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Espace Tourville

Cultural activity, Restoration sites, Gastronomy, Woodwork in Gravelines

  • Discover the world of a naval shipyard of the 17th century

  • Situated in the port of Gravelines, halfway between Dunkirk and Calais, on the Opal coast, at the foot of Vauban’s fortifications, the craft village of Espace Tourville invites you to discover the construction site of the Jean Bart.
    A lot more than a ship, this maritime cathedral, emblematic of Louis XIV’s great navy, armed with 84 cannons, is being constructed thanks to the knowledge of the marine carpenters and blacksmiths, who are working in front of you, on the creation of this historic...
    Situated in the port of Gravelines, halfway between Dunkirk and Calais, on the Opal coast, at the foot of Vauban’s fortifications, the craft village of Espace Tourville invites you to discover the construction site of the Jean Bart.
    A lot more than a ship, this maritime cathedral, emblematic of Louis XIV’s great navy, armed with 84 cannons, is being constructed thanks to the knowledge of the marine carpenters and blacksmiths, who are working in front of you, on the creation of this historic heritage, unique in France.
    An unusual and enriching activity that you can discover alone, with friends, or with your family.
  • Environment

    • Outskirts of town
  • Spoken languages

    • English
  • Accepted customers

    • Individuals
    • Groups
  • Group visits

    Follow our guide to the heart of the crafts village, to discover it’s history and day to day workings. You’ll learn about the geopolitical context of the great European powers of the 17th century which led Louis XIV to make France one of the greatest maritime powers in the world.

    Discover how the carpenters, these builders of cathedrals, when ship plans still didn’t exist,got into the construction of these giants of the seas.From the perfectioning of ancestral knowledge to the birth of the profession of naval architect, you will learn how these great vessels have shaped the modern navy.

    From the forest to the ship, the oak undergoes several transformations and can have several uses not limited simply to naval carpentry. Buildings, joinery, firewood, traditional fish smoking are the multiple activities that you’ll discover.

    Climbing aboard the Jean Bart you’ll be able to contemplate and touch 3 centuries of history, and you’ll understand how these majestic 3-masters were built. Admiring the carpenters at work, you’ll be witnessing hundreds of years of knowledge.

    During the guided visit there’ll be dozens of questions coming to mind, so rest assured, our guides will be delighted to answer them.
Services
  • Services

    • Non-guided tour
    • Guided tours
  • Activities

    • Activities for ages 6 to 9
    • Activities for ages 9 to 12
    • Concerts
    • Tasting
    • Shows
  • Accessibility

    • Mobility impaired
      • Paved way between the different areas. It is not possible to go on board the Jean Bart with a wheelchair.
    • Mentally impaired
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Rates

Payment methods

  • Carte Bleue/Credit card
  • Cash
  • Credit card
  • Rates
  • Self-guided single adult
    7 €
  • Self-guided single child
    3.50 €
  • Reduce rate
    5 €
  • Guided visit group (per adult)
    9 €
Openings
  • From January 1, 2021
    until March 31, 2021
  • From April 1, 2021
    until October 31, 2021
  • Tuesday
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Monday
    2:00 PM
    6:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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