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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 29 Attractions in Carcassonne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
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, Sights & Landmarks
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

The Castle is well worth a wander around. There is much of the castle and grounds in good order. Seats are dotted around in case of fatigue. Dogs are not allowed into the castle itself, only in the town surrounding it. We took turns going in, while the other shopped, since dogs are allowed in most of the shops in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We have been to Carcassonne a number of times, and the castle and ramparts are the main draw. There are a number of small shops, restaurants and cafes within the castle walls, but the caste is a great day and definitely worth a walk round and explore. Some lovely views from the higher areas too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Being in a walled medieval city is an amazing experience. Carcassonne is a magical place, I just regret that we didn't stay in a hotel within the walls - it must be amazing, especially at night, when they turn on the lights.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I recommend paying the extra to get in here if you are visiting Carcassonne. I paid extra (again) to get the self-tour which I would recommend if you want to go at your own pace. It was fairly busy but not uncomfortably so and the castle is very interesting. Do make sure you walk the walls as well - the... More 

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Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is a real slice of medieval French history. The castle is pretty much gutted because it was used as a military hospital during the World War, but a walk around the exterior is a real trip back in history, especially with a knowledgeable guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This place it's really a treasure !!!! It's so beautiful!!! From its outside till its inside its just a fairytale, it has all this petite streets as French would call them and one can imagine the life that in medieval times people had there its a remarkable example of this times of humanity .... In the inside one can find... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Visitors can chose to go into the castle - it cost us euros 23 with an audio guide, but it was well worth it. Lots of information in English, film with English sub-titles very useful to understand the history of the castle and of the renovation. I would have liked more on the Cathars, but I shall be researching that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Very impressive walled city with castles- one half expects to see real knights in shining armour. Little children seemed to enjoy playing with toy shields and swords (available for sale in the shops) as they wandered about exploring with their parents. An interesting way to see what medieval life would have been like as you wander through the city and... More 

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Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

A few minutes across the Pont Vieux foot bridge from Carcassonne and you arrive at the base of the old Cité de Carcassonne with the grand walls and variety of towers. Inside the old city are narrow cobblestone streets intertwining between shops, restaraunts lodging and more. Take the time to tour the Chateau Comtal castle and walk the ramparts.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Flew into Carcassonne last week on business and first thing Imsaw when the lightnaircraftvbroke through the cloud cover was the walled and fortified turrets of an old feudal city. Beautiful architecture , signs along the streets pointing to Gites to rent, and field after field of vineyards as we drove through the countryside towards Mirepoix. Fantastic.views of the Pyrrannees in... More 

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