Tickets for Conciergerie: Priority Entrance

A beautiful 14th century Gothic palace turned deadly prison

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Overview
Opening hours
Today:  09:30 - 18:00
Tomorrow:  09:30 - 18:00
Friday:  09:30 - 18:00
Saturday:  09:30 - 18:00
Sunday:  09:30 - 18:00
Monday:  09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday:  09:30 - 18:00
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
Exhibitions
Marie-Antoinette, metamorphoses of an image
Now on - Jan 26, 2020

Before Beyonce, Madonna, Oprah, or Aretha, another queen was the doyenne of popular culture. As famous for her death as she was for her decadent life, Marie-Antoinette has fascinated the public since her head came rolling off in 1793.

In this brand-new exhibition, the Conciergerie will explore the notorious story of the last Queen of France. See the ways in which her tale has transformed over time; how it has been fetishized, romanticized, reviled, and revived.

Browse 200 artworks, artifacts, historical and contemporary archives, never-before-seen archival footage as well as fashion accessories and manga. Marie-Antoinette, metamorphoses of an image will unravel the myths of Marie-Antoinette, and what they reveal about the cultures in which they proliferate.

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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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Ticket features
Instant ticket delivery
Priority Entrance
Smartphone tickets accepted
What's included
Entrance to the Conciergerie
Histopad (if selected), available in French, English, Spanish, German, Italian and Chinese
Entrance to Sainte-Chapelle
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.

Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
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Venue
Address
Conciergerie
2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001, Paris
Additional info

Admission

  • 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
Ratings & reviews
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Nov 2, 2019
Very good.
Sep 25, 2019
Easy to use and convenient
Aug 16, 2019
We avoided the long queue

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