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“Views and imagination”
Review of Fort National

Fort National
Ranked #8 of 61 things to do in Saint-Malo
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Built in 1689 to protect the city.
Moscow, Russia
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162 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Views and imagination”
Reviewed 1 September 2014

The fort as a museum is very small and doesn't provide much information and places to visit. You get a guided tour in French and a paper with English (and several other languages) translation of the main facts. Again, nothing much to see, but there were descriptions of several interesting episodes of St Malo history. From a museum perspective the entrance fee of €5 is quite high.
But this is not just a fee to enter the museum, but also to give some food to your imagination. Just walking around and seeing the fort, the walls, the drawbridge, the seascapes with other forts and St Malo walls, provides both wonderful views and lots of pictures for a vivid imagination - pictures of ships and sea battles, corsairs, seafarers, and other episodes of the past. The whole dependance on the tide adds to this - the fact that the fort is accessible on foot when the tide is out, and is quite far and formidable when the tide is in - adds to this work of imagination and keeps one astonished each time.
A must if you want to daydream of the seafaring adventures of the past.

Visited July 2014
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Thai first
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English first
Perth, Australia
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217 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Hornblower would live this”
Reviewed 28 August 2014

What a delight to walk out to fort national on the tidal sands especially if you have seen it when the tide is in. This perfectly preserved fort of the 1700 s is like a boys own first . Real captain and commander stuff.

Visited August 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“history”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

Good for history - cut off by the tide which was unexpected so had to paddle! 70 years since the killing of 18 people so flowers left to remember them.

Visited August 2014
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Wallingford, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely views of St Malo”
Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

From the fort there are superb views of the sea, islands and St Malo itself. Perhaps a bit pricey at €5.

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Central Coast, NSW, Australia
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521 reviews
359 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 564 helpful votes
“Worth a look”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

The tides never cease to amaze as you watch this fort completely surrounded then hours later walk across without getting wet. A great location for a photo back to shore.

Visited June 2014
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