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  • Tour the 3 architectural symbols of La Rochelle - Saint Nicolas Tower, Chain Tower, and Lantern Tower.
  • View the largest Tour Saint Nicolas, a formidable military building showcasing La Rochelle’s power and wealth.
  • Explore Tour de la Chaine, the oldest of the three which draws its name from its huge connector chain.
  • Discover the medieval lighthouse of Tour de la Lanterne depicting graffiti done by sailors and prisoners.
  • A 1-hour tour is available at all three tours in French if you please to know more.
  • Tour the 3 architectural symbols of La Rochelle - Saint Nicolas Tower, Chain Tower, and Lantern Tower.
  • View the largest Tour Saint Nicolas, a formidable military building showcasing La Rochelle’s power and wealth.
  • Explore Tour de la Chaine, the oldest of the three which draws its name from its huge connector chain.
  • Discover the medieval lighthouse of Tour de la Lanterne depicting graffiti done by sailors and prisoners.
  • A 1-hour tour is available at all three tours in French if you please to know more.

Inclusions

  • Entry to Tour Saint Nicolas (closed for renovation work until further notice)
  • Entry to Tour de la Lanterne
  • Entry to Tour de la Chaîne
  • 1-hr tour of each tower in French (optional)
  • Information booklet in 7 languages

Exclusions

  • Transfers
  • Audioguide
  • Please note that there is free admission during the following days: European Heritage Days on the third weekend of Sep, and every first Monday of the month from Nov to Mar.
  • Please note that there is free admission for EU residents under the age of 26 and for anyone else under the age of 18.
  • The booklet is available in 7 languages including French, English, Spanish, Dutch, German, Italian, and Russian.
  • The route includes many steps.
  • The monument does not have restrooms.
  • Note that the following are not allowed on this tour: suitcases, large hiking bikes, outside food, smoking, pets.
  • The experience is restricted for minor guests if they aren't accompanied by parents or adults.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled. However, you can use them any time until 25 February, 2025.
  • These tickets are valid until 25 February, 2025.

NOTE: La Rochelle Towers is about an hour away from the Loire Valley

Visiting the Towers of La Rochelle

La Rochelle, a picturesque coastal gem in France is nestled along the Bay of Biscay. Among its many charms, lies the Towers of La Rochelle.  These towering sentinels, including the Tour de la Lanterne and the Tour de la Chaîne, are visually captivating and steeped in historical significance. Dating back to the medieval era, they once guarded the bustling harbor and played a crucial role in the maritime history of La Rochelle. 

Read on to learn about your best Towers of La Rochelle ticket options and what to expect while visiting the site.

Why Visit the Towers of La Rochelle?

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  • Rich History: The Towers of La Rochelle boast centuries of history, offering a fascinating glimpse into the maritime past of this charming coastal town.
  • Spectacular Views: Climb to the top for breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the picturesque town of La Rochelle.
  • Architectural Marvels: Explore three distinct towers, each with its unique architectural charm - Saint-Nicolas, La Chaîne, and the Lantern.
  • Maritime Heritage: Immerse yourself in the world of seafaring with exhibitions and displays showcasing La Rochelle's maritime heritage.
  • Cultural Significance: Discover the cultural significance of these iconic landmarks and their role in the city's development.

Towers of La Rochelle Highlights

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Contemporary Art and Graffiti

These iconic structures aren't just relics of the past; they double as canvases for contemporary art and graffiti. The walls surrounding the towers showcase an array of street art and murals, injecting the urban into the medieval architecture.

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Tour de la Chaîne

The middle-sized tower was once connected to the Tour Saint-Nicolas by a chain, which was used to block the entrance to the harbor. It now houses a museum about the history of the city.

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The Saint-Nicolas Tower

The largest and most impressive of the three towers, it offers stunning views of the city and the harbor. Its walls are up to six meters thick, and it once housed a chapel and a prison.

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The Tour de la Lanterne

The oldest of the three towers, it was originally built as a lighthouse. It is now a museum of maritime history, and its walls are covered in graffiti carved by prisoners who were held there in the 17th century.

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The Double Helix Staircase

This spiral staircase in the Tour Saint-Nicolas is one of the steepest and most challenging in France. It is said to have been designed to slow down attackers who tried to storm the tower.

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The Chapel

The chapel in the Tour Saint-Nicolas is one of the few remaining examples of Gothic architecture in La Rochelle. It is decorated with beautiful stained glass windows and statues.

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The Prison Cells

The Tour de la Lanterne once housed a prison, and its cells are still decorated with graffiti carved by prisoners. These graffiti provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the prisoners who were held there.

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The Views

The Towers of La Rochelle offer stunning views of the city, the harbor, and the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day, you can even see the Île de Ré and the Île d'Oléron.

Plan Your Visit to the Towers of La Rochelle

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La Rochelle
  • From April 1 to June 30: 
    Daily: 10 AM to 1 PM and 2:15 PM to 6:30 PM
  • From July 1 to August 31:
    Daily: 10 AM to 6:30 PM
  • From September 1 to September 30:
    Daily: 10 AM to 1 PM and 2:15 PM to 6:30 PM
  • From October 1 to March 31:
    Daily: 10 AM to 1 PM and 2:15 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Last Entry: 45 minutes before the closing time
  • Closed On: Closed on the 1st Monday morning of each month, January 1, May 1 and December 25.
La Rochelle

Address: La Rochelle Towers, Tour Saint-Nicolas, Vieux Port, Rue de l'Armide, 17 000 La Rochelle

Find on Maps

  • By Train: SNFC operates a train to La Rochelle
    Nearest Stop: La Rochelle Porte Dauphine
  • By Bus: 20 and 7
    Nearest Stop: La Rochelle - Hôpital (A SCHWEITZER)
  • By Car: Distance from La Rochelle Airport: 5.2 km 
    Car Parking: Onepark Parking La Rochelle; Zenpark Parking La Rochelle - Université - Suit'etudes
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  • To access the towers, tickets must be purchased, with exceptions for free entry to minors under 18 and young individuals aged 18 to 25 from the EU.
  • It's important not to touch the displays or artefacts housed in the towers.
  • Inside the towers, refrain from using flash photography, which could harm the artworks and furnishings.
  • Keep in mind that bringing food or drinks inside the towers is not allowed.
  • Stick to assigned paths and specified areas while exploring the towers.
  • Smoking isn't permitted within the towers or their premises.
  • Follow instructions from staff and security for a smooth and safe visit.
  • Show consideration by using designated bins for proper trash disposal and respecting the towers and their environment.
Old Port (Vieux Port)
  • Old Port (Vieux Port): Just steps away, the Old Port is a bustling hub offering charming waterfront views, vibrant markets, and a variety of dining options, making it a perfect extension of your tower visit.
  • La Rochelle Aquarium: Embark on an underwater adventure at the renowned aquarium nearby, home to diverse marine life exhibits, interactive displays, and captivating oceanic experiences.
  • Maritime Museum (Musée Maritime): Dive deeper into La Rochelle's maritime heritage at this museum, showcasing intricate ship models, historical artifacts, and captivating stories of seafaring history.
  • Saint-Louis Cathedral: A short stroll from the towers, this impressive cathedral with its stunning architecture and serene ambiance provides a tranquil contrast to the bustling harbor atmosphere.

Visitor Tips

  • Get your tickets beforehand to skip waiting in line.
  • Wear comfy footwear, especially if you're climbing the towers—there's quite a bit of walking involved.
  • Don't forget your camera to capture the amazing harbour and city views.
  • Double-check tower opening hours, which might change with the seasons.
  • Enhance your visit with a guided tour, diving into the towers' captivating history and architecture.
  • Discover the last stretch of medieval city walls leading to the Tour de la Lanterne.
  • Try a water bus ride to the Saint-Nicolas Tower for a unique harbor and tower perspective.
  • Explore La Rochelle's shops, eateries, and attractions for a complete experience.

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Towers of La Rochelle entry tickets cost €9.50.

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What are the Towers of La Rochelle?

The Towers of La Rochelle are medieval defensive structures located in the port city of La Rochelle, France. They consist of three towers: Saint-Nicolas, La Chaîne, and the Lantern.

How can I get access to the Towers of La Rochelle?

You can get access to the Towers of La Rochelle with entry tickets.

Where are the Towers of La Rochelle located?

Towers of La Rochelle are located at La Rochelle Towers, Tour Saint-Nicolas, Vieux Port, Rue de l'Armide, 17 000 La Rochelle.

What are some of the highlights of the Towers of La Rochelle?

The towers offer panoramic views of the city and harbor. Saint-Nicolas Tower served as a lighthouse, La Chaîne Tower guarded the harbor entrance, and the Lantern Tower housed prisoners.

How to reach the Towers of La Rochelle?

You can reach the Towers of La Rochelle by car, metro, and bus.

What are the timings of the Towers of La Rochelle?

Towers of La Rochelle are open from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Are Towers of La Rochelle wheelchair accessible?

No. The Towers of La Rochelle are not wheelchair accessible.

Is photography allowed in the Towers of La Rochelle?

Yes. Photography is allowed in the Towers of La Rochelle.

Is it worth visiting the Towers of La Rochelle?

Yes, visiting the Towers of La Rochelle is worth it for history enthusiasts and those seeking picturesque views. The towers provide insights into medieval maritime defenses and offer unique perspectives of the city's surroundings.