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Donjon Gilles Aycelin

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Address: Narbonne, France

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Great view

I paid 4 Euros for me and my 6 year old. We climbed up and enjoyed some spectacular views across the city. Not for the faint hearted........

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 August 2016
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Southend
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No, this is not a dungeon! It is a tower with wonderful views from the top - if you are prepared to climb the 167 step spiral staircase to the top! I didn't attempt it but my husband did it and judging from the photos he took is is well worth the effort if you feel you can manage the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

I paid 4 Euros for me and my 6 year old. We climbed up and enjoyed some spectacular views across the city. Not for the faint hearted........

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

There is also a small museum. .fee.. with roman remains. Nice views from the top on a clear day. Recommended MeuterMedia

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Newmachar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

There are 64 fairly narrow steep steps to the top but a couple of rooms to explore on the way up so for those that need a little rest between floors, its quite easy. Good views of Narbonne from the top. There's not actually much to see in the tower itself tho. Just one of the things to visit as... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2015

The Donjon is part of the multi-visit Narbonne Museum Pass, which is well worth buying. Not sure it would be worth going up if you had to pay just for that visit. Great view from the top, and a wonderful place to get great photos of the cathedral.

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

We, a couple with a young adult daughter, took the train to Narbonne from Carcassonne on the spur of a moment and did not regret that decision. Narbonne is a wonderful provincial city, rich of medieval and Roman vestiges. We bought ourselves three city passes and climbed the 'donjon'. Quite a climb, but no regrets. A fantastic 360 degree view... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

A lot of steps to climb, but the view from the top is worth it. As part of the 7 museum ticket it is value, but possibly not if buying a ticket just for this attraction.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015

This is the tower just of the main square - itself a great location - and it's worth the walk up the steps to the top for the great views of the cathedral and town.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

Visiting the "donjon" we thought we'd be going down, not up, but 162 steps later we realised that the "donjon" was in fact not a dungeon but a fortified tower, dating from 1300, with spectacular views over Narbonne. The extraordinary stone spiral staircase requires an effort, but the reward is great.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

This place is a pocket history of the Narbonne area. The climb to the top gives fabulous views and the old and new are well blended into a fascinating trip through past days. After the climb up and the trip back down the square offers many cafés for relaxation.

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