EOL Centre éolien Le premier site de visite dédié à l'énergie du vent et à l'éolien en mer en France

EOL Centre éolien

The wind of change

The EOL Centre éolien was the first visitor centre dedicated to offshore wind energy and is the only one of its kind in France. Come and pedal, blow and experiment to see how offshore wind electricity is generated. An immersive, playful and interactive tour which will delight young and old alike! 

 

The only one of its kind in France

Discover the first French visitor centre dedicated to a wonderful human and technological adventure: offshore wind energy.

Did you know that Saint-Nazaire and the Western Loire Region are pioneers in the development of offshore wind energy? This is where huge wind turbine parts are being manufactured, and this is where France’s first offshore wind farm will produce electricity.

The EOL Centre éolien of Saint-Nazaire is the first centre of its kind in France to immerse you into this wonderful human and technological adventure.

An immersive and interactive tour!

Designed for the whole family, the EOL Turbine Centre of Saint-Nazaire takes you on a journey of discovery in the world of offshore wind power through experiments and interactions. While having fun, you will know everything about energy through time, from the first windmills to the twenty-first-century wind turbines. How about experiencing the tremendous wind power… by pedalling?

Other surprises are waiting for you at the EOL Turbine Centre before you climb up to the roof of the fortified lock. On the roof terrace, enjoy the fantastic panoramic view of the city, the harbour, the estuary and the horizon. Soon you will also be able to observe the impressive activities of the wind turbine assembly plant which will be located at the lower level.

Practical Information

Visitor Info:

  • Immersive self-guided tour, approx. 45 minutes.
  • The printed texts are available in English and French.
  • Animals are not allowed, except guide dogs for the blind.
  • See booking terms and conditions for groups of 20 people or more.

Prices – EOL Centre éolien

Full Reduced* Children aged 4-17
€6 €5 €3

The more you see, the more you save!

#’PassPort 4 sites’ combination ticket
Escal’Atlantic + Submarine Espadon + Écomusée + EOL Centre éolien  – Valid till September 2020 (the submarine Espadon will be closed for renovation from this date).

Full Reduced* Children aged 4-17
€25 €12.50
#Pass Ecluse
EOL Centre éolien + Submarine Espadon
Full Reduced* Children aged 4-17
€13 €6.50

 

*Reduced price (on presentation of proof): students, job seekers, people with disabilities with one accompanying person

Free admission for children under the age of 4 and annual PASS holders

Where can I buy tickets?

  • On this website
  • On site, 3 ticket offices: submarine base, fortified lock and Écomusée

Means of payment: cash, credit card (VISA and Mastercard)

How to get here?

EOL Centre éolien is located inside the fortified lock, Avenue de la Forme Ecluse, Saint-Nazaire.

There are several car parks close by.

Public transportation:

  • Saint-Nazaire is served by both the TGV and the regional trains.
  • From the railway station, the nearest bus stops to EOL Centre éolien are:
    • ‘Rue de la Paix’ (Hélyce line, daily) + 17 minutes walk
    • ‘Ruban Bleu’ (U2 and U4 lines, from Monday to Saturday) + 14 minutes walk

Accessibility

  • Mobility impairment: the centre is fully wheelchair accessible
  • Deaf and hearing impaired visitors: no specific arrangement
  • Blind and visually impaired visitors: self-guided tour, several video projections with sound
  • Mentally impaired visitors: the tour does not contain any potentially problematic elements

For further clarification or information, please call +33 (0)2 28 540 640

Services & shop

  • Services

    We are committed to making sure our visitors have the most memorable experience possible. This also involves providing quality services to you at the Admissions desk of the fortified lock.

    Free services

    • Phone charging stations
    • Lockers
    • Water cooler
    • Bottle warmer
    • Baby changing facilities
    • Bicycle park
    • Bicycle repair kit (available on request at the Admissions Desk)
    • Wi-Fi
  • Shop

    The shop

    At the heart of the fortified lock, right next to the Admissions Desk, the newly-equipped shop is waiting for you! A wide selection of gifts, souvenirs, books and games on the theme of submarines, wind power and more broadly the sea, are available for purchase. As for foodies, the shop offers a large array of local and regional products.