Saint-Mathieu lighthouse

Historic sites and monuments
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Why take advantage?

Facing the Iroise Sea, the Pointe de Saint-Mathieu is a pleasant place to stroll all year round, where you'll find the GR®34 and the Iroise Marine Park, the 11th-century abbey and its museum, the National Memorial to sailors lost at sea and the semaphore, the current lighthouse built in 1835 and its 11th-century ancestor.

The Saint-Mathieu lighthouse, sentinel at the end of the world, was built on the ruins of an ancient abbey. It is a major lighthouse on the French coast, with a range of 45km. Together with the Kermorvan lighthouse, it points the way to the chenal du four, while its alignment with the Portzic lighthouse marks the route into the Brest Narrows. The lighthouse has been listed as a historic monument since May 23, 2011.

37 m high (58 m above sea level), the Saint-Mathieu lighthouse was built in 1835 when the abbey tower fell into disrepair. Built of Aber Ildut granite, it marks the route into the Brest Narrows. Its light, with 1 white flash every 15 seconds, has a range of 24 miles (approx. 45 km).

After climbing the 163 steps (37m), you'll discover the lighthouse lens, a 360° panorama of the Iroise Sea with its maritime life, islands and dozen lighthouses, all commented on by a guide. Round off your guided tour with the temporary exhibition and a screening of short films about the Iroise region and sea.

Finally, continue your stroll by visiting the Abbey Museum, the National Memorial to the Sailors who died for France and the historical trail that leads to the Musée Mémoires 39-45.

The Iroise Sea is one of the most illuminated seas in the world. Lighthouses, beacons and harbor entrance lights form a veritable broom of beams as night falls. At dusk, don't miss the lights coming on and have fun recognizing them. Visit Corsen Point or Saint-Mathieu Point, where guided tours are organized on a regular basis.

Classified or listed (CNMHS)
Theme(s) : Abbey - Church - Places of memory - Lighthouse and beacon - Ruins and remains - History - Maritime

Main services

  • Groups of 10 people minimum
  • Pets allowed
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Main services

  • Groups of 10 people minimum
  • Pets allowed

Services

  • Store

On-site activities

  • Theme-specific animation
  • Workshop for adults
  • Children's workshop
  • Conferences
  • Temporary exhibitions

Spoken language(s)

  • French
  • English

We like

The situation:
  • By the sea
  • Close to a hiking trail: GR34
Ideal for : Like a local, Heritage, Unplugged vacation, Two people, With friends, With children, Business, Young people, Retired people
Suitable for : move around, meet new people, get cultured, see the sea
RatesPrice
(in €)
Base rate - Adult Full rate

From age 12

5€
Children's rate2.5€
Reduced rate

Upon presentation of proof

3.5€
Pass 3 phares St Mathieu, Trézien, Kermorvan : 13 ans et + : 12€ et de 5 à 12 ans : 6€.
Pass 2 phares d'Iroise (choice of Trézien or Kermorvan): 13 years and over: 8€ and 5 to 12 years: 4€.
Pass 3 phares avec le Fort de Bertheaume : 13 ans et + : 14€ et de 5 à 12 ans : 7€.
Pass 2 lighthouses with Fort de Bertheaume: 13 years and over: 11€ and 5 to 12 years: 5,50€.
Pass 1 lighthouse with Fort de Bertheaume: 13 years and over: 7€ and 5 to 12 years: 3,50€.

Means of payment

  • Payment cards
  • Bank and postal cheques
  • Vacation vouchers
  • Species

Opening hours

  • From 10/02/2024 to 10/03/2024
  • From 10/02/2024 to 10/03/2024
  • From 03/11/2024 to 03/29/2024
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  • From 30/03/2024 to 30/06/2024
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  • From 12/11/2024 to 21/12/2024
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  • From 22/12/2024 to 30/12/2024
  • From 22/12/2024 to 30/12/2024
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Please note: last visit 30 minutes before closing time (morning and afternoon).

Historic sites and monuments

Saint-Mathieu lighthouse

3 rue des moines
29217 Plougonvelin
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