Solidor Tower is a fortified dungeon, situated at the mouth of the Rance, opposite Dinard. It is composed of three towers linked together by short curtain walls. Today, Solidor Tower houses a museum celebrating Brittany’s Cape Horners.
The Solidor Tower, fortification of Saint-Malo which houses the history museum, offers a unique view, where to take exceptional souvenir photos. If you consider spending a weekend in the city and wonder: what to do in Saint-Malo? The visit of the Solidor Tower must be part of your list.
The story of Solidor Tower in Saint Malo
The Solidor Tower is a dungeon, of medieval architecture in perfect condition, located in the district of Saint Servan, a very pleasant place, turning its back on the corsair city. Its name comes from two Breton words: steir and dor which mean "gate of the river". It was built in the 14th century and consists of three three-storey towers.
Originally, the fortification was intended to control the city of Saint-Malo. It was later converted into a prison in the 16th century, and since 1970 the tower has housed a museum dedicated to the history of long-distance navigators and those of Cape Horn.
The history museum of St-Malo
The Solidor tower of Saint-Malo is worth a visit, especially if you are a fan of tall ships, long-distance journeys and stories of sailors who went to South America (Chile, Peru ...) crossing the legendary Cape Horn. Infernal cape which saw so many seamen perish.
The museum is composed of sea charts, models of boats (including that of the ship Victoria, the first boat to have toured the world in the sixteenth century), objects made by sailors during their travels or brought back from their stopovers, old world maps, portraits of famous sailors, a statue of Jacques Cartier showing the direction of Quebec, a weather vane in the shape of giant albatross and many other testimonies of the life of these sailors.
A magnificent view of the sea and surroundings
In addition to its historical side, this fortification of Saint Malo is also an ideal place to take holiday pictures or simply admire beautiful landscapes and the sunset. From the top of the tower (upper walkway) you will get a breathtaking view of the sea, Saint Servan, Dinard, the dam of the Rance or the city of Aleth. The climb to the top of the tower (more than 100 steps) is done without particular difficulty.
Prices and Schedule of visits
For adults the entry costs 6 euros. Children from 8 to 18 pay half-price and children under 8 do not pay.
The tower is open daily from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00. From October to March, it is closed on Mondays and public holidays.
A weekend in Saint-Malo
Saint-Malo is full of tourist sites, such as the Solidor Tower or the Grand Aquarium and many events and festivals, such as Sainte Ouine. If you want to visit the city plan at least a weekend. Looking for a hotel Saint-Malo intramural? The Chateaubriand hotel, in the heart of the corsair city, with several rooms offering a splendid view on the sea and with private parking, will reserve you a warm welcome and will be able to answer your requirements.