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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The significance of La Rochelle in European economic history is brought to life with a visit to this place -- if you have appropriate background information from reading or a good guide. The towers help one to understand their defensive significance.

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Margate, United Kingdom
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34 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

La Rochelle was one of many ports we visited whilst on a cruise recently. The towers standing in the entrance to the port at one time used to be linked by a bridge which no longer exists. The climb to the top was worth the view but going down was tricky because of the narrow steps.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We visited the bigger tower, the Saint Nicholas (I think). It was really interesting, and comprehensive information was provided in English and French (as well as other languages). Aside from the weather and the fact that the woman behind the desk was about as happy and friendly as cadaver, it was a great hour or so. It also provides a... More 

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Millburn, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The view was beautiful. Remained exterior of the towers. I recommend taking a boat tour pass the towers to Fort Boyard. That was exciting. Very much worth it.

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Harwich, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Had a most enjoyable day last Saturday, wandering around the old town and port. A pleasant bonus was the presence of the ancient frigate Hermione, repositioned here before starting the re-creation of the original transatlantic voyage.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I really loved the place. It reminds me of something that came out of a movie. It really is worth a visit.

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Rayne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

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

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