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Address: Opposite Tour St-Nicolas, La Rochelle, France

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Climb to the top

We enjoyed our visit to The Lantern Tower or The Four Sergeants Tower on the waterfront at La Rochelle. Not only was it used as a signal for ships but as a prison. There are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 December 2016
Barbara L
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Mooloolaba, Australia
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Mooloolaba, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We enjoyed our visit to The Lantern Tower or The Four Sergeants Tower on the waterfront at La Rochelle. Not only was it used as a signal for ships but as a prison. There are 162 steps up the spiral staircase to the top walkway but it's not a hard climb, especially if you stop on each floor to read... More 

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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Well, you can't miss it and there's little point in going to La Rochelle if you don't take a look and trust me, if you have any inclination towards things historical it will be worth it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Very limited artefacts exhibited but the view is worth the staircase getting tinier and tinier as you go up. Watch out for the graffiti too from prisoners, testament from its rich history. Shame the person at reception was terribly rude (did not even say hello or goodbye).

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Poitiers, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

If you go all the way to the top, the views are incredible! It can be windy, but it wasn't too bad the day I was there. The carvings from the prisoners was interesting, but I had made my way through here in about 30 minutes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015

Free for me as aged between 18 and 25 but paid for the brochure as felt I should pay something. Great view, lots to take on. Incredible history behind it and if you don't speak French, a lot of it is provided in English as well. Best when not busy due to the stairs. Not ideal if you are not... More 

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Hertford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013 via mobile

This is inspiring yet disturbing. To think that this lighthouse doubled up as a prison is weird. Yet they were not locked in, other than in the tower, so could walk up and down the stairs doing graffiti on the way! A must for any visitor.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2012

What a joy, a museum of historic graffiti . Fantastic that someone had the foresight to preserve this piece of history. I even found reference to men from my home town who had been held in the tower & immortalised by their carvings 350 years ago . Add to that the great views over La Rochelle - really hard to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

After climbing some 200 steps you can ascend the towers of La Rochelle to find some amazing views of the city! Plus it's free for under 26s with an EU passport

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2012 via mobile

We visited la Rochelle with our 8 yr old and 4 yr old and went up the middle tower, they loved it! Amazing views over this beautiful city, we walked along the wall to the beach. Enjoyable day out in this historical merchants city.

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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

Just an old tower but interesting enough and nice to look at.

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