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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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Mesmering in the evening

We took the 1Euro ferry crossing which lasted about ten minutes, in the dark with the twinking lights of the port it was particularly magical. After eating mussels at a nearby... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the 1Euro ferry crossing which lasted about ten minutes, in the dark with the twinking lights of the port it was particularly magical. After eating mussels at a nearby place - it was the perfect end to the evening.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The towers are open to the public and are well worth the effort (and walk) to visit all three. There is a ticket just to visit the Saint Nicholas tower if time is short. There is plenty of information and great views.

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chorley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great views around the harbour. But as long as you have your id you can go in. Otherwise it costs 5-6 euros.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Still standing guard after so many centuries. Fun to visit and a nice walk around the harbor of this old town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic views across the city if you don,t mind heights. The first tower with the steeple, and the second cylindrical tower were both fascinating with carved graffiti dating back as far as the 17th century. Half the people imprisoned in the towers, had been English sailors. Incredible use of beautifully formed carved pictures and lettering. Well worth the visit and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visiting the three towers is a must-do if you have the opportunity, the information was good and if you're prepared to walk all the steps you will be rewarded with amazing views of the city .

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Did not intend to do this tour, so spur of the moment decision. Recommend it. Cost to do the one tower was 8 euro per person I think, but you can buy a ticket to do all three towers (the Lantern tower and the third one whose name escapes me) for not much more. Can walk alone, which we did,... More 

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Southampton - UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Superb value if you buy the three tower ticket but a warning for families with small children there are hundreds on steps spiralling up each tower and only one route up and down and people get very fed up waiting for your little ones to take each step often pushing past on treacherously narrow stairs. The management needs a simple... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These three towers are definitely worth a visit, firstly due to the great value for money (children go in for free), the views, and the information about the towers' history. I particularly enjoyed visiting the Tower of St. Nicolas. A single free leaflet about all the towers in available in most languages. Just be aware, though, that there are lots... More 

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Shropshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We bought a ticket to go up the three towers - the climb does require some physical fitness climbing up all the original steps. However, the views of the harbour and coastline were worth it. My daughter got in free as a citizen of the EU who is under 26 years (I think this was the age) - you need... More 

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