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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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An amazing sight. We spent a couple of mornings here walking round and soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the views from the castle. Easy to imagine what it must have been... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

The view as you walk along the bridge and first catch a glimpse of Carcasonne is spectacular. The castle and medieval town from the outside is a picture perfect postcard. However once you enter the medieval town you will be faced with cheap shops selling things you don't need or desire, too many restaurants most probably serving mediocre cuisine. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

An amazing sight. We spent a couple of mornings here walking round and soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the views from the castle. Easy to imagine what it must have been like in medieval times. The castle has lots of info boards in various languages showing you what it looked like and how the castle was used, which was... More 

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Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

You can spent the whole day there. This old fortified castle is as big as a city and offers therefore everything you need to have good time. Bars are expensive and restaurants too. To visit the very center you pay almost 9€: cheapest! It wasn't worth seeing only stones. No armours or old furniture to see..I can only recommend to... More 

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LEICESTER
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Due to queues at the ticket office we bought our tickets some hours in advance/ When we arrived back at the designated time no=one seemed to know where we should wait. Fortunately met our guide in the courtyard. Guide was very knowledgeable and took us on a full tour explaining it's history and significance.. Only at end we realised guide... More 

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Ystrad Mynach, South Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Carcassonne the Castle is a wonderful place fully deserving its place as a heritage site. Take with you lots of money however becasue there is so much nice stuff to buy. I went with my two adult daughters in May and we had a wonderful time, I have been before with my husband, mother and two of my granddaughters, each... More 

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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Th e castle and ramparts of Carcassonne are a real gem. If you are here you shoul definitely see this place. Although there are many tourists you get a good feel for the medieval times. Lot´s of things to see. Especially with children they can easily imagine being a knight or princess of Carcassonne. Did you notice how deep this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

At €8.50 this seemed like ok value. You got to go up and walk along around half of the ramparts and also look around the keep. The ten minute video was really interesting. We did have to queue for a while but did find out that you can also get tickets at the end of one of the rampart walks... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Everyone should go see Carcassonne, it is such a beautiful town and really feels like a working town very much inside a medieval castle. You feel like you've gone back in time looking at the stone stairs, leaded glass windows, cute and adorable living spaces of the townspeople. There of course, are plenty of shops and restaurants to visit too.... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

An evocative place to visit - the queue for tickets was daunting but it was well worth the effort. Once inside the castle and ramparts it is an interesting building with great views.

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Cheshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

There's no denying that the Carcassonne Cite is impressive - even if it has been mainly rebuilt. That said, the same can be said of any ancient structure (and it is ancient, some of the tower foundations apparently date back to the Roman period). Best choose a quieter day if possible, and try and visit the keep and ramparts before... More 

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