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Tickets for Château d’If: Fast Track

Visit the island fortress-prison that inspired The Count of Monte Cristo

 
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Overview

Highlights

  • Skip the line and see the inspirational venue behind Alexandre Dumas's 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Visit the island fortress prison and get amazing views of the Vieux Port from the boat and the island itself
  • Learn about the Protestants and Republicans incarcerated here and see old graffiti by past prisoners!

Description

Step inside a literary classic when you visit the island fortress prison Château d’If, which was the inspiration for Alexandre Dumas’ 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo. Learn about the prisoners incarcerated here and get amazing views of the Vieux Port!

Francis I of France mainly utilized the Château d’If to protect the Marseilles coast from invasion. Protestants and Republicans, plus anyone opposing official authority was imprisoned at Château d’If from 1580 until 1871.

But the most famous prisoner here was undoubtedly Edmond Dantès, the protagonist of Dumas' novel The Count of Monte Cristo. Unlike him, your stay at Chateau d'If won't be 14 years of unjust imprisonment. Instead, it will be a fascinating and picturesque single day.

Travel over by boat and soak up the amazing views of the Vieux Port. Bypass the long line to the fortress and head inside to learn about the various political prisoners who were incarcerated here long ago, such as Mirabeau and the Communards of 1871 - proper revolutionary heroes.

Ticket

What's included

Access to the Château

What's not included

Ferry to the island
No audio guides available, but a subtitled film is screened during the visit
Additional info

Note:

Visitor booklet guides are available in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Russian, Chinese, Dutch, Japanese and Portuguese.

Amendment policy

  • Changes are possible for this ticket

Instructions

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Boarding point - ferry
Navette du Frioul, 1 Quai de la Fraternité, 13001, Marseille
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Château d’If
Embarcadère Frioul If, 1 Quai de la Fraternité, 13001, Marseille

Show your smartphone ticket at the dedicated entrance.

Venue

Opening hours

Wednesday 10:30 - 17:15
Thursday 10:30 - 17:15
Friday 10:30 - 17:15
Saturday 10:30 - 17:15
Sunday 10:30 - 17:15
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:30 - 17:15

Ratings & reviews

4.7
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Jan 28, 2020
Good
The Chateau is in great condition and a lot is also explained in multiple languages. They did a great job. Transport by boat taxi could be more frequent, especially during the cooler months.
D
Sep 25, 2019
Excellent
It was awesome to see where the Count of Monte Cristo "took place", even you get to see the cells in which the story took place. Information provided was enough. Awesome views from the castle!
L
May 16, 2019
Excellent
I loved the boat ride and climbing around D’If. I loved the history!

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