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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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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
  • 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

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.


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

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
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
Paul, Australia
Jul 3, 2017
Fabulous historic site, well worth a visit.
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!
Jul 26, 2017
Superbe visite
severine, France
Jul 24, 2017
Visite très intéressante et enrichissante. Journée parfaite a faire en famille
Jul 24, 2017
Passage prioraitaire, facilité de réservation et de règlement

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