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Chateau of Coucy

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Address: Nr. D 5, 02380 Coucy-le-Chateau-Auffrique, France
Phone Number: 03 23 52 71 28
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Description: The Château and fortifications formed one of the largest defensive...
The Château and fortifications formed one of the largest defensive structures ever constructed in France. Spreading over 14 hectares, Coucy originally included 33 towers and ramparts stretching over two kilometres. The four main corner towers were similar in size to the central keep of the royal palace of the Louvre while the keep at Coucy was the largest castle tower in Christendom. The ruins remain an impressive and evocative reminder of Coucy’s grandeur despite being badly damaged in the First World War. Open:> 2nd May to 4th September: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.> 5th September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,0 €; 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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Amazing underground

We booked this holiday without realising how great the "broken bits" would be. The caves underground are amazing and held the children's interest for 2hrs. They found the toilets... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
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78 reviews 78 reviews
27 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

We booked this holiday without realising how great the "broken bits" would be. The caves underground are amazing and held the children's interest for 2hrs. They found the toilets and the dungeons funny but still stopped to read the signs. This part of France used to be the 3rd most visited place in France before ww1 and you can see... More 

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Sussex
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Some said if you just want to see some rubble - not true. The way the renovation work has been carried out is fantastic. It was a glorious sunny day when I visited and spent an hour just walking around. Well worth a visit.

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York, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Largely intact until the Germany occupation in the Great War, Chateau de Coucy is an absolute gem. Still with an amazing history and of immense architectural importance we were captivated for a good few hours. The fortified village is lovely, the Pizzeria in La Place offers an eclectic range of foods suitable for all the family - they do a... More 

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Wolverhampton, England
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56 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Although much of the castle has been destroyed it is still really interseting to explore. Our kids really enjoyed going into the cellars etc. There are really well produced displays around the castle which tell you about its history and also show how the castle looked at various points in its history. Highly recommended!

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Somerset, UK
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We stumbled on this quite by chance and turned off the main road to see more. Other than the ruins there isn't much to see, but the illustrations of how the medival chateau is thought to have looked is very interesting, and there is a lot of information on the history as well. I thought the entrance fee was a... More 

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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Beautiful sleepy fortified hilltop village. Lovely walk all around walls, through a field of tame goats. Perfect way to unwind at beginning of touring holiday.

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Yogya
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275 attraction reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

This castle is around 1.5 hrs from Paris in relaxing drive mode. Once we arrived there, it is quite disappointing since it is just a ruin of old chateau. In the past there is no doubt that this was a huge and stunning building in the area, but unfortunately after World War 2, there is really nothing left. In the... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We were the only visitors when we looked around the castle on a sunny April afternoon.Dating from the 8th century, and seriously expanded in the 1200s, it is very impressive in its scale, and there are numerous signs (in English) telling the history and explaining the development of the castle, along with very interesting pictures to show how the castle... More 

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Herentals, Antwerpen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The castle of Coucy was constructed by Enguerrand III between 1225 and 1240 on the site of a Carolingian fortification. Between 1380 and 1387 Enguerrand VII modernized the living quarters and added new kitchens and service buildings. Between 1400 and 1405 Louis of Orleans provided extra kitchen space in the lower court and further embellished the noble apartments. A final... More 

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Seringes-et-Nesles, Picardie, France
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93 reviews 93 reviews
26 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Free on the first Sunday of every month, the Chateau of Coucy is a GREAT half-day trip for all the members of your family. The ground is even and level for older folks and those with strollers/young children yet offers plenty of running/playing/exploring space inside the castle and around the exterior to tire out the kids. We enjoyed walking around... More 

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