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Address: Nr. D 162E, 34440 Nissan-lez-Enserune, France
Phone Number: 04 67 37 01 23
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Description: The site of Ensérune is one of the most important citadels of the...
The site of Ensérune is one of the most important citadels of the Mediterranean Midi. The excavations, which have been underway since 1915, have revealed the traces of a dwelling dating back to the middle of the 6th century BC and lasting until the start of the 1st century AD. All the archeological objects discovered on the site have been put on display in the museum which is home to a number of outstanding collections. Open:> 1st to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.> 2nd May au 31st August: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.> 1st to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st October to 31st March: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 1 hr before closing time. Closed:> Mondays from 1st September to 30th April.> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; 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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Fascinating archeological site - worth a visit

We were staying nearby so thought we'd have a look round the site. Not sure that we would have made the trip if we'd been staying further afield, but we would have missed out on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2014
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We were staying nearby so thought we'd have a look round the site. Not sure that we would have made the trip if we'd been staying further afield, but we would have missed out on some wonderful historical remains. The site is quite large and sprawls over the hilltop with great views in every direction, including over the Etang de... More 

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Springfield, Oregon
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

The Celtic hill fort of Ensérune, about 10 km from the present day city of Béziers, was settled in the sixth century BCE and thrived until the 1st century CE when its Romanized inhabitants moved down to the plain and built more sprawling villae with typically Roman interior courtyards. The remains of Ensérune are situated high on a hilltop with... More 

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Kiev, Ukraine
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8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Archaeological site on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside. Nice museum with artifacts from the ancient town. Old granaries still in place in the ground. Close to Beziers. Museum staff are friendly and answer questions.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Well worth the visit but do not expect any ticket concessions if you are a pensioner! Well laid out site with a very good museum in the centre but see the site first.

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Sydney
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

I thought I was just going to see the Malpas tunnel and go for a little walk, but we came across this incredible site of ruins of an ancient village from the 6th Century BC. There had been 3 eras of occupation built on top of each other. You can walk around the ruins and then visit the museum which... More 

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Girona, Spain
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We paid 7.5 €/person to visit the site, which consists of some ruins you only see from far away and a musuem that needs a renovation of style (a little bit outdated). The best thing there is the view to the adjacent former lake of Montardy, but you can already see it from outside of the site. Get around, enjoy... More 

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Meze, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

If you want to feel part of the ancient world, the oppidum of Enserune is one of the best place to go in the Languedoc. Situated on top of a hill, you walk through a very large and wild site with many housing remains ,some overtaken by Mediterranean herbs and wild plants. The view from the settlement is magnificent specially... More 

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London
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

One of the great sites of the area.good museum and well laid out geological site with amazing views.

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London
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8 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

It's 100 BC and in England you would be freezing on a cold sheep-covered hillsite. Not here in Southern France. You can smell the wild rosemary and other herbs, the view down to the Mediterranean looks like a Cezanne painting. There's the buzz of cicadas and apricots are growing on the trees. There's wine in the jars, cereals in storage,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

This place has been pivotal to our experience of Languedoc-Rousillon's attractions with so many threads leading here. The draining of the swampland connection with the Malpas Tunnel and the Midi Canal project. The swamp making the settlement disease prone and questions about why the beautiful Roman vases were found in excavations. Why didn't someone strip the abandoned settlement of these... More 

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