Fort Mahon, which is known locally as Fort Vauban, is a fort located on the coast of the Strait of Dover. It was built at the end of the 17th century by the military architect Vauban. The fort was restored in the 1960s and designated a historical monument in 1965.

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Founded: 17th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Ray Lan (3 years ago)
Loved the beaches around this area and all the views of the old WW2 bunkers that people converted into houses special landscape loved this place
Andrew Everard (3 years ago)
Good views. Informative. Good historical perspective. Collections added over the years depending on local historians interests.
Michael A (3 years ago)
It’s under construction/repair, and I’m sure it’ll be an amazing thing to visit once it’s done. Fascinating history of the fort
Foivos Symeonidis (3 years ago)
The fort was closed for renovation. Only the beach was accessible but the water cold and murky. Nice fish restaurants not too far away with amazing fruit de mer
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