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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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Day trip from the cruise terminal

Really pretty port. Great views. Definitely recommend. Busy day as our cruise ship was in...... Beautiful sunny day!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really pretty port. Great views. Definitely recommend. Busy day as our cruise ship was in...... Beautiful sunny day!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If in la Rochelle you will see these two towers and can walk around and read up on the history. This is on the harbour where there is plenty to do and see. Lovely restaurants on the harbour as well has entertainment. It was nice sitting on the harbour and enjoying a wine in the sunshine. Beautiful place to visit!😃

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Thank nat & cathryn
Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The ticket for all 3 towers was only 2.5 euros more than a single tower so great value. Ideally you can visit one tower, then go for lunch, then the next tower and a coffee stop then the final so making it a whole day experience. Really brings the history of La Rochelle to life and great picture opportunities from... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A quick climb to the top for a view of La Rochelle harbor and bay area. A nice area to stroll around and watch the extreme tides come in and out.

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Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing night life, fantastic pubs and restaurants, no OTT drunkenness or loutish behaviour. Plenty of finds, plentiful parking and happy French people. Great night. Merci.

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Thank Robert J
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Value for money, well planned, an excellent insight into the history of La Rochelle. Can be taken at your own pace with plenty of bars in between!

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Thank Broadster67
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The towers and close to the water, in the port, and in front of the city. Is romantic to walk, in the night along the way of the port giving a look to the towers. A flag in one of them is perfect!

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Thank MARIA R
Bayeux, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great views if you are prepared to climb! I have been to many towers and castles and they can be a bit "samey". I think the best thing about these towers were the information panels about the original graffiti all around the walls carved at various times in the city's history.

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Thank DDayPaul
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The image of La Rochelle harbour with its castles aside the entrance did not disappoint in reality. Recommended.

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Attard, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of a series of towers overlooking the Harbour. Spiral stairs difficult to manage and steep. Views quite splendid. Interesting internal historical information.

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