Museums and tourist attractions

Whether you are in a distinctive hotel from the 18th century, on a boat, in one of the biggest private aquariums in Europe, in scenery recreated to size, in real bustling wineries or castles; La Rochelle’s museums and tourist attractions in the heart of La Rochelle and the surrounding area take you on incredible journeys to the heart of science, art, history and nature... Now boarding!

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CHATEAU DE BUZAY
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Built in around 1770, the Château de Buzay is testament to the way of life in La Rochelle at the time that the privileged links between its port and the New World colonies were established.

LA GROSSE HORLOGE
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The Town Clock is on the gateway tower situated in what remains of the medieval town wall separating the old town and the harbour. The XIV century massive base had two gates, one for carriages and one for pedestrians, but was altered to one archway in 1672. In 1746 the pepper-box roofs were replaced by a dome with pilasters,...

MAISON HENRI II
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A marvellous renaissance building, of which only the gallery exists to this day. It used to unite two much grander buildings. The decor pays homage to the great sculptors who worked at that time in La Rochelle. The curved, colonnaded windows are in the etruscan style on the ground floor, Ionian on the first. The frieze is of...

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TOURS DE LA ROCHELLE
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Saint Nicolas Tower : This military building facing the ocean symbolises the power and wealth of La Rochelle. Both a true keep, 42 metres high, and a residence, it was constructed around a labyrinth of staircases and corridors built within its walls. Chain Tower : From this Tower, entry to the old port, movement of ships was...

CHATEAU DE LA PÉRAUDIÈRE
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The Normandin-Mercier Cognac and Pineau des Charentes house is open for you to visit its old distillery and cellars, and for you to taste its Cognacs and Pineau de Charentes. There are also workshops where you can learn even more about the art of tasting or blending. Visits and tastings from Monday to Friday at 10 am and 2:30...

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