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Castle and Ramparts of Carcassonne

1, rue Viollet-le-Duc, 11000 Carcassonne, France
04 68 11 70 70
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Ranked #3 of 32 attractions in Carcassonne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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... more » 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 « less
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

This castle will seem familiar to many, as it has been used as a movie set for several popular films, and for good reason. It is a very well restored and maintained castle, because of the restoration architect Violet La Duc, who worked on the restoration of this wonderful building from the Middle Ages. Walking through this castle is like... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Gave a bit of balance to the tourist trap restaurant and shops of the "medical city" and set a bit of context to the rebuilding of the 19th century.

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Farmington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

It seems that some people get to La Cité and think that's all there is... the tourist shops, restaurants, ice cream stands and vendors. No, you have come all this way! Tour the castle! Get a guidebook because an understanding of the architecture, medieval life and customs will greatly enhance your visit. The placard signs in 3 languages are surprisingly... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Worth paying extra for this and having the hand held tour. The ramparts give access to great views. Can spend a good few hours at the castle.

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Sleaford, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We returned to this place as the first trip we missed a few things. Lots of nice eating places and very hard to pick where to eat. The shops do out number the people living here now which is a great shame one shop owner told us probably only 50 inhabitants now as the houses are given over to shops... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

you must see the medieval castle! A world heritage site, and so much more! you think you are in a movie set! Just fantastic history to this place. Extremely unique! Loved it!

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Although the Castle is very impressive what we found inside was not. It is totally commercialised with nothing but restaurants, fast food outlets and gift shops.

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southampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Plenty to do and see, good selection of restaurants, probably more expensive than local town but so much more atmospheric, particularly at night.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

La Cite of Carcassonne is renown as a World Heritage site and I can understand why.... it is stunning ...medical building surrounded by two outer walls. Narrow intimate streets open into beautiful squares. If you have time take the tour ..... the English tour starts around 1:30 pm each day from the tourist information centre by the west gate (the... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A must do visit! If you go on a clear day, the view of the mountains is magnificent. There are lots of stairs; easy to climb for an able bodied person but impossible with a pushchair / wheelchair

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