La Charente Maritime
5 minutes pour découvrir la Charente Maritime
The Hermione Construction Project

The Hermione in 2014: the year of the greatest challenges!

Come and see the Hermione in water in its new dock!

An amazing challenge!

In the centre of the former Rochefort Arsenal, just steps away from the Corderie Royale, discover and be part of this dockyard spectacle, a unique experience in France: the Hermione construction project. The project site represents an incredible technical and human challenge: to reconstruct a wooden ship using all the original shipbuilding techniques, and then, once the frigate is completed, to sail in it across the Atlantic to Boston, just as Lafayette did in 1780…
65 metres long, with 3 masts, you can observe in real time, the work of the carpenters, woodworkers and blacksmiths…

More activities after the visit

 To go home with a souvenir of this magnificent construction project, don’t forget to pay a visit to the Hermione Shop. Then, with your imagination fired with a sense of adventure, take a pleasant walk through the gardens of the Corderie Royale along the banks of the Charente River.
Tour of the Ship 
 The construction site is open to visitors every day so that you can see the artisans at work.
Guided tours lasting 1hr15 minutes are available every day. As these tours are limited to a maximum of 18 people, it is essential to pre-book in advance on line: or at the Hermione construction site ticket office (subject to availability).
Children under 6 are not admitted and people who wish to take the tour must be physically mobile.
The Hermione-La Fayette Association
If you wish to support the Hermione construction project, you can subscribe to the Hermione-La Fayette Association (either via the association’s web site or by requesting an enrolment form at the reception desk or by telephone).


Opening hours

• 15th February to 11th April: 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-6pm
• 12th April to 5th September: 10am-7pm
• 12th November to 31st December: 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-6pm
• Ticket Office closes 30 minutes before the times shown above.  
• From 6th September to 10th November, the Hermione will be doing sea trials and will not be in Rochefort. A computer navigation system will be set up, so that you can follow

Hermione’s adventures live (free access).  
• Closed in January and on 25th December
• In July and August: self-guided visits – actors and a guide will be available throughout the tour route.

Ticket prices

Advance bookings: Tel: +33 (0) 5 46 87 81 40
Tour of one site:
Adults: 9 € - Reduced rates: 8 €
Children aged 6-15 yrs: 5 € - Children under 6: Free
Disabled persons: 5 €
Family ticket: 23 €

Combined tour – 2 sites (Corderie + the Hermione)
Adults: 16 € - Reduced rate: 15 €
Children aged 6 – 15 yrs: 9€ - Children under 6: Free
Disabled persons: 7 €
Family ticket: 41 €

Tour of the interior of the Hermione– Guided tour of the interior sections of the ship. Reservations are compulsory for this special visit and can be made on our web site:
Adults: 16 € - Children (6-15 yrs): 6 €
Subscriber + 1 companion: 8 €
Children under 6 not admitted. Good physical mobility required.
Group prices (at least 15 people)
1 hour guided tourof one site 
Group price (at least 15 people)
Adults: 7€ - Schoolchildren: 4€


Association Hermione - Lafayette
Arsenal Maritime
Place de l'Amiral Dupont
Tél. : 05 46 82 07 07



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