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Tickets for Cité de Carcassonne - Visit the Castle and the Ramparts

Southern France's famous fortified medieval city

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Smartphone tickets accepted
Wheelchair accessible
Opening hours
01 April - 30 September: 10:00 - 18:30. 01 October - 31 December: 09:30 - 17:30. 02 January - 31 March: 09:30 - 17:00

Highlights

  • The 13th-century citadel is one of France's most popular and impressive historic attractions
  • Originally a 3rd-century BC Gaulish city, Romans, Visigoths, Saracens, and Crusaders have all claimed it. Now it's your turn!
  • In the 19th century, Carcassonne was slated for demolition, but thanks to one of Europe's largest restoration projects, you can still walk the ramparts and discover its history in the museum

Description

Cité de Carcassonne attracts as many visitors each year as the more-famous Mont Saint-Michel. Even if you don't know this city, a visit here will captivate your imagination. 2,500 years of history, and massive 13th-century fortified walls, watchtowers, ramparts, and a castle call medieval sieges to mind. The museum (included in this ticket) also bring this fascinating history to life.

To enter the Cité de Carcassonne is to step into the world of medieval trade and travel - much like the beloved table game Carcassonne.

With this ticket you can walk the massive double-wall with 52 watchtowers which encloses the ancient town, and the Count's Castle (Château Comtal). You can also visit the 14th-century Great Well. It's said that the Visigoths, fearing Attila the Hun's arrival, hid the treasure of the Temple of Salomon inside. It's never been recovered, so keep your eyes open for anything shiny.

The Gauls settled Carcassonne in the 3rd century BC. Then along came the Romans, who took over and added a fortified tower. In medieval times a major medieval thoroughfare passed through here, so merchants, crusaders, itinerant travelers and more passed through the gates. The history contained in these walls is staggering.

And yet, in the 19th century, Napoleon and co. decided to demolish it. Thankfully, a campaign to save it was successful, and after restoration the Cité is rightfully a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

How to use your tickets

Cité de Carcassonne
1 Rue Viollet le Duc, 11000, Carcassonne

Use the ticket holders' line and show your smartphone ticket at the entrance.

Note

Big bags and suitcases are not allowed in and there are no lockers on-site.

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Getting There

Take an SNCF train to Carcassonne train station, then a tram (lines 1, 5, 10 or 7) to Cité Médiévale.

Opening Hours

  • 1 April - 30 September: 10:00 - 18:30, last admission 45 minutes before closing
  • 1 October - 31 December: 09:30 - 17:30, last admission 30 minutes before closing
  • 2 January - 31 March: 09:30 - 17:00, last admission 45 minutes before closing

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What do these tickets include?
In general, every ticket includes a single entrance to the venue in combination with other services depending on the product you choose. Please check the section Whats included on this page to know more about what your tickets include.
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Customer reviews

Cindy, United States
Apr 24, 2017
The entire visit was wonderful, very historical. Great lunch. Very difficult to find parking. Buy your tickets online and you will miss standing in line!
Anne-Sophie, France
May 9, 2017
Nous avons choisi la visite guidée, et nous en avons été enchantés! Une approche de l'histoire du pays cathare très vivante. La visite du Château et des remparts nous aide à comprendre l'histoire de ce beau pays.
La visite s'est avérée animée, intéressante, et enrichissante.
Magali, France
May 2, 2017
très beau site
Aurore, France
May 2, 2017
Très pratique ça nous évite l attente ...
Très belle vite bien entretenu
Philippe , France
May 2, 2017
Réservation facile et fiable. Visite intéressante. Superbe site et restauration de grande qualité.
jean-michel
Apr 15, 2017
Visite effectuée avec quatre petits enfants âgés de 5 à 11 ans. Un véritable plaisir pour tous. N'hésitez pas à vous garer dès le premier parking, il est à peine à 400 mètres de l'entrée de la cité. Visitez le musée de l'école dans la cité.... les enfants ont essayé d'écrire avec une plume et malgré les fautes ils ont eu droit à un bon point ! En achetant les tickets d'avance, nous avons évité 30 minutes d'attente. Les remparts et le château sont à visiter. Le film d'introduction est très bien fait. Une excellente journée en famille.
Paul Eric, Belgium
Apr 13, 2017
A voir absolument!!