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Castle and Ramparts of Carcassonne

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Address: 1, rue Viollet-le-Duc, 11000, Carcassonne, France
Phone Number: 04 68 11 70 70
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Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became...

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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A town within the Cité zqlls

Try to go either early in the day or late if here in summer to avoid the crowds. Parking available nearby as well as numerous restaurants some of which good but others much less... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Richmond, United Kingdom
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Richmond, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Try to go either early in the day or late if here in summer to avoid the crowds. Parking available nearby as well as numerous restaurants some of which good but others much less so - a check with TripAdvisor can help. Varied shops including artwork as well as tourist plastic junk.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This historic site is a marvel. Its narrow lanes are now dotted with souvenir stands and restaurants but in times past this was one of the sites where the Albigensian Crusade was waged. There are several tours that can be taken to show the remarkably well preserved fortress. It is worth your time to get a proper tour of the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was very cool to visit a castle town since I had never been to one before but there really wasn't much to see or do once there, and the architecture is relatively boring.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is of course the main reason you come here and it's like stepping back in time. Convinced the graphic artists for Harry Potter came here. It is a stunning visit which you need to allow at least three hours for

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best views of it are from the bridge looking back at the castle! Looks brilliant at night all lit up!

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Kansas City, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The towers and ramparts of Carcassonne are unforgettable. It is like in a Grimm brothers fairy tale. True, most of the medieval ramparts were heavily restored, but, anyway, if you like medieval architecture, go there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How cool is it to visit a medieval city??? I'll never see this in the states. This was a great visit! I love the old buildings and I'm always amazed at how old they are. There's a lot of history inside the walls.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our visit this morning to the ramparts. We opted to take a free English tour (2 per day at this time of the year), the tour lasted about an hour, our guide Monica was really interesting, clearly loved history and spoke excellent English. The tour takes you into the 'castle' and allows you to walk the ramparts... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plenty to see and explore with the audio guide. Do not miss the finale walk along the Northern ramparts

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We fulfilled a longtime dream in visiting the Cite and Castle of Carcassonne this autumn. It was just as inspiring as expected - the beautifully restored castle, donjon & ramparts a tribute to the select group of visionaries who lobbied so effectively, and laboured so meticulously, to recreate this spectacular medieval castle. We visited Carcassonne for the first time with... More 

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