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Planning a short break to La Rochelle? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in La Rochelle. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to La Rochelle. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Musee d'Histoire Naturelle

28 rue Albert-1er. This ethnography and zoology museum is housed in an 18th century building, which is surrounded by a beautiful garden. Exhibitions display include rare shellfish; a statue from Easter Island; an embalmed giraffe given to Charles X ; and a parade boat encrusted with gems that was presented to Napoleon III by the king of Siam.

The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10h00 -12h30 and 13h30 - 17h30; and weekends 14h00 - 18h00. Admission is $4.50 for adults and free for children under 18.

Tour St Nicolas

Located at Quai du Gabut. This is the oldest tower in La Rochelle and was built between 1371 and 1382. From the second floor you can enjoy a spectacular view of the town and harbour and from the top you can see only the old town and Ile d'Oleron. This is a sight not to be missed when in La Rochelle. The Tour St Nicolas is open April to September Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00 - 19h00; and October to March Tuesday to Sunday from 09h30 - 12h30 and 14h00 - 17h30. Admission is $4.80 for adults; $3 for students and people aged 18 - 25; and free for children under 18.

Musee du Nouveau-Monde

10 rue Fleuriau. Housed in an 18th century town house rich with architectural details, this museum is one of the most interesting in La Rochelle. The exhibitions follow the port's 300 year history with the New World. Exhibitions start with the discovery of the Mississippi Delta in 1682 by LaSalle and end with the settling of the Louisiana territory. Other exhibitions display French settlements in the West Indies, such as Guadeloupe and Martinique. The museum is open Wednesday to Monday from 10h30 - 12h30 and 13h30 - 18h00; and Sunday 15h00 - 18h00. Admission is $4.20 for adults and free for children under 18.

Aquarium de La Rochelle

Located at Port des Minimes. This is one of La rochelle's most popular attractions, especially for children. Inside you'll find guided walkways that stretch over two floors of massive and bubbling seawater tanks loaded with approximately 10,000 species of flora and fauna from the oceans of the world, living in natural habitats. There is plenty for the kids to see and do, so expect to spend quite a while here. The aquarium is open October to March everyday from 10h00 - 20h00; April to June and September everyday from 09h00 - 20h00; and July to August everyday from 09h00 - 23h00. Admission is $13.25 for adults and $9.65 for students and children 3 - 17.

For more information visit: www.aquarium-larochelle.com

Musee des Beaux-Arts

28 rue Gargolleau. This museum occupies an Episcopal palace, which was built in the middle of the 18th century. The houses art collections from the 15th to the 19th centuries, with works by Eustache Le Sueur; Brossard de Beaulieu; Corot; and Fromentin. It also has some 20th century pieces, which include works by Maillol and Leger. The museum is open Wednesday to Monday from 14h00 - 17h00. Admission is $4.20 for adults and free for children under 17.

Hotel de France, d'Angleterre et Champlain

20 rue Rambaud. This is the best hotel in La Rochelle, and is located close to the major parks and the old port. The hotel is furnished with a combination of antiques and art objects. The hotel has a beautiful garden filled with flowers; shrubs; and trees. The hotel also serves breakfast and has a laundry service. The rooms are comfortable and stylish, with airconditioning; TV; minibar; hair dryer; telephone; and a full bathroom.

Relais Gourmand-Richard Coutanceau

Plage de la Concurrence. This restaurant is the most glamorous and finest in La Rochelle, as well as along the Atlantic coast. It is a circular concrete pavilion in a pine-filled park, and has big bay windows, which overlook the sea.They serve a wide range of modern French cuisine, including lobster-filled ravioli with zucchini flowers; ragout of lobster; and freshwater crayfish in aspic with oysters. The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from 12h00 - 14h00 and 19h30 - 21h30. Reservations are required as the restaurant gets very busy.

Hotel de Ville

Place de la Mairie, in the city centre. The town's 14th century City Hall is built in Flamboyant Gothic style, with battlements. Inside you can view the Henry II staircase with canopies, as well as the marble desk of the heroic Jean Guiton. This is a sight not to be missed on your first visit to La Rochelle. You can only visit the City Hall by guided toours, which must be reserved in advance. The tours run everyday June to September at 15h00 and 16h00; and October to May Saturday to Sunday at 15h00. Tours cost $3.60 for adults; $1.80 for students and children 4 12; and free for children under 4.

Tour de la Lanterne

Opposite Tour St-Nicolas, quai du Gabut. This tower was built between 1445 and 1476. It was once a lighthouse, but was mainly used as a jail up untill the 19th century. It is a sight not to be missed, and offers lovely views over La Rochelle. The Tour de la Lanterne is open April to September Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00 - 19h00; and October to March Tuesday to Sunday from 09h30 - 12h30 and 14h00 - 17h30. Admission is $4.80 for adults; $3.20 for students and poeple aged between 18 and 25; and free for children under 18.

Musee d'Obigny-Bernon

2 rue St-Come. The museum's collection includes the most important artifacts that deal with the history of ceramics and of La Rochelle. It was founded in 1917, and the museum also contains an excellent collection of Far Eastern art.

There are also very interesting exhibitions and photographs of La Rochelle in World War II

The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10h00 - 12h30 and 13h30 17h30; and weekends from 14h00 - 18h00. Admission is $4.20 for adults and free for children under 19.

User Suggestions

The park - Natural Attraction

Don't forget to visit the lage park within La Rochelle which stretches from seafront into the city . Excellent wildlife , amusments and fun bike hire available .

Plage de les minimes - Natural Attraction

A nice small Beach with white sand .. with beach volley and a nice view.

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