Fort des Dunes

Fort des Dunes, Leffrinckoucke: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Fort des Dunes Reviews: 4.5/5

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eric
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a put on the TODO list while there
Aug 2020
splendid
super audioguide for a 1€ tag ( just adding theu audio instead of reading a real plus so you can concentrate on the views pics and exhibits
magnificent views while outside who made us do a trekking in the dune during the afternoon
a great to do
Written August 23, 2020
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Vanessa S
Shrewsbury, England, United Kingdom46 contributions
No access for wheelchairs.
Aug 2019
We read about this Fort and were so disappointed that they did not have wheelchair access when we arrived. None of the group went in.
I am hoping this will be rectified in the future as it looked amazing.
Written August 12, 2019
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Richard N
Baldock158 contributions
Dunkirk Fort
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is shut on a Monday - so I don't know what it is about! There is a small French military cemetery here - and you can walk parallel to the beach (but there is a fence so you cant get into the dunes). Nonetheless it was very evocative seeing the craters and imagining the hell it was in 1940.
Written June 13, 2019
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain8,279 contributions
A great historical place. You can see a lot of bunkers!
Dec 2018 • Family
Fort les Dunes are some fortifications located in Leffrinckoucke, a little town close to Dunkirk, an important city in the 2nd World War. These fortifications are in the beach and near of it and they were built in the 19th Century by French Army to fight against Prussians. After they weee used in the 1st and 2nd World War and now it is possible to visit them. We came here with my years old daughter and we enjoyed a lot: walking and running om the sand, seeing the bunkers and other fortifications, learning 20th Century History or going inside bunkers. Really a great experience for adults and children. Also from these fortifications, you can see very nice views of the beach and the ocean. Very recommendable.
Written May 24, 2019
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Nanette132
Brisbane, Australia202 contributions
Well worth a visit
May 2019
Built in 1878 to protect Dunkirk and its port. It's buildings buried under sand are very interesting and the exhibition was a treasure trove of historical black and white photographs. During the WW11 the fort was the Centre of Dynamo Operation, the largest embarkation in history of 338 000 allied soldiers evacuated. We took the audio guided tour of the fort and grounds with great views of the north sea and dunes and hills of Flanders. There are several exhibition rooms describing the history of the buildings and events. The last exhibition room has an animated model showing how the largest boarding operation of all time took place, translated into several languages. They hold guided tours here in July and August, our combined ticket was E5 each and we thoroughly enjoyed the visit. The young lady Ines at the office was so helpful and printed out bus timetable and map to get to the nearby military cemetery taking bus 20 from outside the Fort. We arrived by C1 bus from Dunkirk and all public transport is free so enjoy your visit.
Written May 10, 2019
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Wintersnowdrop
Devon, UK69 contributions
Well worth a visit
Apr 2019 • Couples
Stopped to visit on a trip to Dunkirk as the local museum was closed. We had a guided tour and it was really interesting to learn about its history. Our guide was very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. The toilets are mixed, so beware - it's a surprise if you don't know! You need good walking shoes/trainers to cope with the slopes and steps. Shop/souvenirs were very limited. Well worth a visit and allow a couple of hours.
Written April 26, 2019
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294fraserf
Deroche, Canada25 contributions
A piece of history
Sep 2018 • Family
We spent several hours touring the Fort with it’s many years of military history. There is English translation both written and audio at all the points of interest around the different areas of the fort and grounds. The reception staff were also fluent in several languages. A great way to spend the afternoon and see the history of an area. Great view of the surrounding area.
Written October 2, 2018
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Elephantemg
Hertfordshire, UK567 contributions
Interesting visit, with a good view of the coastline and dunes the fort was protecting.
Jul 2018 • Friends
We initially visited as part of a geocaching event, then returned the following day for a proper look around this site.
We had audioguide to tell us the history and explain what we were looking at. Then we went inside for the exhibition of photos and descriptions.
The highlight was the lit-up model of the evacuation of Dunkerque - very interesting.
Shame there is not a cafe or drinks machine, just a machine for tea/coffee - especially as it was so hot.
A really enjoyable visit, with the war graves outside too.
Written September 23, 2018
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Alistair R
London, UK22 contributions
Interesting Sere de Rivieres Fort & Museum
Sep 2018 • Solo
Fort Des Dunes is a Sere de Rivieres fortification built as part of the defences of Dunkirk in 1878. It is typical of the un-modernised forts of the period, built using brick with the plentiful local sand being used to provide some bomb proof cover (several meters thick). The fort has two caponiers (one single and one double) that provide flanking fire in the dry moat. The main guns of the fort were in open emplacements on the main rampart. Originally the fort was entered via a drawbridge over the moat, through armoured doors and a long entrance tunnel (which still contains the original covered grille gates). Shortly after completion the invention of high explosive shells rendered it largely obsolete. The slightly later Fort De Petite Synthe to the south of Dunkirk was built with re-enforced concrete to offer better protection (and is superbly preserved) and turret guns. Fort Des Dunes suffered significant shelling during operation Dynamo 1940, leading to 100 casualties and damage to the entrance tunnel, shelters and gatehouse (which is still visible). After Germans troops took over the fort a radar installation, Anti-aircraft battery and ancillary bunkers were established. During the reversal siege of Dunkirk in 1945 by Canadian troops, further damage was inflicted, notably to the single caponier.

The tour of the fort includes the double caponier, barracks, ramparts and expense magazines. There is also an interesting museum about operation dynamo and the fort in part of the barracks and a small gift shop. The tour I took was part of the heritage weekend and so was free! And the staff was patient enough to try and translate some of the guides commentary and answer my questions about the fort. Well worth a visit and it is also worth taking the 800-metre north path from the fort to the coast, through the dunes to where Battery Zudycoote lies. This includes the remains of another Sere de Rivieres “Ouvrage” (or battery), much altered into a German Atlantic Wall Bunker complex. It lies abandoned, damaged and much graffitied. Some of the graffiti is exceptionally well done and surprisingly sympathetic (e.g sea creatures in vivid colours). This site is however full of potential hazards including unexpected drops, holes and inside the top observation bunker head-high metal work hanging from the ceiling. The views from this bunker are breath-taking but the site is only recommended for the wary and safe fort-explorer (wear boots, carry torch etc).
Written September 22, 2018
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Frequent T
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Very interesting tour of this old fort.
Aug 2018
Quite short but worth the visit to see some war history. Can be translated into English audio and views were stunning over Dunkirk. Near to a ww2 war cemetery
Written August 20, 2018
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