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Conciergerie: Entry Ticket

A beautiful 14th century Gothic palace turned deadly prison

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Last admission: 30 minutes before closing
Wheelchair accessible
Instant ticket delivery
Smartphone tickets accepted

What's included

Entrance to the Conciergerie
Histopad, available until 16:30 in French, English, Spanish, German, Italian and Chinese

What's not included

Entrance to Sainte-Chapelle

Important information

* Big bags and suitcases aren't allowed inside and there are no lockers available * The security check is mandatory for all visitors

Where you'll go

Venues you'll visit

  • 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 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.

  • Visitors to the Sainte-Chapelle and / or Conciergerie will have a dedicated line. You will have to go through a security check to enter the monument
  • If you have a 10.00 reservation, you should enter the monument by 10.30 at the latest as each time slot is 30 minutes
  • You must choose your date and time of your choice for your visit
  • Getting There:
  • Metro: Line 4 to Cité; line 1, 7, 11 or 14 to Châtelet
  • Bus: Lines 21, 27, 38, 85, 96 or Balabus
Conciergerie
Sunday 09:30 - 18:00
Monday 09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 18:00
Thursday 09:30 - 18:00
Friday 09:30 - 18:00
Saturday 09:30 - 18:00
Conciergerie
2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001, Paris
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  • Cancellation is possible until 23:59 on the day before your visit.
  • Rescheduling is possible until 23:59 on the day before your visit.

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Uday,  United States United States
23 Feb 2024
Excellent
Very easy! Thank you for providing clear instructions and instant delivery of the e-tickets.
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Mouli,  India India
22 Mar 2024
Excellent
Once you bought the ticket you have access to a tablet. There are different areas that can be scanned throughout which show you what the room would have looked like and the history. It's a...
Once you bought the ticket you have access to a tablet. There are different areas that can be scanned throughout which show you what the room would have looked like and the history. It's a fantastic concept and brings an interactive side to the visit. I would definitely recommend this place to anybody interested in French history.
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Mariana,  United States United States
22 Feb 2024
Excellent
It was great
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