Tours de La Rochelle, La Rochelle (17000)


Facing the Atlantic Ocean, the towers are the remains of a major fortification programme built from the 12th century onwards by the City of La Rochelle. All year round, the towers host exhibitions and events.
A true urban keep and palatial residence facing the ocean, this military building symbolizes the power and wealth of La Rochelle. 42 meters high, its architecture is based on a labyrinth of stairs and corridors built into the thickness of the walls.

Gateway to the Old Port, the Chain Tower monitored the movement of boats, the traffic of the port and collected duties and taxes. The Tower regularly hosts temporary exhibitions. Until May 3, 2021: "C'est arrivé demain" (It happened tomorrow) Explore the universe of science fiction comics through innovative installations!

TOUR DE LA LANTERNE (Dite des 4 sergents):
The last medieval lighthouse on the Atlantic coast, 55 metres high, topped by an octagonal gothic spire, the tower served throughout its history as a lighthouse and prison. It contains more than 600 graffiti sculpted by prisoners over 3 centuries.

Dispositions spéciales COVID 19

Privilégiez l'achat de votre billet en ligne sur notre site internet. L'accès à la visite est limité à 25 personnes en simultané jusqu'au 9 juin, puis 50 personnes.

Languages spoken

Français, Anglais

Label and chains

Qualité Tourisme™, Accueil Vélo, Vélo Francette®, La Vélodyssée

Equipments & services

Defibrillator, Educational visits, Guided tours

Conditions of visit

Unguided individual tours available permanently, Guided individual tours available permanently, Guided individual tours on request

On-site activities

Children's entertainment, Temporary exhibition, Shows, Handicrafts workshops


parking Vieux Port Ouest payant à proximité des tours de la Lanterne et de la Chaîne parking Vieux Port Sud payant à proximité de la tour Saint Nicolas

Rates (€)

Full price: 9.50 €
Adult: 9.50 €
Teenager: 0 €
Child: 0 €
Group adults: 7.50 €.

Free entry for children < 18 years, Job-seeker, teachers, disabled people and accompanying persons.
Group rate available for > 20 people.

Payment methods

  • Bank/credit card
  • Cash
  • Chèques Vacances
  • Check


From 01/01 to 31/12
Opening hours daily between 10 am and 1 pm and between 2.15 pm and 6 pm.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

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