Fort Médoc

Historic site and monument


This historic defensive structure is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site

Offering easy access to Bordeaux, the Gironde Estuary has always been a coveted strategic location, and a vital defensive stronghold for the town. The seventeenth century royal engineer Vauban was tasked with the design and construction of this breath-taking defensive triptych, an unique edifice in France.

Unsurprisingly, the structure is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is made up of three defensive fortresses, designed to close the navigation channels to potential invaders: the Citadelle de Blaye, the Fort Pâté, and our Fort Médoc constitute the estuary's famous "Bolt". Since the site was constructed, the Gironde has been largely impenetrable.

In Cussac-Fort-Médoc, on the left bank, visitors discover the Porte Royale guard house, the ideal starting point to discover the site's enthralling history as part of a guided tour.

Services & equipments, comfort

  • Picnic area
  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Pets welcome

Key information

Open days

  • From 01/02/2019 to 30/11/2019
  • Languages

    • Français
    • Anglais
  • Labels & brands

    • Vignobles et découvertes
  • Means of payment

    • Carte Bancaire
    Cheques and postal orders, Cash


  • Tour languages : French, English, Spanish

Individual visit conditions :

  • Unaccompanied tours
  • Guided tour by appointment only


Free of charge
Children's price 1.00€
Discounted rate 3.00€
Basic price - full adult price 4.00€

Belongs to

Contact details

Avenue du Fort Médoc

Send an email
+33 5 56 58 98 40
+33 6 86 59 07 75


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