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Towers of La Rochelle

Vieux Port, 17000 La Rochelle, France
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Ranked #2 of 22 Attractions in La Rochelle
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Owner description: Looking out to the Atlantic, the Tour Saint-Nicolas (14th century), the Tour de la Chaîne (14th...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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

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Rayne, England, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
30 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Spend a few hours wandering around the old harbour plenty of places to eat great views .Take time to explore

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

nice views of the harbor & old town, although in need of up keep. Visited in winter & must be a great atraction during the summer months.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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61 attraction reviews
302 helpful votes 302 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Maintenance to the towers is going on but the walk around the ramparts and the charming restaurants made this a great spot to visit. Good back street buildings and shops.

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North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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302 helpful votes 302 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

If you are in the harbour area, it is impossible to miss these remnants of historic fortifications. Remember to read the descriptive boards - good English translations. And you can climb to the top of at least one of them, I believe. great for kids - of all ages.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We went up the Tour S Nicholas. The explanatory notes are in English as well as French. The views from the top are well worth the climb. You could imagine the tower in use.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Spectacular views from the top, especially on a lovely sunny day. Don't visit if you do not like heights or narrow, steep, windy corkscrew stone staircases. Wouldn't be easy with very young children. Very educational and an interesting history behind them. Staff were friendly and helpful. Worth visiting at least one of the towers.

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Mareuil-Sur-Lay-Dissais, France
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Lots of history and information (available in more languages). Great views over the Old Port of La Rochelle.

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Manningtree, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Plenty of history and impressive views, but many steep steps up the towers. I can think of better things to do.

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Dalkeith, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I was in LA rochelle with my kids for a weeks holiday. The towers were well worth going to see and worth spending a bit of time learning about their history.

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Limoges, France
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

So many times we passed by without going in...what a pity ! The explanatory panels are so clear and synthetic that you can get the good quantity of information without getting too much. You just have to pay attention to young children...

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