La Grande Saline

La Grande Saline, Salins-les-Bains: Hours, Address, La Grande Saline Reviews: 4.5/5

La Grande Saline
4.5
Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
What's the origin of salt in Salins-les-Bains and how was it produced here ? Our guide invites you to explore the industrial past of this saltworks. Through the underground gallery and the evaporation building, you will discover all the secrets of during 1200 years of production.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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William P
Glendale, AZ1,064 contributions
A historical museum like no other!
Sep 2021
A truly wonderful experience into the past! Salins-les-Bains was a very important city in this area for its work with "white gold" - our everyday table salt. Our guide for the tour of the salt works was very informative (guides are included in the price of entry, but hours of English speaking guides are very limited - check ahead first!). There are many stair steps to be navigated to enter the underground facility and museum. This "factory" had been in operation for over 800 years!
Written 21 October 2021
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virginiaw676
4 contributions
Fabulous museum with a fascinating story
Jun 2021 • Couples
We had a fascinating visit to The Saltworks and an excellent guided tour (included in the entry price) all in English. The guide was so informative and kept our attention throughout the hour. The story of the works and the town is really interesting and dates back to the 8th century, salt was produced here from that time right up until 1962.
The exhibits are excellent and the underground bit of the tour really atmospheric. Well worth a visit!
Written 28 July 2021
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Be A
9 contributions
The Salins
Jun 2019 • Friends
Really interesting, museum and vistto the salt cellars underneath salines les Bain. Very informative. Enthusiastic guide highly recommended
Written 1 June 2019
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Hello, Thanks for your note and for your post. We will transmit your congrations to our guides. Sincerely yours. The Team of the Grande Saline.
Written 10 June 2019
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Ellie1485
Bedford, UK94 contributions
White gold explained!
Jul 2018 • Couples
What an interesting and informative visit and we learned so much about that simple condiment we take for granted. Don’t bother with just the museum visit, go for the guided tour - there’s an English tour every day at 12.15. Our guide Cecile was knowledgeable and friendly and added so much to the visit. It was a joy to go underground where the temperature is a constant 12 degrees when at street level it was touching 30. And there was so much to learn. A great way to spend an hour or two.
Written 25 July 2018
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Hello, Thanks for your note et your comment. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour as much and transmit your congratulayions to our guides. It was a real pleasure for us to make you discover the story of the Great Saltwork of Salins and also to make you enjoy the temperature of the gallery... Looking forward to seeing you again in Salins. The team of the Great Saltwork
Written 7 August 2018
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David A
Preston, UK457 contributions
Really worth visiting
Oct 2017 • Friends
This is a place that I hadn't realised had existed. It turned out to be a great experience. The guide spoke slowly and clearly and, although, she didn't speak English, it was easy to understand her. There was also a leaflet which had a decent explanation in English. We moved from place to place to see how the water was moved and then how the salt was extracted. The toilets are also a must but I won't disclose the surprise. You also need a separate visit to La Saline Royal where homes for the workers were built alongside the new factory.
Written 4 October 2017
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Digbyziggy
Redhill, UK264 contributions
Surprisingly interesting!!
Aug 2017 • Family
Okay - so this was a rainy day option and, whilst it looked worth a visit, I hadn't got hugely high expectations. But it was really good! The tour was just the right length - informative and fun. And all together, a really good visit which even the kids enjoyed!
Written 10 August 2017
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Dear Sir, Thank you for your rating, your review and the kid's recommandation. We hope to see you again. Best regards. The Grande Saline's team
Written 12 August 2017
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Carl L
Umeå, Sweden189 contributions
Very interesting in beautiful town
Jul 2017 • Family
The industrial history of salt and its effect on more or less everything. Well worth a visit both for the museum and for the surroundings.
Written 10 August 2017
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Dear Sir, Thank you for your rating, your review. We hope to see you again. Best regards. The Grande Saline's team
Written 12 August 2017
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Berit P
8 contributions
Excellent
Jul 2017 • Family
We all enjoyed the guided tour and the exhibition. We know a whole lot more about the salt industry and the impact it had on the region. I would highly recommend this museum.
Written 30 July 2017
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Dear Sir, Thank you for your vote, your review and your recommandation. We hope to see you again. Best regards. The Grande Saline's team
Written 31 July 2017
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BatesLau
Hong Kong, China775 contributions
Well preserved UNESCO site
Jun 2017 • Friends
The guided tour would give you some ideas on how they made salt in the past. The underground cave was well preserved and one could see the whole process of salt making. It was labour intensive and an extremely hard work. A very interesting place to visit. Don't forget to buy some salt after visiting the museum.
Written 9 July 2017
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Dear Sir, Thank you for your vote and your review with the presentation of our site. We hope to see you again. Best regards. The Grande Saline's team
Written 13 July 2017
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cefyngrafton
Whalley, UK68 contributions
Fantastic preservation of history
Jul 2017 • Couples
Took the opportunity to visit this for €7.50 pp. There is an English tour at 12:15 daily.
The tour guide is knowledgeable and speaks very good English (much better than my French). The tour includes a trip down into the mine/well which is reached by about 50 steps. This results in entry into a spacious cavern with working exhibit of water wheel powering a pump. It is well lit and at an ambient temperature of about 12 degrees C. The tour progresses up into the furnace and boiling areas with good exhibits of the tools and equipment used. All in all a well spent hour.
Written 7 July 2017
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Dear Sir, Thank you for your vote and your review with its short description of our site. We transmit your compliment to our guide. We hope to see you again. Best regards. The Grande Saline's team
Written 9 July 2017
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  • Sun - Sat 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM