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To Visit the Lighthouse

 

People with reduced mobility:

 Unfortunately, the lighthouse is not set to easily welcome people with reduced mobility. However, access to the discovery room is possible on condition of being able to cross the twelve steps at the entrance (3m wide).

 Two guides are ready to assist. The width of the inner doorway is 82 cm.

 

The visit includes two stages.

 

 

 

  1st stage. The discovery room

demonstrating techniques of maritime signal :

 

 

 

  Duration: 15 to 30 minutes, or more according to interest

Located at the base of the lighthouse, access is open to all and free of charge. A guide is continually present for advice and to carry out the demonstrations.

 You will learn about the history of lighthouses and the techniques of navigational assistance.

 From the sextant to GPS, via the magnetic compass, you will discover and even be able to test many instruments of navigation (compass, nautical celestial globe, sextant, GPS, anemometer, VHF, depth sounder, etc).

 You will also be able to try out your skill at tying sailor’s knots.

 

  2nd stage. Going up the lighthouse :

 Duration: 20 to 35 minutes, according to interest

 You must pay to go up the lighthouse. You can also rent binoculars (before going up!).

 A guide, equipped with a VHF system, must absolutely be present at the top of the lighthouse. It is cold high up, so remember to wear warm clothes.

 Going up on foot is at your own speed. You do not have to hurry.

 Small information panels decorate the stairs. In this way, you can discover the history and operation of the lighthouse by answering the fun questions.

 Once in the chart room, you can stop to rest for almost the last time, while admiring the town and port from the windows.

 After this, you can gain access to the outside balcony, using quite steep stairs. You will then be 55 metres above the waves.

 A panoramic view will be waiting to greet you. You will be able to admire the port, ferries, fishing and pleasure boats, giant catamarans, etc, as well as the town and surrounding area. In good weather, you will be able to see the English coastline.

 The guide can be recognised by his badge. Do not hesitate to ask him questions about the things you see.

 When you have seen enough of the panorama and filled your lungs with sea air, you can go back down. Again, at your own speed.

 Do not forget to leave a comment in the visitors’ book in the entrance hall.

 

 Group visits:

A maximum of 19 people, including the guide, can go up the lighthouse at any one time. For large groups, it is best to divide the visit into several smaller groups.

 For visits with children, we require the presence of an accompanying adult per five children. The accompanying adults must be responsible for each group when going up and down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  Group activities:

 While part of the group visits the lighthouse, the others visit the discovery room demonstrating techniques of maritime signal and navigational aids while they are waiting.

 We can also organise games with a maritime theme in the garden outside the lighthouse.

 Look under the heading “Activities” in the “Contents list

 

 

 

Safety : 

 

 Although the lighthouse is an ancient monument, its layout has been designed to provide the best safety conditions that are controlled by an independent commission. (Height of the railings, protective nets, non-slip coverings, extinguishers, audio system, VHF link, etc.)

 Two guides are continually present, one at reception and the other at the top of the lighthouse.

  Children are not allowed to go up alone. In the event of any kind of behaviour that is considered dangerous, the guides have the authority to take the necessary preventive measures, stop the visit and evacuate the lighthouse.

 

  Visits to the top of the lighthouse will be interrupted or forbidden by the guides in the event of violent winds or storms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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