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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 35 Attractions in Carcassonne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Cultural
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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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Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Liverpool
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Well worth paying to see the castle inside. Interesting history & renovation is excellent. Views all around so make sure you have your camera.

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Liphook, United Kingdom
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124 reviews 124 reviews
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A really interesting walk around the castle and ramparts but I'd really recommend getting an audio guide unless you just was to wander around stone walls with nice views. We were there at a quiet time of year, not sure what it would be like at the height of the summer.

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Spectacular. A real fairytale castle with an Interesting history. A must see, Disney could not have invented it!

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The old town is lovely and can easily be seen in a day. Narrow cobbled streets full of shops - lots selling the same touristy rubbish which is a shame but there are some lovely shops selling divine chocolate amongst other things. Great atmosphere sitting outside one of the numerous bars people watching having a cold beer !

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Elkton, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Reasonably priced and concise (about 45 minutes.) Some great views of the surrounding countryside. We didi the English tour and the guides English was excellent. Emphasis was on architecture and functionality with some references to religious history.

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