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Castle and Ramparts of Carcassonne

Address: 1, rue Viollet-le-Duc, 11000 Carcassonne, France
Phone Number: 04 68 11 70 70
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Ranked #3 of 32 Attractions in Carcassonne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Cultural
Owner description: Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became an important Roman town. It...
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Type: Castles, Cultural
Owner description: 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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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

If you like history, art and medieval times, this castle is a mind blowing place to be. It feels like you're transported to the past, it's an amazing experience.

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Rayne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Take you time to walk round the whole of the ramparts.They are truly amazing. Even on a busy day there are places to get away from the crowds

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Prague, Czech Republic
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The Carcassonne Castle is really so beautiful and big as all the pictures and guides are saying. It is good to go there in lower season to enjoy it without so many people.

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Beverley, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

You can't really go to see Carcassonne without seeing the chateau and walls - the visit is good. We found the audio guides useful, although not always matching the written panels the chapters relate to! Allow a couple of hours for the visit, more could easily be spent.

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Toulouse, France
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The visit is very well done. We didn't use the audioguides, so can't comment on them, but even without the audio guides you can still have a great visit. There's a video at the beginning of the tour that is worth watching as it explains well how and why the Castle of Carcassonne was built.

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Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

If you are in Carcassone, you must to the castle. The visit costs 8,50 euros, but it is a cheap price for what it is inside the castle. I got my ticket free in Nov, 1st, but I don`t know if it is because it was the first Saturday of the month or because it was a holiday in France.... More 

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Bremerton, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The cite is a really nicely preserved attraction, the only complaint is that there are too many "junk" stores at the entrance. Some very nice shops and restaurants. Did not take a tour, it would have helped. More signage would help.

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Centennial, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Due to rainy opted for tour of castle. One of few things that was an extra charge, but due information in the movie it was worth the money.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is a beautiful castle, well worth paying to visit. The views of the surrounding area from the ramparts were fantastic and lots to see inside.

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Olinda, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I liked all of it and it was worth going there. Impressive and provided so much to comtemplate about the building of it and the architecture.

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