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Tickets for Conciergerie: Priority Entrance

A beautiful 14th century Gothic palace turned deadly prison

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Wheelchair accessible
Priority Entrance
NOTE: All visitors must undergo a security check
Opening hours
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

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!

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

How to use your tickets

Sainte Chapelle and Conciergerie
2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001, Paris

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.

What's included?

  • Entrance to the Conciergerie
  • Entrance to Sainte-Chapelle

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Opening hours

09:30 - 18:00.

Getting There

  • Metro: Line 4 to Cité; line 1, 7, 11 or 14 to Châtelet

  • Bus: Lines 21, 27, 38, 85, 96 or Balabus

Common questions

What do these tickets include?
In general, every ticket includes a single entrance to the venue in combination with other services depending on the product you choose. Please check the section Whats included on this page to know more about what your tickets include.
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Customer reviews

Anonymous
Apr 22, 2017
Il faut quand même faire la queue pour passer au contrôle. Ensuite l'on passe devant tout le monde.
La conciergerie est un lieu historique très beau et charge d'un passé très intéressant.
christine, France
Apr 18, 2017
très pratique pour obtenir les billets. merci
Christelle, France
Apr 14, 2017
Bon site, rapide et efficace. Je recommande.
Gilles, France
Apr 12, 2017
Excellent service !
Erika, Germany
Apr 11, 2017
Fascinating location steeped in the rich history of Paris. Highly recommend!
Francoise, France
Mar 30, 2017
Application très claire et tres facile d'accès. Billets instantanés sur smartphone après commande sur internet.
Très pratique.
sylvia, France
Feb 26, 2017
Jolie visite, a voir absolument, mais il faut prendre la tablette qui nous permet d'avoir toutes les informations nécessaires
Anonymous
Feb 12, 2017
Simple et pratique.
Axel, France
Jan 17, 2017
Rapide pas cher et efficace
Anonymous
Jan 3, 2017
L'efficacité de l'entrée prioritaire est un peu diminuée par les contrôles de sécurité obligatoires....