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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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Worth the cost of admission but unfortunately it was very busy on the day we visited and you felt that you were herded around with the rest of the visitors and not able to stop... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Bodmin, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Worth the cost of admission but unfortunately it was very busy on the day we visited and you felt that you were herded around with the rest of the visitors and not able to stop for long to study some of the more interesting parts. Fantastic views from the ramparts but would be nice to get views from the top... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Spent about 2 to 3 hours going round the castle and ramparts. The audio tour was interesting and informative. Would highly recommend this.

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Surrey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

The historical citadel Is a must see!. Medieval Carcassonne is the most impressive fortified medieval town to be found in France. Apparently in the 19th century it was in such bad repair that was scheduled for demolition. To see it today you would never think so as it has been carefully repaired to it's magnificent glory. My advice to any... More 

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Buckhurst Hill, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Great attraction and a must visit site in Carcasonne. Plenty of restaurants , and things inside to cater for all different types of tourists and visitors alike. Did'nt go into the castle itself but managed to get some decent photo's off the top of the ramparts.

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Ashville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Never in my life did I expect this. A walled city, still intact with so many things to see, places to visit, museums, restaurants and still it looks like a knight should come riding up on his destrier. The fairy tale look of the ramparts and the overall feel is like you stepped back in time,. Definitely a wonderful place... More 

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Vienna, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This place is mind-blowing!! Inside the Cite - (besides the shops) the buildings and views are spectacular!! There is a fabulous Basilica with lots of stained glass windows also. Loved the cassoulet and the nice restaurants also.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Expected that, like most ancient structures, it had been entirely reconstructed, given the great condition of the walls. In actuality, only 20% of the structures are restored, with the vast majority of the walls remaining in their original state. Very cool history can be seen from the evolution of the fortifications. The castle museum is mediocre, with a small collection... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Beutifully preserved, historic venue that is still home to many residents and artists. The ramparts and passageway are a delight to explore.

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derby
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

well worth the visit. hired the audio phones but were hampered by people without them. the building is so diverse and the history of it is very interesting. you can leave for lunch and re-enter later on that day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The world is full of interesting historic places buit this is in a class of its own.Big but Intimate old but with a bit of retail therapy thrown in Lovely feeling of enrichment when you finally leave.

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Address: 1, rue Viollet-le-Duc, 11000 Carcassonne, France
Phone Number: 04 68 11 70 70
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Languedoc-Roussillon  >  Aude  >  Carcassonne

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