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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
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.

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

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

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Cité de Carcassonne
1 Rue Viollet le Duc, 11000, Carcassonne
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Wheelchair accessible
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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
Reviews
Melinda, Vanuatu
Jun 13, 2017
Great history, recommend the audio tour. The grounds are beautiful, good shops, hotel and restaurants. Make a day and night of it, then visit other castles nearby.
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!
Martine, France
Jun 10, 2017
Une visite fort intéressante que l'on peut apprécier dans ce cadre magique.
georges, France
Jun 7, 2017
bien organiser,rapide
Eric, France
Jun 6, 2017
Tickets très facile d'accès, disponible par SMS ! Visite au top!
Petite bémol nous ne savons pas hormis sur site à quelle heure de déroule les visites guidées !
Josette
Jun 4, 2017
Visite magnifique d'un site prestigieux
Rodolphe, France
May 31, 2017
La visite du château est un incontournable. Cela vaut vraiment la peine de s'y rendre. C'est un hommage à tous ces constructeurs qui nous ont laissé des œuvres infiniment belles.
François
May 29, 2017
Visite guidée et commentée du château et d'une partie des remparts permettant de bien apprécier ce formidable édifice. Commentaires historiques et architecturaux compétents. Bien entendu, après la visite guidée, une visite libre de l'église St Nazaire et une promenade dans les petites rues commerçantes se sont imposées !
Luc, France
May 28, 2017
La similitude avec l'entrée commerciale agressi choque au premier regard mais cela passé c'est un enchantement. L'ensemble qui a été parfaitement mis en valeur est à voir absolument
Anonymous
May 28, 2017
Visite intéressante et momnument très bien conservé ! L'achat des billets en ligne pour éviter la queue parfait !

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