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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
10:00 - 18:30
10:00 - 18:30
10:00 - 18:30
10:00 - 18:30
10:00 - 18:30
10:00 - 18:30
10:00 - 18:30
  • 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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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.


  • 24 & 31 December: 09:30 - 16:00 (last admission 45 minutes before closing)
May 20, 2018
Well executed management. Helpfull and pleasant staff.
May 2, 2018
Very interesting. Just as good as Caerphilly and Pembroke castles.
Apr 16, 2018
This visit was a unique experience of an in-depth discovery of a rare witness of medieval architecture and life. Its introduction through the fascinating character of architect Viollet-le-Duc was excellent, showing that doing the restauration of the Cite was in fact an act of research into trying to unfold a largely unknown past, and that this research is still continuing today with more modern technique. The three components of the visit reveal different and complementary aspects, and the scenery around the Cite, with its breathtaking views towards the Pyrenees and the Black mountain, are gorgeous!
Mar 3, 2018
It was a great experience to go and see that beautiful castle....had a wonderful day with nice and warm sunshine....😍😍😍it was worth going there...
Dec 10, 2017
Really nice 👌
Sep 11, 2017
Saves waiting in the big queues to get in the castle - get entry via your Smartphone!
Sep 1, 2017
Avoid queues and buy online. Signal at castle is weak so go online well beforehand.
Aug 22, 2017
Saves a lot of time waiting on a que
Aug 18, 2017
Minerve is better
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.

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