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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
Today:  09:30 - 17:00
Tomorrow:  09:30 - 17:00
Thursday:  09:30 - 17:00
Friday:  09:30 - 17:00
Saturday:  09:30 - 17:00
Sunday:  09:30 - 17:00
Monday:  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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Instructions

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

Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Venue
Address
Cité de Carcassonne
1 Rue Viollet le Duc, 11000, Carcassonne
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Reviews
Dec 10, 2018
It is an amazing city to visit. Castle is a must!
Enjoy walking in the surroundings by day and night as the atmosphere is quite different.
For weekends or holidays too many people, so if want to enjoy it needs to take around 4 hours.
Nov 20, 2018
Amazing place - easy to get around and very interesting
Nov 10, 2018
Muy buena experiencia. El castillo imponente, impresionante!
Muy recomendable!!!
Oct 10, 2018
Excelente visit! A must place to see if you are in France. We stayed inside the walls and it was wonderful.
Oct 7, 2018
We loved it. Easy to get around and everyone very friendly. But one thing is the yellow should be taken off. Ruins the the heritage look.
Sep 14, 2018
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Sep 12, 2018
Buying tickets on line is so simple and enables you to go straight in without queueing.
Sep 6, 2018
Absolutely amazing,
Aug 23, 2018
Extraordinary place. A visit should be on everyone’s list of places to see.
Aug 21, 2018
The castle is great all in all. The instructions on how to navigate the inner chambers are not very clear. It would be great if it is numbered carefully so that you do get to see everything. I missed some spot.
Also, modern art and history is very hard to crack but these yellows rings installation is clearly NOT the example! Please remove it. imIt euins the castle’s aesthetics!
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