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Tickets for Conciergerie: Priority Entrance

A beautiful 14th century Gothic palace turned deadly prison

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Opening hours
09:30 - 18:30
09:30 - 18:30
09:30 - 18:30
09:30 - 18:30
09:30 - 18:30
09:30 - 18:30
09:30 - 18:30
  • 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

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!

LEGAL STANDING: The Conciergerie's past as a tribunal lives on in the present - parts of it now house the Paris Law Courts.

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Priority Entrance
What's included
  • Entrance to the Conciergerie
  • Entrance to Sainte-Chapelle

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.


Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Sainte-Chapelle and Conciergerie
2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001, Paris
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Additional info


  • 24 & 31 December: 09:30 - 16:00, last admission at 15:15

Getting There

  • Metro: Line 4 to Cité; line 1, 7, 11 or 14 to Châtelet
  • Bus: Lines 21, 27, 38, 85, 96 or Balabus
Jan 2, 2018
Even in Winter make sure you pre-purchase skip-the-line tickets.
Oct 10, 2017
No lines to wait. In no time I was in enjoying my visit
Aug 16, 2017
Always always always use Tiqets!
Jul 27, 2017
There was no line. No audio tour.
Mar 8, 2018
Ingresso veloce ma la visita in se non vale i soldi del biglietto.Mi aspettavo di più dalla descrizione.
Feb 27, 2018
Excellente organisation à l' entrée. Il faudrait une visite guidée.
Feb 27, 2018
Très bien et très impressionnée.
Feb 26, 2018
Réservation en ligne fonctionne très bien.
Feb 17, 2018
Metodo Rapido, efficace, e senza spreco.
Jan 5, 2018
Il faut absolument prendre la tablette. Elle devrait être proposée par défaut.

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