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La Tour Magne

Address: Jardins de la Fontaine, 30000 Nimes, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)4 66 21 82 56
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Ranked #3 of 19 Activities in Nimes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: The Tour Magne, i.e. the Great Tower, is the only tower left standing from the Roman city walls built by Augustus. It rises up at the highest point of the city, Mount Cavalier. It dominates the whole plain and is a focal point for lines of communication. At the top of the tower, which provides a striking panoramic view of Nîmes, visitors can discover the city as it was in Roman times thanks to a large display board.

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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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222 reviews 222 reviews
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This is definitely one for the able bodied. Firstly is a up-hill trudge to get to the site from the bottom of the Jardins de la Fountaine. Then to get to the top of the tower is stairs...a lot of steps. Didn't count them but a lot. The inside has been gutted apparently by those seeking a treasure mentioned by... More

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Shah Alam, Malaysia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This is a must visit for everyone visiting Nimes. You may or may not be able to feel your legs after walking up 140 stairs up to the top of the tower (and the exhausting walk up the hill that you will need to take to get here), but it will be worth it! The panoramic view of the city... More

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Glasgow
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is at the top of a massive hill which I decided to walk up, in 30C+ degree heat, thankfully it was worth the effort! The tower is a massive lump and the scale is really quite impressive. The views from the tower are also quite impressive. There's not a lot to keep you amused for hours, and Nimes certainly... More

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Paris
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8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

It was ridiculously hot when I went to the tower and getting there was exhausting. I was there in the afternoon and found many others at the tower. The place smelled a bit funny with all the sweaty people and climbing the narrow stairs was difficult with people coming from the other direction. The view was nice although not particularly... More

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London
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9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

On top of a steep hill. Best arrive in a car! Great panoramic view from the top of the tower. Interesting history explained in the display in the tower. (Get a Nimes Pass to cover this, the Arenes and the Maison Caree.)

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Signposting in France is a hit or miss affair and we made the mistake of following the 'Piėtons' (pedestrians) sign from the Maison Carrėe, which took us up a long, fairly steep street to the tower, rather than the shorter route up through the gardens. It was a very hot day and we were very glad of the cold drinks... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A great view of Nime awaits the climb up the tower. There is also a good display of the history of the site. This was the highest point in the acient city so interesting.

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Vancouver, Canada
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99 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

11.5E pp gets you a triple ticket good over 3 days for admission to the Amphitheater, Tour Magne and Maison Carree. A bit of a slog to get to the tower from the gardens below, then another 100+ steps to the top. Well, that's good exercise anyway. They have a few interesting placards in the bottom part in French and... More

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Toronto, Canada
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The Great Tower is a partially ruined ancient Roman watchtower located in the Jardins de la Fontaine. We walked to the gardens from the train station, climbed up the hill where the tower is located, then climbed up to the top of the tower! It was quite a workout. The spiral stairs up and down the tower are narrow but... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

The walk through the gardens and up towards the tower are not as daunting as it may at first appear. You can't quite see it from the bottom where you're heading but there are signs. Not always clear, but they're there. There are some fab shady spots and a picnic area before the summit. As I walked through the trees,... More

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