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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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Javea, Spain
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74 reviews 74 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

First a warning - this is not an easy visit for anyone with disabilities - Cobbled, crowded streets, restricted access and steps and slopes. The ancient castle and surrounding city and walls were rebuilt in the mid 1800's so are not truly authentic. However there are parts of the original castle dating from Roman times. These are the same type... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Despite the very touristy feel of the City ..... it is well worth the visit. Remember that this is older than the Incan and Aztec wonders that seem to hold so much more attraction. Remarkable castle and worth having a familiarity with its history and make up before you go.

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Tampa, Florida
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86 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

The castle was interesting. But, we had the most fun just walking along the top of the city wall, completely around the city. A must for Carcasonne.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Loved the views and walk over to the old city from the centre of Carcasonne across the pedestrian bridge and river. As we got closer, the stepping back in time became more pronounced. In spite of it being very touristy at every turn within the ramparts, with souvenir shops and restaurants all over the place, this did not put us... More

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Windsor, California, United States
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Carcassonne was the highlight of a four week trip to Europe. The city is beautiful, the people and merchants are friendly. Take a trip back in time and see what early France was like - at the same time you get to have flush toilets. Win - Win

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

The castle and ramparts are amazing and well worth the €8.50 price for an adult entry. We arrived around 4 on a sunny afternoon and, as another reviewer remarked, it was barely possible to move along any of the streets in the old city. We decided to return in the morning when the castle opened and this was a great... More

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Montesson, France
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61 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

At around 9 euros a head, this is a very worthwhile attraction. We had a problem with one audio guide but that was rectified. We also missed some of the ramparts the first time round (there are 2 separate sections) but we were readmitted without any hassle.

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

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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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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