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Tickets for Conciergerie: Priority Entrance

A beautiful 14th century Gothic palace turned deadly prison

 
Flexible ticket: cancellable up to 24 hours before visit date (if selected)
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Last admission: 30 minutes before closing
Wheelchair accessible
Smartphone tickets accepted

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Overview

Highlights

  • The dramatic history of the famous Conciergerie includes life as both a palace and riverside prison fortress. Note the varied decor from its different lives!
  • See the former jail cell - and current chapel - dedicated to the prison’s most famous resident: Marie Antoinette
  • Wander through the Salle des Gens d’Armes, the former dining room for 2,000 palace staff,and Europe's largest existing medieval hall

Description

Get priority access to this former palace and riverside prison on Paris's medieval Île de la Cité. You’ll see prison cells from the French Revolution (including the cell of Queen Marie Antoinette), and the Gothic Salle des Gens d’Armes is Europe’s biggest medieval hall still in existence.

History is soaked into the thick walls of this incredible Gothic building. Built as a royal palace in the 14th century, when the royal family decamped for fancier surroundings in the Louvre and Vincennes, it found new life as a prison. During the French Revolution it earned the chilling nickname "the antechamber to the guillotine".

People accused of being an enemy of the republic would face a tribunal in the Great Hall, where they would either be acquitted, or found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. If convicted they would await their fate in one of the nearby cells. The wealthy would pay for relatively comfortable rooms with beds, while commoners were crammed into plague-infested haybed cells.

The most famous resident during its stint as a prison was Queen Marie Antoinette. After the Restoration, her cell was converted into a chapel. A visit to her lockup is one of the highlights of a trip to this famous building.

Other attractions include Europe's largest medieval hall, the Salle des Gens d’Armes, and the dreaded Bonbec Tower, which was a torture chamber. The name 'Bonbec' refers to the fact that prisoners who came here would confess to whatever they were being accused of (bon means 'good' and bec meant 'mouth').

A visit to the Conciergerie is a fascinating glimpse into the turbulent history of the French Republic. And unlike many of its residents, you're allowed to leave afterwards!

Histopad

Discover the medieval and revolutionary rooms (as well as the spaces that have disappeared) with the Histopad, an augmented reality tool that allows you to go back in time.

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What's included

Entrance to the Conciergerie
Histopad (if selected), available in French, English, Spanish, German, Italian and Chinese

What's not included

Entrance to Sainte-Chapelle
Additional info

Getting There:

  • Metro: Line 4 to Cité; line 1, 7, 11 or 14 to Châtelet
  • Bus: Lines 21, 27, 38, 85, 96 or Balabus

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation may be available depending on your ticket selection
  • Changes may be possible for this ticket

Instructions

Go to the Priority Entrance for ticket holders, bypassing the purchase line, and show your smartphone ticket. On the other side of the entrance there's a second security check.

Venue

Opening hours

Thursday 10:30 - 18:30
Friday 10:30 - 18:30
Saturday 10:30 - 18:30
Sunday 10:30 - 18:30
Monday 10:30 - 18:30
Tuesday 10:30 - 18:30
Wednesday 10:30 - 18:30

How to get there

Conciergerie
2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001, Paris
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Ratings & reviews

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Feb 13, 2020
Excellent
Very nice
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Jan 14, 2020
Excellent
Very good . It was wonderful and we had a great time .
M
Dec 27, 2019
Excellent
No issues.

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