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Towers of La Rochelle

Vieux Port, 17000 La Rochelle, France
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Ranked #2 of 25 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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Northern Ireland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We visited all three towers over 2 days. St Nicolas was the best. Not much in the Chains Tower & girl on reception spent all the time on the phone & was not very friendly/helpful. Good value €8.50 for the 3 towers but not at €6.00 per tower. Lantern tower is lovely but steep climb, not for the faint hearted!... More

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The old harbour and the towers are stunning - never fails to make me grin when I first see them after some time away. The towers themselves are interesting and the bars, restaurants etc in the vicinity are a bonus.

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Talofofo, Mariana Islands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Very interesting history of La Rochelle and immigration to Canada. Beautiful preserved stonework, doors and ancient graffiti! There are 3 towers which cost 8 euros 50 each, but don't have to see all 3 on one day. Gives superb views over La Rochelle but there are a lot of steps to climb.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The tour of the towers gives you a little insight into the explorations of the French with their settlements in Canada and The Southern United States.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

The three towers should be visited when in La Rochelle. Saint Nicolas is big and has rooms to visit and interesting spiral staircases. The chains is smaller but gives the history of the French explorers. The lantern is the tallest and the views from the uppermost staircase are spectacular. The cost was €8.50 for all 3 and there was no... More

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Saint Nicolas is the best of the three. It feels more like a castle than a tower. Lots of rooms to look at and spiral staircases to go up and down. The Lantern is not bad either. It's 55m tall, so you get a very good view of La Rochelle from it. The Chains Tower is s bit small...unless you... More

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Lasswade
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The town is one of the most beautiful that we have visited in France. Our Hotel was right at the harbour and the views from the restaurants and bars round the harbour were amazing. Shopping for the wives in the old town was of a great variety and most definitely we will revisit in the future. Stuart Bruce

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We bought the three towers ticket which was good value. We were impressed you didn't have to do all three in one day. So we chose to see one each day of our trip. The three towers all have some historical information ( leaflet in English was available). There are a lot of steps, but worth the climb for the... More

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