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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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Although spectacular, it was too popular for its own good. We had a lot of trouble fining the access to the walls and took several attempt to locate it. Warning - if you only want wall walk the entrance is hidden near the tourist office near the main gate. The main gate and central route is hideously crowded and you... More

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Kaarina, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Very impressive old castle and ramparts with magnificient views of the surrounding landscape. The whole old town is well worth the visit.

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

There is no doubt this is an amazing site. The Cité has stood for centuries and has an impressive solidity. The shops inside are not as expensive as we had been led to believe, and we found an excellent patisserie. The staff in the Office de Tourisme were extremely helpful. That said it is crowded, everyone wants to see it,... More

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Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Took Le Petite Tren de la Cite, around the walls, short and interesting. Later walked around the city inundated with tourist junk (T-Shirts, knickknacks, post cards etc.) and there were many families with small children all jammed together. The castle itself and the surrounding towers is very impressive and notable in that it was never captured nor conquered. Most tours... More

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boston, ma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

its not rally original, it was restored in the 19th century, but it is spectacular in a touristy sort of way. very visual, worth a stop for a few hours

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manchester, uk
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

strange you have to pay 8.50 euros for this, personally I didn't think it was worth it. Not too much to see beyond what you can get from a guide book.

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

You really need to go to the Chateau/Palace to be able to walk around the ramparts. It is well worth the money to do so. The views are totally stunning. You can see the Bastide below and far into the countryside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

A must when you visit the old cite you get some great views and it is a great way to get an idea about the whole cite.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A faultless place to visit - if in Carcassonne this is a must do visit. Also worth paying the few extra euros for the recorded guide. Well worth it,.

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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Pay to go into the castle, it is worth it and an audio guide tells so much more than just wandering around. Some expensive restaurants but most are reasonable

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