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.
July and 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.
July and August: All day long tours with actors and a guide.
New and unique: visit "Au coeur de l'Hermione" Go aboard the Ship: with a guide, see the inside of a ship under construction, from the gun deck to the hold.
Visit lasts 1h30.
By reservation only call: +33(0)5 46 87 81 40 or book www.hermione.com
¤ Self-guided tour:
Adults: 8€, reduced price: 7€, children 6-15 years old: 4€, children under 6 years old: free.
¤ Billet jumelé: two sites for one ticket: Chantier de l'Hermione + Corderie Royale
¤ "Au coeur de l'Hermione":
Adult: 15€, children 6-15 years old: 5€.