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Flore Submarine base
Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Lorient
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Cork Ireland
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128 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2012

We visited on 30 May. It was difficult to find in the Dock area; there was a sign saying no through traffic which confused me.The great concrete mass of the German base towers above you and is protected by mesh wire as it appears bits are falling off. There are 2 parts to the visit. The first part describes the experience of Lorient during the occupation and the lives of the submariners. There is haunting music and incidental noises that throw one back to that time and plenty of artifacts such as sonar with all the ancient valves, periscopes etc. There are plenty of illustrations. The second part of the visit describes the cold war (60's) life on board the French submarine, Flore. One can go through each compartment of this submarine but you are warned not to touch any buttons switches etc. It is a great visit in this part of part of Brittany not far from Le Pouldu where we had a most enjoyable stay.

Visited May 2012
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Salisbury, Wilshire
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25 reviews
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“Shame it wasn't a Sunday!”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

We visited the base on a Tuesday and got to see the exhibition and submarine but all other sections are only open on a Sunday! I suppose I should have done better homework before going!

Visited March 2012
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Shropshire, UK
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“really interesting visit - ideal for not-sunny weather”
Reviewed September 5, 2011

We were staying in Benodet and went here on a rainy/cloudy day. We booked an english tour of the U-boat docks (started at 12, and we arrived at 10 so went to the Geant supermarket cafe before heading back for the tour). It was really interesting, and lasted 90 minutes which was a little too long for our 3 boisterous boys (5, 7&10), but they still got a lot from it. You get to go to the top of K3 where the view of the harbour was great, and the guide spoke English very well, and you learnt what modifications the Germans did to the area when using it as a U-Boat base.

We also booked to go on the submarine tour at 2pm - you see a wall of slide shows with english text expaining the history of L'Orient as a naval base each one deals with a different period of history, then a hands on museum type experience in diff sections as if you were on a submarine, then you go in the submarine itself (there's a set of stairs to ascend into the submarine at one end, then you descend from the other end at the end of the tour), and you get an English audio guide, which is also really intersting when combined with being on the submarine. Thy must only book so many people for each time - we were all waiting in the shop before we got the go ahead to start the visit of the submarine attraction - I would recommend staying in the first two parts of the attraction first (you can sit on a seat and look at each slide show before moving onto the museum bit) - this way when you get onto the submarine you're right at the back of the party of people looking at it and don't feel pressured to move onto the next section before you're ready (and the audio guide starts up for each section of the submarine you enter). Us and a family of four were at the back of the group, and it made a difference when on the submarine itself - felt like you had a viewing just for you.

There were also other attractions to see, but you need to buy a ticket for each separate attraction (You can also just walk around the base without buying a ticket, but you wouldn't get much from the visit).

Would recommend as a place to go when the weather isn't sunny.

Visited August 2011
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Waterford, Ireland
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“Interesting Sub Museum”
Reviewed August 29, 2011

Very interesting and set in the back drop of the WW2 U-Boat repair pens in Keroman.

Probably the easiest submarine walk-through museum for those with difficulty getting about - there are stairs in and out of the submarine but it is not so restricted inside as you would expect.

English audio tours are available.

Try and go when it's quiet so you can spend more time taking it in without having to jump out of the way of people who are simply rushing through.

Tip - you can purchase this ticket as part of a package with the rest of the attractions in the Base de Sous Marins area

Visited August 2011
8 Thank mfw100
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Reviewed August 24, 2011

Arrived at the booking office, it all looked a little complicated with various tours and various combinations of tours but the english speaking rep helped us through it. Travelled with two children (5 & 7yrs), who we thought would be bored but were facinated with the guided tour and enchanted by the charming tour guide who spoke very good English.

Until you see it and realise what went on here and what it took to build, run or defend such a huge system, the German War Machine was quite incredible.

There is a slight spookyness about the submarine pens and as this is the largest U Boat base in all of France it is definatley worth a look.

Allow at least 4 hours for your trip.

Parking is free in a very big car park.

There is a restaurant.

Kids loved the Submarine.

The Sat Nav didn't recognise the road it was on (part of the address) and the post code puts you on the other side of town.

Visited August 2011
8 Thank AB-the-Fox
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