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Chateau d'If

1 quai de la Fraternite, 13001 Marseille, France
+33 4 91 59 02 30
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Skip the Line Ticket: Castle of If in Marseille
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Private Tour: Marseille City Sightseeing and Chateau d'If
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This famous fortress, standing on a rocky island off the coast of Marseille, was immortalised by Alexandre Dumas in The Count of Monte Cristo as the prison where the novel’s hero, Edmond Dantes, was incarcerated before ultimately escaping. The castle was built by Francois I in 1524 and over the centuries it gained a fearsome reputation as many opponents of royal power were jailed and died in the fortress. The Castle of If has been perfectly preserved and is one of the most impressive historical sites on the Mediterranean coastline. Open: > 15th May to 20th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6.15 p.m. > 21st September to 14th May: from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. The last visit depends on the timetable of boats, information at the tourist information center, on our website monuments-nationaux.fr or on Frioul If express. Closed: > Mondays from 21st September to 14th May. > 1st January, 25th December and subject to bad weather. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4 €; 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 quai de la Fraternite, 13001 Marseille, France
+33 4 91 59 02 30
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

The castle is tiny but not to be missed if you have ever read The Count of Monte Cristo or plan to do so.

Thank Galahad_Threepwood
Reviewed 9 September 2013

We queued for tickets for quite some time. But once on boat we soon forgot and enjoyed the views of marseille city making our way to the castle. Very interesting to tour the castle for an hour before the boat came to pick us up....More

Thank smokeyjoe27
Reviewed 5 September 2013

This is an interesting excursion if you are in Marseille for more than one day. It is a peaceful ferry ride that affords a lovely view of the harbour of Marseille. The castle is interesting and there is a little restaurant there for light food...More

1  Thank Jackie B
Reviewed 3 September 2013 via mobile

Since i've seen the Count of Monte Cristo, it made sense for me to visit this place while in Marseille. Spectacular views on the boat and from the castle itself. The emptiness of the rooms and the walls bring a sense of calm and meditation....More

2  Thank YogCT
Reviewed 19 August 2013

The trip by boat itself is relaxing, providing that you bought your tickets in advance. If not, be prepared to queue. The castle is huge and inside, it's chilly, regardless the temperatures outside. We have spent great morning there.

2  Thank Agnieszka F
Reviewed 17 August 2013

The boat trip across gives great views of the port and the castle. Inside the castle you can see cells of famous real- and literary- prisoners. It made me read the Count of Monte Cristo which I also thoroughly recommend!

1  Thank anon190786
Reviewed 15 August 2013

It is a fantastical place, well-developed for informative visits, introducing its history as well as its fictional hero and his author. The 7-year-old who was with us found the Dumas character interesting, but was also fascinated by details of the real prisoners. Just one thing:...More

Thank M M
Reviewed 13 August 2013

Very enjoyable trip out on the ferry and a great castle to explore. The view from the top is wonderful. There's a small cafe which is rather expensive but it's a good place for a beer with a view of Marseille.

4  Thank ghostlymand
Reviewed 11 August 2013 via mobile

We really enjoyed our trip around the Prison. It's really interesting although more information tan that provided in the, admittedly free, handout would have made it even better The return trip at around 330pm was rather scary as the informal queue became a made scramble...More

2  Thank Qrops
Reviewed 29 July 2013

As a huge fun of Monte-Cristo and Dumas back in my childhood and teenage years, spent behind the Iron Curtain, it was beyond my imagination in those days I would ever visit the actual place. So it was a great pleasure to be able to...More

2  Thank mimidica
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Response from Eric A | Reviewed this property |
We visited in February of 2016. The schedule was more limited then, but it was still a popular trip.
11 April 2017|
Response from emafalc | Reviewed this property |
I' m sorry I don"t know. Maybe in website you can find this info.
11 April 2017|
Response from Sally T | Reviewed this property |
I don't see any Pet's around the island........