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Address: Vieux Port, 17000 La Rochelle, France
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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Sunny harbour

Chill and calm city. You can see a Fort Boyard in a bright day from harbour. Also the Godet Cognac house is really close, so definitely visit it too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Chill and calm city. You can see a Fort Boyard in a bright day from harbour. Also the Godet Cognac house is really close, so definitely visit it too.

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

All the towers are worth a visit and the displays have English subtitles, great views of the surrounding town and estary

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

What a lovely vilage with these great buildings to look at. Theyre lovely from outside and divers even used them in the red bull competition.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

They are part of the ambience of the old port and look great from the outside. Couldn't see much point in going in them though!

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Cowes
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We love history and found the largest of the towers a bit lacking but the chain tower had a fascinating account of how France was involved with the taking over of Northern America/Candia

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Le Bugue, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The towers dominate the Old Port entrance & look magnificent. The history attached to them is remarkable & the views across the outer bay from the top is worth the climb.

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We visited in May. We bought the three tower ticket for €8.50 each, although the Lantern tower is still closed, so we visited 2 towers. (€6 if you only visit one tower). When walking past the Lantern tower it seemed like there was still a fair bit of restoration left to do, so unsure when it will be open (certainly... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

The towers of La Rochelle make for a picturesque setting and the many restaurants around the area, along with the side streets make it a wonderful place to visit. On the day I was there though, they were holding rehearsals for the Red Bull extreme diving which included music being blasted out from speakers set up along the front. It... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We only went to one of the 3 Towers after walking along the wall. It was well signposted inside so you could easily follow the 'route' and it was lovely at the top, great view. Steps varied in night with some very high for my short legs! But enjoyed it and felt great value at €6 and free for my... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Their history is very old and very interesting. They have a small museum each, most of the books in French, especially the more informative ones. Only the Tour St. Nicolas allows to go to the top, aTour de Lanterne was under reconstruction when we were visiting. Tour de la Chaine has great outside material about its engineering and history. And... More 

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Address: Vieux Port, 17000 La Rochelle, France
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Poitou-Charentes  >  Charente-Maritime  >  La Rochelle

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