The Centre International de la Mer (International Center of the Sea) invites you to the Ropery, its multiple attractions and its other locations to visit. You will find here information on the different locations as well as an F.A.Q for you to see. The Royal Ropery offers the opportunity to visit using an audio-guide (and it’s free!)
Ropery A visit to the ropery will first allow you to discover its history and its purpose for the Arsenal since its construction in 1666 by king Louis XIV thanks to an 18 minutes long immersive audiovisual performance. Following this, you’ll be able to discover our permanent exhibition as well as the temporary one.
Permanent exhibition The permanent exhibition will turn you into an expert about ropes! From the cultivation of the raw material to its transformation, you’ll discover the different professions and activities that were necessary for the good functioning of the Ropery’s activity through different experiences awakening the senses: touch manipulations, image projections, edutainment machines…
Temporary exhibition Current exhibition: Du sable entre les pages (Sand between the pages) Present from 2018 until 2020 the CIM steps outside the box to offer you a unique experience: under the moonlight, discover the universe of a windswept beach through the eyes of a child. Two particular artistic fields are featured: children’s literature and animated films. The CIM presents you some authors, filmmakers and their works, all gathered around the subject of the beach and the sea in a relaxing setting, ideal for meditation and self-reflection. Contact: Mail: contact@corderie-royale Num: 05 46 87 01 90
The Hermione Embark on the replica of the famous frigate for a visit. The original Hermione ship was built in 1779 and became famous when she ferried General Gilbert de Motier, Marquis de la Fayette, to the United-States in 1780 to support the Americans in the American War of Independence against Great Britain. Its replica’s creation started in 1997 and ended in 2012. The hermione frigate started her sea worthiness trials in 2014 and made her maiden voyage to the United-States in 2015. You can visit the two decks, see the different exhibitions and workshops or embark on a guided tour with one of the crew member. The Hermione is currently on a trip for a tour around the Mediterranean and will come back to its home port on June 17th, 2018. Reservation on this website or on the Hermione’s website:
Restaurant Les Longitudes Opposite the Ropery, this building with arches used to serve as a guard room to shelter soldiers who were responsible for keeping watch over the arsenal. The restaurant offers an original lunch menu all year round (with regional dishes, seafood, etc) and welcomes individuals as well as groups (capacity of 60 people + 36 people in two rooms on reservation). Open from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Menus for 23 or 25€ To reserve a table, call: 05 46 87 56 15
Gift shop An invitation to escape through the theme of the sea, voyages or the navy. Push the door open and there, you’ll be able to find gifts and souvenirs for a small price. Here, the maritime spirit is everyone’s reach: marine deco, table art, clothes, jewelry, small items or furniture, paintings and souvenirs made by our seamen in the Ropery. Open in the morning from 10 am to 12:45 pm and in the afternoon from 2 pm to 6 pm.
Maritime bookshop Designed in the shape of a boat’s hull under construction, the Maritime Bookshop has a unique collection of 5 000 tiles, covering all types of maritime works : from books for young people to specialist reviews, not forgetting art books, poetry, cartoons, History, etc. The Maritime Bookshop welcomes many visitors each year and attracts a wide range of people from walkers desiring to find out more about the Royal Rope factory to keen readers of ocean literature. Open in the morning from 10 am to 12:30 pm and in the afternoon from 2 pm to 6 pm.
The river cruise Embark upon a unique and peculiar journey on the river Charente! You are invited on a boat trip to Tonnay-Charente at a relaxed pace. This river cruise will bring you into the rich yet harsh world of a river under the influence of the ocean and through the marshes. Sit back and let yourselves be immersed in the stories of farmers, sailors, workers and traders who have shaped the river Charente’s banks. 17€ per person. Contact: Mail: contact@corderie-royale Num: 05 46 87 01 90
The “Accro-mâts” Unique in Europe! The first adventure urban park built in the double dry dock Louis XV. The “Accro-mâts” is a recreational area where you can climb high on and between the masts, in total autonomy. A 30 meters high acrobatic course! price : 12 euros for information purposes only. For more information, 05 46 82 07 07