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“Definitely worth a visit”
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Tour Magne
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Roman Sites Small-Group Day Trip from Avignon, Including Nîmes and Uzès
Ranked #4 of 57 things to do in Nimes
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Tour Magne, i.e. the Great Tower, is the only tower left standing from the Roman city walls. The top of the tower of 140 steps provides a striking panoramic view of Nimes.
Reviewed 18 July 2014

Signposting in France is a hit or miss affair and we made the mistake of following the 'Piėtons' (pedestrians) sign from the Maison Carrėe, which took us up a long, fairly steep street to the tower, rather than the shorter route up through the gardens. It was a very hot day and we were very glad of the cold drinks machines in the base of the tower.

Once inside, using our three attraction tickets bought at Les Arènes, we found the history of the tower on a series of panels at the foot of the spiral staircase. We visited at lunch time, when it was fairly quiet, and had no problems meeting people coming down the narrow staircase, and for a time had the view to ourselves. It was slightly hazy so the view was really confined to the city, the whole of which was spread out below us.

The interior of the tower was excavated and the contents removed in the 17th century in search of hidden treasure, which was never found, but it is still an interesting structure.

We returned via the gardens, which are delightful, and the cool shade of the upper parts was in contrast to the baking heat around the tower.

Well worth the effort.

Thank IanfaeAiberdeen
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

A great view of Nime awaits the climb up the tower. There is also a good display of the history of the site. This was the highest point in the acient city so interesting.

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Reviewed 11 May 2014

11.5E pp gets you a triple ticket good over 3 days for admission to the Amphitheater, Tour Magne and Maison Carree. A bit of a slog to get to the tower from the gardens below, then another 100+ steps to the top. Well, that's good exercise anyway. They have a few interesting placards in the bottom part in French and English to give you some background of the tower from Roman times to modern day. The view from the top is nice but the viewing platform is very small and becomes crowded very quickly. Only bother with this if you have lots of time in Nimes AND a nice, clear day.

Thank Linda S
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

The Great Tower is a partially ruined ancient Roman watchtower located in the Jardins de la Fontaine. We walked to the gardens from the train station, climbed up the hill where the tower is located, then climbed up to the top of the tower! It was quite a workout. The spiral stairs up and down the tower are narrow but easy to climb. At the top there is room for several people at most, and you get about a 180 degree view of the city. We were lucky that it was a clear, sunny day and the view was amazing. There was only one other couple up there with us, so we were able to spend a fair bit of time at the top, enjoying the view and the breeze.

Thank christiiiiine
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

The walk through the gardens and up towards the tower are not as daunting as it may at first appear. You can't quite see it from the bottom where you're heading but there are signs. Not always clear, but they're there. There are some fab shady spots and a picnic area before the summit.
As I walked through the trees, I saw a group who'd met to recite poetry.
The tower itself has a spiral staircase which isn't too bad a climb. I was fascinated with some of the really old pencil grafitti!
I spent quite a while at the top taking panoramas and trying to spot other places of interest. It was a beautiful day so clear views all around. Take water!

Thank Debs W
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