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Towers of La Rochelle

Vieux Port, 17000, La Rochelle, France
+33 5 46 41 11 99
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Walk & Watch

Very picturesque with architecture to admire. Good to stroll along stop for a drink or ice cream or... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Dudley, United Kingdom
Great visit

The town is an absolute delight. Great views, and the sort of place that you want to go to again... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Paul M
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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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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“lantern tower” (15 reviews)
“worth the climb” (12 reviews)
“st nicholas” (13 reviews)
Vieux Port, 17000, La Rochelle, France
+33 5 46 41 11 99
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Very picturesque with architecture to admire. Good to stroll along stop for a drink or ice cream or just people watch. look out for street performers to pass a while.

Thank family147
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The town is an absolute delight. Great views, and the sort of place that you want to go to again. We also enjoyed the nearby artisan craft stalls.

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had to make a trip to La Rochelle and decided to mix business with pleasure. What a great sight to behold. The towers show the importance of this seaside town.

Thank Rickjax99
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Really nice area. Lots to do around. Great for walking around with friends There are shops, historical sites and plenty of restaurants

Thank Gilkey62
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Any guidebook or tourist information on La Rochelle will have a picture of these iconic towers. Well preserved and restored, it's very easy to picture how in medieval and less peaceful days, these were bastions of defence for the port - which of course is...More

Thank Elton_Bear
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

The three towers are fabulous, and very tall with small spiral staircases!! They are fairly spaced out around the harbour too so expect a good walk, they all have information in both French and English and are very interesting historically😀 Be aware though that they...More

Thank stevefleet2016
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Three towers to visit (within 2 months - so you can visit one tower first day, another one next day... - price is 8€ /p) First tower is St Nicholas which was used by the high rankingrepresentatives of the military administration to manage the harbour...More

Thank JoelLeclair
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Three towers of the bastion are left. One of them used to be prison and has interesting graffiti on the walls.

Thank Ewelina-EW
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Excellent history of La Rochelle and the departures to north America. The history is explained well inside the towers and you can visit one for 6€ or all three for 9€. The ticket will also get you a 2€ reduction on entry to the Aquarium....More

1  Thank Voyageur544
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Visit all three towers for a great day out, you can even take a short boat trip for €1 to get to the last one. Spectacular views across the town. We visited on a rainy day and it was still a fab day out.

Thank Allison T
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