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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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Description: Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became an...
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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English tour available

Book an English tour of the castle. Our guide was full of information all about the castle and the Cathars. Watch the film upstairs too. You can also rent an audio in English... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Book an English tour of the castle. Our guide was full of information all about the castle and the Cathars. Watch the film upstairs too. You can also rent an audio in English if you miss the tour.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We visited the castle a few times as there was so much to see. At the end of our trip we went to dinner in a lovelly restaurant to say our goodbyes. Fun ships, lots of restaurants and the castle is a awesome sight to behold.

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Sanibel Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Hard to say anything new about one of the most visited locations in France. Just as nice as it sounded. Great to walk around the old city, following along the walls. Great to visit the castle. If it feels a little like Disneyland, Disney most likely copied it from Carcassone!

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Orange
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I visited L'Cite - well worth it, even if you have to put up with all the souvenir shops. The view of the Cite at dusk from the Pont Vieux (Old Bridge) to the west is spectacular.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

On our road trip through Catalonia in Spain, we decided it would be worth a stop in France to visit the Carcassonne castle. The Castle and surrounding walls are quiet impressive. If you walk down to the pedestrian bridge going into the town, you can capture excellent shots of the castle. Make sure you don't miss out when it's lit... More 

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Rotherham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Main reason to visit the town. There is a film and audio guide. But there was enough information for me in English on the information boards. i thought it a very long walk from the train station area and the day wasn't too hot, but if you can get the timing right there is a 1 euro bus.

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Cornwall
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The largest (or second largest??) walled city in Europe looking like a castle from a fairytale (!!!) stunning to look at from the outside its now the heart of tourism inside with enough very well priced restaurants to choose from. Get there early if you can, at peak times the tourist buses can dominate. But it's why you probably visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Although in proçess of new works going ahead it didn't disrupt the castle your informative and interesting

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

A well-restored typical castle from the beginning of time: draw bridge, turrets, moats and the impressive remparts defending the city inside the castle, now becoming a heavily commercialized tourist area with shops and a multitude of restaurants at very affordable prices. A on-going restoration for a future visitor centre will make a visit more memorable and interesting. Not to miss!!!

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Herentals, Antwerpen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Carcassonne castle started out as an urban palace, built against the late roman city wall. Eventually forming a U around a courtyard the edifice was not particularly fortified in the days of the Trencavel viscounts. The residence became a stronghold in the thirteenth century : A closing wall with several towers, a lookout and a barbican were erected. Existing buildings... More 

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