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Tickets for Conciergerie: Priority Entrance

A beautiful 14th century Gothic palace turned deadly prison

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Overview
Opening hours
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09:30 - 18:30
Saturday
09:30 - 18:30
Sunday
09:30 - 18:30
Monday
09:30 - 18:30
Tuesday
09:30 - 18:30
Wednesday
09:30 - 18:30
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.

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Priority Entrance
What's included
  • Entrance to the Conciergerie
  • 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.

Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Venue
Address
Sainte-Chapelle and Conciergerie
2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001, Paris
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
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
Reviews
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.
Jan 5, 2018
Il faut absolument prendre la tablette. Elle devrait être proposée par défaut.
Jan 1, 2018
Excellent site
Dec 30, 2017
Simple, rapide et cela évite la queue à l'entrée
Dec 16, 2017
Intéressant d'un point de vue architectural esthétique aussi et surtout intéressant sur l'exposition sur la révolution
Nov 29, 2017
Interesante
Nov 14, 2017
très pratique et grande amabilité à l'accueil

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