within the walls. The views from the towers are impressive and well worth making the effort to visit.

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Herentals, Antwerpen, Belgium
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“A highlight of Brittany”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

Fort La Latte was constructed in the thirteenth century by the family Goyon de Matignon. Keep and living quarters date from the first half of the fourteenth century.

In 1597 the stronghold was captured and heavily damaged by the troops of the catholic duke of Mercoeur. Only the keep survived unscathed.

From 1689 onward Louis XIV had the fortress restored and significantly modified in order to accommodate several gun batteries.

At present visitors can explore Fort La Latte with the help of several information panels or take part in an excellent guided tour (lasting about 45 minutes). A leaflet with its history is for purchase at the ticket office.

We warmly recommend a visit to the Fort for the following reasons :

Gwendal proved an outstanding guide, kind an knowledgeable, with a passion for the subject. He illustrated the basics of fortification and siege with the help of the buildings on site, familiarized us with the layout of the Fort and provided interesting background about its turbulent history. Questions were welcome and answered with a smile.

The Fort has some original features which I had never seen before in any other castle, like the keep with its conic roof or the oven to heat cannon balls.

The Fort in itself is very picturesque and its gun terraces and keep offer fine views of the surrounding bays.

Visited June 2014
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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“A dream of a castle”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

We visited Fort La Latte, as it was the location of a favourite film of ours ('The Vikings' 1958) but this is a magical place, even if you don't know the movie. The castle is on a headland, and constructed of pink granite, which, on a sunny day, makes an amazing picture, against the the distinctive, emerald coloured, sea. Access is relatively easy - it certainly isn't as scary as Tintagel, in the UK - but the climb, to the small observation turret on the top of the keep is only for the sure footed, and certainly not for the faint-hearted! Good souvenir shop, fabulous views. We would recommend it to anyone who is even reasonably mobile.

Visited June 2014
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“Dramatic Perch over the Ocean”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

Fort La Latte is on a dramatic site on a spit of land overlooking the ocean, near Cap Frehel, Brittany. There is a half-mile path from the parking lot to the fort itself, and a nominal admission charge. Be aware that the bathrooms are at the parking area, and there are none at the fort. The fort is fun to tour, and there are ramparts to climb on, cannons to see, and lots of picturesque ocean and rocky views.

Visited May 2014
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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“More than we bargained for!”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

This was a fantastic fort, with lots to see and do. The views were spectacular, masses for children, although we were just a couple visiting. A huge history and impressive place to visit.

Visited May 2014
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