Tours de La Rochelle

Panoramic views of the city, harbour and islands.

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.


Tours Saint-Nicolas, de la Chaîne et de la Lanterne
Vieux Port - B.P. 1102
17088 La Rochelle cedex 2
> tel./fax : (33) (0)5 46 41 74 13
tel./fax : (33) (0)5 46 34 11 81

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> Exhibition program all around the year
Maximum group size without splitting up:50 people (unaccompanied tour)
18 people (guided tour)

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

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

Practical information


La Rochelle Centre des monuments nationaux
Résidence "La Corvette"
22, quai Louis Durand
B.P. 1102
17088 La Rochelle cedex 2
Ph. : 33/ (0)5 46 41 33 14Fax : 33 / (0)5 46 41 74 13
GPS coordinatesLatitude : 46.1586Longitude : -1.1485Plan your route


Useful addresses:

La Rochelle Tourist office
tél. : (33) (0)5 46 41 14 68

Charentes Tourism Board 
tél.: (33) (0)5 46 31 71 71

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