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Fort des Dunes

Wartime memories, Historic, Museum in Leffrinckoucke

6 Full-fare
  • This 19th century fort still bears the scars of the battle of 1940 and the German occupation. An exhibition tells the story of the Battle of Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo

  • With its buildings buried under the sand, the Fort des Dunes is a remarkable example of a military installation designed by General Séré de Rivières. It was built in 1878, at the same time as the Zuydcoote Battery, to protect Dunkirk and its port from attacks from the east.

    During the Second World War the Fort des Dunes was at the heart of Operation Dynamo, the biggest evacuation operation in military history, which allowed 338 000 allied soldiers to escape the Hell of Dunkirk. A hundred...
    With its buildings buried under the sand, the Fort des Dunes is a remarkable example of a military installation designed by General Séré de Rivières. It was built in 1878, at the same time as the Zuydcoote Battery, to protect Dunkirk and its port from attacks from the east.

    During the Second World War the Fort des Dunes was at the heart of Operation Dynamo, the biggest evacuation operation in military history, which allowed 338 000 allied soldiers to escape the Hell of Dunkirk. A hundred or so soldiers died under the intense German bombing and among them was General Janssen, commander of the 12th Motorised Infantry Division. Other dramatic events took place during the war, in particular, the execution of 8 members of the French resistance in 1944.

    After the war the fort was abandoned for many years before being bought by the town of Leffrinckoucke in 1998.
    A superb example of 19th century military architecture, it is now a cultural and heritage site as well as a place of memory devoted to the Second World War and Operation Dynamo.
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  • Spoken languages

    • English
  • Group visits

    Adult and school groups: historic guided tour. Includes the free visit of the exhibition.
  • Groups (Max capacity)

    • 30  Person(s)
Services
  • Services

    • Audio-guides
    • Seminar
    • Non-guided tour
    • Guided tours
  • Activities

    • Learning workshop
    • Lectures
  • Accessibility

    • Mobility impaired
      • People with walking difficulties have access to the inside of the building, including the exhibition rooms. Admission fee: 6€
    • Hearing impaired
      • Audioguide comments are written in French inside the Museum
    • Mentally impaired
Rates

Payment methods

  • Apple Pay
  • Bank card
  • Cheque
  • Cash
  • Eurocard - Mastercard
  • Rates
  • Adult
    6 €
  • Child rate
    3 €
  • Adult
    7 €
  • Child rate
    3.50 €
  • Free
Openings
  • All year
  • Tuesday
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Sunday
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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