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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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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

TOP TIP: don't wait in the queues first thing. Aim to visit around midday when everybody bolts for lunch. We did not have to queue at all at this time, but morning queues before 10am stretch for miles. Despite the title of this review, I actually loved Carcassonne's castle. But being the main, paid attraction in this city, I was... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

An excellent walk around the old castle and some of the walls, with interesting displays inside, but you need to be fit as there are so many steps up and down. We missed the entrance to the older, Roman walls as we did the ramparts walk and exited near the Hotel de la Cite.

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Chester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This place is just so amazing we took the horse drawn tour and also did the medieval tournament. Inside the walls there are so many lovely places to eat drink and just sit rest and take in the atmosphere. A must if you are anywhere near

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Interesting info on the restoration of the fortifications and lovely views over the surrounding city and landscapes. Info boards have English but you should probably pay the extra for the audio guide to get the most out of the visit.

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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Well worth the cost and we decided to take the additional audio tour. This gave us a much more in depth insight into the castle's history and how it evolved over the years. You cannot come to Carcassonne without doing the tour.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

On our way from Perpignan to Bordeaux it was the perfect spot to visit. Lots to see & do. Fabulous places to eat lunch and lots of great views from atop the wall walk. We didn't do the tour itself (no time) but will go back to visit again.

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Kensington, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Years ago i passed through Carcassone on the train and was captivated the the castle. A few years ago, while living in Montpelier, we took my brother in law. I found the place overly touristic and less authentic than i had hoped for. We have not returned. In comparison we took several sets of visitors to Nimes and Arles

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Lovely place and well worth the walk around. Fantastic views of the surrounding area, i would recommend this place

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We were unsure about paying to get into the chateau et remparts when there was already so much to see just wandering around the Cite, but it was worth it. Amazing views and lots of information on boards around the castle. There was an audio tour to but we didn't bother with that. Definitely worth going in.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The most interesting way to approach the Castle is to take the "Train Bus" from the town (opposite the rail station across the canal). We bought the return tickets at 6€ each which brings you back via a different route providing different aspects of the Castle coming and going. The castle is full of tourist shops and restaurants. It's easy... More

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