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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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Overview
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.

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Instructions

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

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Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

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Address
Cité de Carcassonne
1 Rue Viollet le Duc, 11000, Carcassonne
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Additional info

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 March: 09:30 - 17:00 (last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Reviews
Ian, United Kingdom
Sep 11, 2017
Saves waiting in the big queues to get in the castle - get entry via your Smartphone!
Peter, United Kingdom
Sep 1, 2017
Avoid queues and buy online. Signal at castle is weak so go online well beforehand.
Stefan
Aug 22, 2017
Saves a lot of time waiting on a que
Anonymous
Aug 18, 2017
Minerve is better
Heather, United States
Aug 2, 2017
Purchasing these tickets saved us over an hour of waiting in line. We walked up to the woman working at the front of the line, showed the e-tickets (she looked inside our backpack for a security check), then had us walk directly inside. Super smooth process.
We came from a cruise boat and had limited time at the castle and in the city. I would highly recommend purchasing these tickets. We've been traveling Europe for 6 weeks and have purchased different tickets through this website several times. It's been a real help and lifesaver while traveling Europe during the peak season.
Tomasz, Poland
Jul 30, 2017
having e-tickets from Tiqets it took 1 mniute to go inside the castle. No worries. Purchasing tickets lasted additional 1 minute so it's worth doing.
Kelly, United States
Jul 23, 2017
It works, it is the same price, you skip the line
Abbie, United Kingdom
Jul 20, 2017
Absolutely stunning place. Very informative. Great souvenir shops. Great places to eat. Fun for all ages.
Dahlia, United States
Jul 15, 2017
The cite was lovely. We didn't know when the castle would close and I felt that we did not get the full benefit of the tickets we purchased.
THOMAS, United Kingdom
Jul 9, 2017
Great place to visit lots to see , best to purchase on line as when you are there , there is a long line up to buy your ticket , and you skip that a go ahead in

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