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Towers of La Rochelle

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Address: Vieux Port, 17000, La Rochelle, France
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+33 5 46 34 11 81
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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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Have a look from outside or visit the towers.

Towers of La Rochelle contributes to the glamor of the city. You can walk around the towers through the old stoned street or visit the towers with a guide.

Reviewed 5 days ago
nanne66
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Towers of La Rochelle contributes to the glamor of the city. You can walk around the towers through the old stoned street or visit the towers with a guide.

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Sydney, Australia
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53 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visit of all 3 tours possible with combined ticket for only 9 euros (ticket can be used over several days). Not much for a couple of hours sightseeing and plenty of photo opportunities. Towers are located close to each other but quite a few stairs to climb once inside. Although similar each provide something a little different so worth making... More 

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Bicester, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good to see, interesting but pick the time you go, as it gets so crowded you can't park or see anything for the people!

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Whitby, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 311 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very pretty and must have good views from the top. Unfortunately they were closed when we visited at 6pm on a Thursday afternoon.

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On entering the first tower we were offered tickets for one or two towers we choose to undertake just one as I have a little difficulties with stairs. The staff spoke English and were able to give us a large guide booklet in English to use as we went up th stairs to the different levels. All of the rooms... More 

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Andover, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Three very different towers with a little walk between each and lots of steps to climb! Only 9 euros to enter all three but beware that they close for lunch between 13;00 and 14:15. Stunning views from the top. Plenty of information in English. Good attraction.

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

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 11 April 2017

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 29 March 2017 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 27 March 2017

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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