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1 rue Viollet le Duc, 11000 Carcassonne, France
+33 4 68 11 70 70
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Carcassonne Sightseeing Tour
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Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became an important Roman town. It was fortified in the 4th century and was a strategic site in the Middle Ages. It took on its definitive shape in the 13th century with the king’s decision to construct the distinctive double-walled ramparts and extend the castle. The city was restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century and is a testimony to 1,000 years of military architecture and 2,600 years of history. See a 12-minute film combining 3-D images and close-up footage; walk along the galleries, the fortified walls and the north ramparts; discover the museum of masonry and many other attractions. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > April to September: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. > October to March: from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 8,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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1 rue Viollet le Duc, 11000 Carcassonne, France
+33 4 68 11 70 70

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Well worth a visit, this is a well presented museum. The battlements are accessible for older children, they warn you about vertigo but mine did not kick in, probably because I am quite short! I first came here 30 years ago and it is vastly...More

Thank roquefort3
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The castle is a superb example of medieval architecture and has been well laid out and with excellent descriptions of the rooms and the long history of the building. We visited in the morning and it was not too busy considering the huge number of...More

Thank Mike D
Reviewed 5 days ago

A day in the life from the 1600. Plan on spending at least 3/4 of a day and visit the Castle within the walls. The Cemetery outside the walls is a neat place to explore.

Reviewed 6 days ago

Worth the entrance fee - though they check your bags - the walk around the ramparts and walls was great if only for the views. A photographer's heaven! Also less tourists inside than out.

Thank Mike N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great to visit and stroll around and see the old castle inside the walls, Forget the tiouristyu shops and have a snack of meal in one of the dozens of quaint eateries.

Thank bougivalbob
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The audio guide is supposed to provide a translation to the 10 minute film. It doesn't work but this is not explained to you when you purchase it for €3. The guide also refers to additional information that is not accessible. When you complain -...More

Thank citygirl42NZ
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent two days in Carcassone. There are fine hotels in the city, but we walked in each day and enjoyed the city structure as well as some of the great restaurants. We hope that the city returns some of the homes back to residential...More

Thank Anita C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything is beautiful. Place to visit absolutely. Kids loved the atmosphere and felt like knights !!

Thank UlrickVT
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Kids can enter free but be prepared to queue for tickets. Visit takes about 45 minutes and the audio phones at 3 euros worthwhile. Many steps so you have to be able to walk without stick etc as the ramparts are small and in some...More

Thank grimj03
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Carcassonne last year but although we explored the citadel we didn't get chance to visit the chateau - we put that right this year. There's plenty to see here, with lots of interest inside the chateau itself and then great views from the...More

Thank Dancing_Badger
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Pavel H
8 June 2016|
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Response from markwood | Reviewed this property |
there are both the inner and outer ramparts. The outer are free. You pay for the inner. I think its 11/12 euros for the inner
20 February 2015|
Response from JamesCarcassonne |
The Chateau Comtal is a "Cathar Castle" but you would never guess it from the Tourist literature. The other 50 or so Cathar Castles are miles away and most of them charge entry fees. So the answer for Cathar Castles is... More