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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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23,50 euro for a visit for two, including the worthwhile audio guide. Allow a couple of hours for the visit, especially if you like to listen to the audioguides in depth. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

23,50 euro for a visit for two, including the worthwhile audio guide. Allow a couple of hours for the visit, especially if you like to listen to the audioguides in depth. The castle is NOT handicapped accessible. We watched an elderly man struggle up the first flight of steps, and saw his disappointment as the next flight immediately loomed up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

Heavily updated from some ruins since 1880. Brilliant. A real castle that looks like it did. Walk everywhere and absorb the history and detail.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Tickets provide access to ramparts otherwise not accessible. These provide superb views of Carcassone and further afield (Pyrenees) and also the inner walled cite you are visiting. At the end of the rampart walk a path guides you around the castle etc. which is a really interesting hour long experience, with a good fil show telling you how Carcassone evolved.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Even if you are not into history ,it's lovely to look at .have a coffee or have a bit to eat ,or just sit and watch the world go by . .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The most incredible and impressive structure and place to visit. You can't help but hear voices from the past, a definite must see!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Our second time here with my 9 year old, and as we walked around, the two of us engaged in conversation, taking us back to the times when this Castle was a live functioning place. It truly is a remarkable feat to have renovated this and the city. It costs 8:50 euros for adults and free for children. I feel... More 

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Clint, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I never tire of visiting this magnificent working castle. And, yes, several thousand years of Aude/Languedoc-Roussillon/Catalonia area history was restored in the 19th century; however, the state of disrepair was so pervasive that the French government was going to tear everything down (very unusual). Huge outcry. So, the castle was restored with the original plans (for example, the 5th century... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Second visit was just as impressive as the first. I had to go back with my cousins and my sons. Don't miss this. It is incredible and is the only medieval city with two walls surrounding it.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

The interior of the fortified city is beautiful to wander round. Lots of shops, restaurants and sights to see. We spent hours just walking round taking in the sights.

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Bordeaux, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Fabulous walled City in excellent condition. The city is full of shops & restaurants and more. Lovely day out for all the family. It is open at night as are the businesses so go back for a really atmospheric meal.

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