Tours de La Rochelle

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Location : In town

Province : Pays d’Aunis and the coastline, La Rochelle, Rochefort and Marennes

Services

  • Chèques Vacances (Holiday voucher)
  • Credit card accepted
  • Disable access
  • English spoken
  • Open all year round
  • English
    • Panoramic views of the city, harbour and islands.
      Looking out to theAtlantic, the Tour Saint-Nicolas (14th century), the Tour de la Chaîne (14th century) and the Tour de la Lanterne (12th and 15th century) are the remains of a great fortification cation building campaign undertaken in the City of La Rochelle from 1199. The “Tour Saint Nicolas” and “Tour de la Chaine” 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.

      RECEPTION
      Subject to modification.

      Open
      1st April to 30th September: 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
      Mondays from October to March (except school holidays)

      Accessibility
      Tower of la Chaîne, number of floors visited during the tour: 3
      Tower Saint-Nicolas, number of floors visited during the tour: 5
      Tower of la Lanterne, number of floors visited during the tour: 7


      FACILITIES
      - Gift shop
      - Seating available during the tour
      - Parking for coaches 500 m
      - Function room rental: capacity 104 seated people and 150 people up

      TOURS
      Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet
      French, English, German, Spanish, Dutch, Russian
      Reservations: 1 day
      Duration: 30 min to 1 hr by tower

      Audio-guide tour
      French, English, Spanish, German

      Guided tour
      French, English (upon availabilities)
      Reservations: 3 days
      Duration: 45 min to 1 hr by tower

      Maximum group size without splitting up:
      50 people (unaccompanied tour) 18 people (guided tour)

      Children playbook
      French, English

      Cultural events
      Throughout the year, according to the program: www.tours-la-rochelle.fr/en


      RATES
      1 Tower ticket
      Rate for tourism professionals and groups (minimum 20 people)
      Concessions : 5 €
      Adults : 6 €
      Joint ticket “Tower of la Lanterne, tower of Saint-Nicolas and tower of la Chaîne”
      Rate for tourism professionals and groups (minimum 20 people)
      Concessions : 7 €
      Adults : 9 €
      Free admission: minors under 18*
      Free admission: 18-25 years old (
      EU nationals and regularised EU residents)
      * excluding school groups
      Extra charge:
      Audio-guide tour 3 € per person

      ACCESS
      From Poitiers/Paris: A10 direction Bordeaux, exit 33, then N11
      From Bordeaux: A10 direction Paris, A837, then N137
      From Nantes: A83 direction Bordeaux exit 7, then N137 and N11
      Cycle Route “Vélodyssée”: 500 m final leg between Sables-d’Olonne and La Rochelle

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Rue Sur Les Murs
17000 La Rochelle

GPS coordinates

46° 9'20.72"N, 1° 9'12.24"W

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