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Towers of La Rochelle

Vieux Port, 17000 La Rochelle, France
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Ranked #3 of 27 Attractions in La Rochelle
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: Looking out to the Atlantic, the Tour Saint-Nicolas (14th century), the Tour de la Chaîne (14th century) and the Tour de la Lanterne (12th and15th... more » Owner description: Looking out to the Atlantic, the Tour Saint-Nicolas (14th century), the Tour de la Chaîne (14th century) and the Tour de la Lanterne (12th and15th century) are the remains of a great fortification building campaign undertaken in the City of La Rochelle from 1199. The Tour Saint-Nicolas and the Tour de la Chaîne form the majestic gateway to the Old Port and for ten centuries formed the key defensive bastions to the city. As true palatial constructions and city castles, they are the symbol of a city with a very rich hand proud seafaring and trading heritage. The Tour de la Lanterne, the oldest lighthouse on the Atlantic coast and then a navy prison, contains over 600 examples of graffiti carved into the walls by prisoners in over 3 centuries. Open:> 1st April to 30th September: Tower Saint-Nicolas: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. ; Tower of La Chaîne and La Lanterne: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2.15 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.> 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2.15 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 1 tower ticket : 6 € ; 3 towers ticket : 8,50 € ; Concessions (18 to 25) = 1 tower ticket : 4 € ; 3 towers ticket : 5,50 € ; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups « less
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We only had time to go to one of the towers, but you can get a discount if you want to go to all three, if you are fit enough! It was a real trip back in time and you could get an idea what it was like to serve in a cold dark tower. Once at the top we... More

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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Bought the wrong ticket and staff wouldn't exchange it, also paid for souvenir which when noticed it was a generic historic sites item, asked if it could be exchanged for same item but inscribed with 'Tours La Rochelle' however staff were unhelpful and had to buy two, disappointed.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

With one ticket being available for all three towers this is a good buy. Each tower has its own character and story to tell. There is the equivalent of seventeenth century graffiti on the walls, scribed by pirates and prisoners through the centuries including French, English and Dutch prisoners. The word graffiti is used loosely as many of the inscriptions... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

the 3 towers package (8.5 euros) is a good value for the money. each tower I'd interesting in its own way. saint-Nicholas tower contains a labyrinth of stairs leading to residential rooms and guard rooms, as well as nice photographs of the city in 1850. my preferred was la chaine tower, which details the local history of boarding to go... More

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Saint John, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Beautiful site to visit, you should try to buy the ticket that includes the three towers. Lots of history on the walls of the towers, the view from the top is magnifique !

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Dublin
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8 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

nice walk around with the kids and taking in some history at the same time. Very pleasant and worth the trip

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The three towers of La Rochelle are indeed worth a visit. Well worth a visit alone is the Lantern Tower which is covered with carved graffiti from pirates and various other prisoners from as far back as 300 years ago. All towers are for the moderately fit, where vertigo isn't an issue.

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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

look for the grafiti - centuries old. Amazing...take the time to learn what it meant...the latin phrases...the prisoners. kids will delight in this ancient grafiti that humanizes history

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Northern Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Buy the ticket at one tower to visit all three, it is a great way to spend a morning, provided you can handle the hundreds of steps. Great views and photo opportunities.

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Newtownards, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the city. We left our car in the park n ride so parking tickets were no problem. . There were such beautiful places for coffee, dinner and shopping. My wife had moules et des frites and I had seabass and chips in one of the streets off the front.We took a boat trip out... More

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