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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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Loved visiting these 3 €8.50 to see all three towers is a bargain I would go back again and again the views where outstanding I can not praise this place enough each tower is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved visiting these 3 €8.50 to see all three towers is a bargain I would go back again and again the views where outstanding I can not praise this place enough each tower is great and is a definite must see I don't want to say to much as it will spoil your visit but go just be aware there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Well planned exhibitions telling different stories in each of the towers. I loved the one about the prisoners (one tower was used a prison in the 1600, 1700 and 1800s) and found thier stories very moving . NB it is cheaper to buy a ticket for all 3 towers - 8euro as opposed to vising each tower individually for 5euro... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were on a cruise and thought the best way to see La Rochelle was on foot. We arrived early, and were able to walk and climb the three towers with few tourists. The views are stunning and all three are close together, linked by a mediaeval street. The harbour is a pleasant walk around and the streets of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You'll need 8.50€ & 3-4 hours to do justice to all 3 towers. I visited the Chain & Lantern Towers then used the solar-powered Bus de Mer (1€) to get to the St. Nicolas Tower, the largest of the 3. There's plenty of info. in the various rooms & the views are wonderful. And don't miss seeing the towers at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The towers are quite magnificent from the outside, the Lantern Tower especially, and are really beautiful when lit up at night.I am afraid to say that whenever there is a tower I have to climb it, some I have reached the top with wobbly legs and lack of breath but not the case with these towers, an easy climb with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved exploring the towers and reading about the history. The views from them are well worth the climb.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Three Towers of La Rochelle provide a glimpse of 15th-17th century coastal France. Serving as navigation a beacons and harbor fortifications, the three towers played an important role in the history of La Rochelle. Utilized to house prisoners in the 17th and 18th centuries, the walls have many dated carvings left by the prisoners identifying who they were and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing really to see inside, only the view on top of the tower is nice. Tour is very short. I won't come back.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped at La Rochelle on a recent cruise and took the shuttle to the towers. It is very scenic and a nice place to relax. There are lots of market stalls, shops and small cafe's surrounding this also.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here in September 2016. Tickets are €8 to visit the 3 towers and can used over a few days, in case your legs get tired! The views are nice, the information is good, and there isn't too much climbing involved. Well worth a visit.

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