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Towers of La Rochelle

Vieux Port, 17000, La Rochelle, France
+33 5 46 41 11 99
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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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Vieux Port, 17000, La Rochelle, France
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"lantern tower"
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"steep steps"
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"interesting history"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

These towers were originally forming part of the defences of the old harbour of La Rochelle,well preserved and nearby to some remaining ramparts

Thank Michael S
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Really interesting, but watch out for opening times. We missed the other tower as they close for lunch.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw them. We took pictures. We did not spend much more time. There is a museum in one of the towers. We were not motivated to go in.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went in up 2 towers La Lanterne and Saint Nicholas. They are great pieces of regional sea history not to mention great views from the top of the whole harbor and the city itself. Despite what I had read, if I were to pick...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2018

Full of information and very imaginatively laid out. A real instant shot of L Rochelle history. Good for adults and children. A real feast of cultural and social information. A must see!

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Reviewed 11 May 2018

Limited entry price (less than 20 EUR for a family of 6) gives you access to some of the best views of La Rochelle. Must Do even if they are quite similar at the end.

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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Had a weekend break in La Rochelle and the towers were a must do. Great value at all 3 towers for €9 and you are able to do them over a couple of days as they are somewhat similar. Iconic views of La Rochelle and...More

1  Thank John S
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

The towers of La Rochelle typify the historic nature of this beautiful town..with the old port and the pavement cafés it is indeed the Jewel in the crown of the west coast of France

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Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

One of the few tourist attractions open. All very historical and a very good video of how La Rochelle was part of Frances development/migration to Nouvelle France -Canada. 9 euro to see all 3 towers over a couple of days. Bargain.

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Reviewed 21 January 2018

We visited in January to find that St Nicholas Tower was closed. There was significant road works going on around the harbour. Chain Tour and the Lantern Towers were both open and particularly Lantern Tower provided a snapshot in history of the unfortunate inmates who...More

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