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Towers of La Rochelle

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Address: Vieux Port, 17000, La Rochelle, France
Phone Number: 0546341181
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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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Interesting history, great views

We visited all three towers, which means climbing quite a few stairs, but it was well worth it. The displays are interesting, but the view from the top is outstanding. I suggest... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
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Lake Macquarie, Australia
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Lake Macquarie, Australia
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60 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We visited all three towers, which means climbing quite a few stairs, but it was well worth it. The displays are interesting, but the view from the top is outstanding. I suggest any visitor to La Rochelle start by climbing the Tour St Nicholas, because once you've viewed the town from there, you'll understand the whole lay-out and you won't... More 

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Harwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Having been to La Rochelle quite a few times, have only recently taken the opportunity to pay more attention to the two Towers guarding the entrance to the inner harbour. Both buildings are well preserved and form an integral part of this City's maritime history. Well worth a more detailed look around as well as affording some surprising views of... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

It’s probably the best way to spend the day if you have not much time In La Rochelle. There are 3 Towers: Tour de la Chaine, Tour de la Lanterne, Tour St-Nicolas. One adult ticket costs 6 € per Tower, but if you buy a tickets for all 3 Towers it will cost only 8.5 € per adult, more than... More 

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finger lakes NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

The towers were a key part of our interest in visiting La Rochelle. I've got old arthritic knees, by the end of the day, and all three towers, bottom - top - bottom, my knees were protesting mildly. all in all they are well worth the visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

It is a wonderful view to see those two towers from distance. You can even climb to the top to see the view from above. Get in or not? To get in you will be charged for around 17 euros and another charge for getting in another tower (2 towers). We found that it is not really worth it because... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

This area is great to walk around. The streets are beautiful, and there are dozens of restaurants. A large parking area is available that seemed free. Maybe at night.

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Thank Robin R
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

It is a nice attraction, you feel like you'd be travelling in time a bit. The port itself is beautiful with the yachts, and those towers make it even more gorgeous

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Thank Eszter S
Syston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

A fascinating insight into the history and uses of the two towers. Be prepared to climb a few stairs in your visit. The views from the top are fantastic especially on a bright sunny day-we were lucky!

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

These towers tell the story of the ports involvement in France's colonisation of North America and is provided in both French and English. Some of the rooms were used as prisons and the carved graffiti is interesting in itself.

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Thank Takehimanywheretwice
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

These towers are great. It's like a maze inside them and it's just so hard to imagine people actually living here! At the top of the towers, there are some beautiful views of both the harbour and the sea. The towers are also free for students!

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