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Address: Vieux Port, 17000 La Rochelle, France
Phone Number: 0546341181
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Description: Looking out to the Atlantic, the Tour Saint-Nicolas (14th century), the...
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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Fascinating. Do all three towers - each has something unique to offer. The graffiti was really interesting and I liked the models inside the lighthouse tower. I would have liked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Fascinating. Do all three towers - each has something unique to offer. The graffiti was really interesting and I liked the models inside the lighthouse tower. I would have liked more information in English, but there was enough to understand the history of the town.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We decided just to climb the taller, St Nicholas tower and it was well worth it. Views from the top are great and the climb up is more interesting than you might expect as you pass through little rooms and cross over different passageways. Kids liked it too and there's a guide book in English which you can borrow to... More 

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Heidelberg, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The views from the top of the Saint Nicholas, La Chaine and La Lanterne towers quite breathtaking. On a clear day, you can see as far as Fort Boyard and the neighboring islands of Aix, Oléron and Ré. If you pay an extra 2 Euros, you'll get to tour all 3 towers instead of only Saint Nicholas. The La Lanterne... More 

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Pay for the 3 tower tour and visit all 3 towers. You do not have to do them all in one day. With did them over 3 days. Each one is well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Very interesting tour of the three towers and very good value as well. Staff are particularly helpful. Note that two of them close for lunch.

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Three very different towers. Lots of steps buts all really interesting. All have something different to offer and the children enjoyed exploring the winding staircases and were interested by the graffiti from hundreds of years ago! Fantastic views of the harbour and City. Really good value-not much more expensive to view all three towers compared to one and the children... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

As it was only 19 degrees this climb was pleasant. The views were audacious. The perspective of the harbour from the top was magnificent. The staff were very accommodating offering to lend an english version of the tour guide.I recommend going at sunset as the view is incredible. This is one of the less crowded places in la rochelle in... More 

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Lots of steps but wow what a view. Very good attraction but good to do when not too hot as it was 32 and muggy and hard work.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Well I hope you are fitter than I was! Having climbed the narrow steps to the top of the tower ( The St Nicolas tower), I felt I needed a stretcher to get down again. In fact, it was easier (but not easy) coming down. To get the view, to get the historic flavour, well worth going up. There's a... More 

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Dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit for the historical graffiti (including a number of irish sailors) amazing views of La Rochelle and the stories. Be prepared to climb of steep steps. Lacked a little in presentation (in English at least). The brochure was scant and the tableaux in French not all that informative. There is clearly a fascinating story here that remains... More 

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