Tickets for Towers of La Rochelle: Fast Track

Explore La Rochelle's historic towers, guarding the city for almost 1000 years

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What's included

Entrance to Tour Saint Nicolas
Entrance to Tour de la Lanterne
Entrance to Tour de la Chaîne
Booklet in English, French, Dutch, Spanish, German, Russian, Italian

What's not included

Audio guide (available on site for €3 in English, French, Spanish, German)
  • Explore La Rochelle's stunning coastal fortifications, and see how the port city defended itself for almost 1000 years
  • See the Chain Tower which guarded the entrance against foreign intruders, the Lantern Tower which guided ships from across the Atlantic, and the Saint Nicolas Tower, whose dungeons held captured pirates and political prisoners
  • Climb to the top of any tower for panoramic views of La Rochelle and the Atlantic coast!

The three mighty towers of La Rochelle are an enduring symbol of the city's rich seafaring heritage and power, which goes back to the 12th century. Flanking the city's harbor, these silent sentinels have served as lighthouses, fortified defenses, living quarters, and even political prisons. This is an unmissable opportunity to discover France's seafaring history.

The towers were designed to guide and control arriving ships, as well as to defend the city.

The Chain Tower is named for the huge chain which connected to its partner tower Saint Nicolas, blocking entry to the port. The Lantern Tower acted as a lighthouse, welcoming ships from the Atlantic Ocean. But there's much more to these towers than that.

The Lantern, Saint Nicolas, and Chain towers were built almost 1000 years ago, and have played a vital role in the history and development of La Rochelle ever since.

Wherever you turn you'll find fascinating stories about La Rochelle's history and learn all about the people who lived and worked in the towers.

Insider tip

On your visit you can see graffiti carved by the pirates and political prisoners who were locked in the dungeons. Some of it is surprisingly rude – some things never change!


Getting There:

  • Train to La Rochelle station + 10 minutes walking to Tour St Nicolas.
Monday 10:00 - 13:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 13:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 13:00
Thursday 10:00 - 13:00
Friday 10:00 - 13:00
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00
Sunday 10:00 - 13:00
Monday 14:15 - 17:30
Tuesday 14:15 - 17:30
Wednesday 14:15 - 17:30
Thursday 14:15 - 17:30
Friday 14:15 - 17:30
Saturday 14:15 - 17:30
Sunday 14:15 - 17:30
Tours de La Rochelle
Place de la Chaîne, 17000, La Rochelle
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