In 1780, the Marquis de La Fayette sailed on the Hermione - a frigate built in the Rochefort Arsenal a few months earlier - to help the American rebels in their fight for independence.
In 1997, a new adventure began in Rochefort. Work on building a replica of the Hermione was begun at the old maritime Arsenal, on the same site as the original. The shipyard is open everyday, and is a great way to discover how craftsmen such as carpenters, blacksmiths, etc. worked in the 18th century.
January to March: everyday from 10.00am to 12.30pm and from 2.00pm to 6.00pm.
April to June and September: everyday from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
August : everyday from 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
October - December: everyday from 10.00am to 12.30pm and from 2.00pm to 6.00pm.
Closed on December 25th and January 1st.
¤ Self-guided tour:
Adults: 9€, reduced price: 8€, children 6-15 years old: 5€, children under 6 years old: free.
¤ Billet jumelé: two sites for one ticket: Chantier de l'Hermione + Corderie Royale
Guided tour :
Adult: 16€, children 6-15 years old: 6€.