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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COGNAC ET PINEAU NORMANDIN-MERCIER
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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...

Francis Giraudon
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The old gate of the 12th-century wall that separated the port from the city. The solid 14th-century base had two openings, one for pedestrians and the other for carriages until 1672, when a single arcade was made. Similarly, in 1746, its pepperpot roofs were replaced by a dome decorated with pilasters, columns and cupids...

CLOITRE DES DAMES BLANCHES
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In the XVII° century the Récollets, Franciscans who settled in La Rochelle after the Great Siege of 1628 built their convent from a large parcel of land. After the Revolution the "Dames Blanches", a women's religious order settled in the convent. In 1988 the town bought the convent and later on the Communauté...

Francis Giraudon
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On 28 June 2013 at 1.55pm, a serious fire broke out in the Town Hall building in La Rochelle. Behind its high Gothic wall topped by a belfry tower, this iconic building of the city held many souvenirs, including those relating to the Siege, the Aldermen's Hall, the Great Festival Hall and the Jean Guiton Office with its...

CATHEDRALE ST LOUIS
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After the Siege of 1628, the Catholics saw fit to make the former Protestant stronghold the head of a diocese. So it needed a cathedral. Jacques Gabriel drew up the plans but died just before the first stone was laid in 1742. His son and successor, Jacques-Ange Gabriel, directed the construction from afar, helped in 1773 by the...

MUSEE DE L'AUTOMOBILE
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About 1000m², discover the incredible collection of the museum of the automobile of Ciré d'Aunis: more than 60 vehicles dating from 1912 to 1973, enamelled plates, pumps with essence ... a real jump in the time! Open from May 1st to October 30th, every day from 2pm to 7pm. Prices : 8 € for adults Free for children under...

Francis Giraudon
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Since the 13th century, the port of La Rochelle has occupied this location. It is likely that from the beginning it was fortified. The remaining towers date from the 14th and 15th centuries. They survived the destruction of the enclosure after the siege of 1628. On either side of the entrance are the Saint-Nicolas Tower, the...

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