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“Great views from the tower”

Tour Philippe le Bel
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Auckland, New Zealand
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107 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Great views from the tower”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

As others have already pointed out, the main attraction for this tower is the great views of both Avignon and the Fort St.Andre in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. There's a good discussion of the history of the tower and bridge at Avignon as well, although the ability to read French is useful to understand this.

Visited June 2014
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“Great location - stunning views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

Once at the end of the Pont Saint Benezet, until the bridge collapsed and the river also changed course, the tower now stands somewhat inland, on the opposite side of the River Rhone from Avignon.

Opening times are a bit hit and miss, and very dependent on the season, but it is cheap entry with stunning views to be had from the very top, both over towards Avignon and the Palais des Papes and further over VilleNeuve-les-Avignon and Fort Saint Andre. You also get to find out a bit of history of the tower from the information points on the way to the top.

Visited June 2013
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“Interesting piece of the Avignon jigsaw puzzle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

Thought to be the tower to which the bridge used to be attached there is an interesting video shown (with English subtitles) which shows how science and technology are helping to piece back the history of this monument. And of course the views are great too!

Visited April 2014
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“Wonderful views and interesting history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

The tower offers great views and is very inexpensive to climb. There are rooms to stop in on your way up that offer a plethora of historical information. The view from the top offers spendid views of Fort Andre and Avignon. A few things to note: pay attention to the hours, which seemed very random and change each season; the first 3 times we went by it (on our way to other excursions) it was closed. Also, the narrow, winding stairs you walk up are the same you walk down; I was thankful it was not crowded and didn't encounter people going up when I was walking down. Finally, make sure you don't go on a very windy day, I saw signs that indicated people would not be allowed to walk to the top on such occasions.

Visited October 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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137 attraction reviews
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“Small but Tall Tower in Great Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

Tour Phillippe le Bel is a historical site over the Rhone river from Avignon. Entry fee is Euro 4.50 for the tower. Three levels are connected by a lot of stairs. Great views of the region are available from the top, especially across to Avignon.
For anyone with balance issues, the stairs can be challenging as they are spirals and tight, but for those that do not it is good.

Visited September 2013
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