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Towers of La Rochelle

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Address: Vieux Port, 17000, La Rochelle, France
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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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Will keep you fit!

There are three towers, of different heights and designs, all requiring lots of climbing steps. The views from the top are awesome. The steps are a little narrow / steep and you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are three towers, of different heights and designs, all requiring lots of climbing steps. The views from the top are awesome. The steps are a little narrow / steep and you do need to take a little bit of care. You can pay individually for each Tower access, but it is much cheaper to buy a ticket for all... More 

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Toulouse, France
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

nice sght when you go for a walk on the port, a bit like a small replica of the doors on the sea in Bombay,

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Three remarkable towers to explore, with centuries of stories to absorb. Look out or ask for the information in English, Spanish or German.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth a visit for the views over La Rochelle. The narrow stairs are steep and a little claustrophobic but as they date back to the middle ages it's not surprising!

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Did not go inside, just admired them from the outside - close up and from afar, but I'm sure the views from the top would be great. These are visually what I'll remember most of La Rochelle - the 14th century towers and it's pretty port. They have an interesting history indeed - serving as both protection and prisons for... More 

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Speers Point, Australia
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Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Very interesting and worth while to visit all three towers. The price is very reasonable with a lot of information inside each one. The view of the city and harbour from the top of the towers is amazing. To see so many yachts tied up in the mariners is unbelievable Be ready to use some steps to go up and... More 

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Reviewed 9 January 2017

Definitely for the able bodied, some of the stair climbs are quite steep, and the stairs narrow. But the views absolutely breath-taking. The prison cell graffiti is amazing in the Lantern Tower. All three are unique. We did them as part of the Town tour walk so easily incorporated in a walk. I would allow at least an hour per... More 

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Reviewed 28 November 2016

Less to look at in the towers than you would think, which is a shame as they aren’t cheap and the amount of history that they have witnessed you would imagine that they would have more on display. Still it was fun for my small children though the steps are narrow and numerous. I also wasn’t too keen on the... More 

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Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful view. The entrance to the old harbour is flanked by two lovely towers. You can walk around the old harbour along the right hand side as you face the sea. Then find a shady spot to watch the small boats come in and out of the harbour. Even better if you bring a nice picnic bought from all... More 

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Wolfville, Canada
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

The towers are not to be missed, and it is important to see all three of them to obtain a context for their place in La Rochelle history (get a combined ticket, it is cheaper). The Chaîne Tower was built between 1382 and 1390 and ths tower housed the chain that controlled the flow of boat traffic. At the top... More 

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