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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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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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So much more than a pile of rubble

As you enter the château there does not appear to be much to see but the place just keeps opening up as you walk around. There are stunning views from the ramparts, as would be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 21, 2015
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

As you enter the château there does not appear to be much to see but the place just keeps opening up as you walk around. There are stunning views from the ramparts, as would be expected from an essentially defensive construction. Restoration has been limited just to ensure no further deterioration of the building's fabric but there are plenty of... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

After stumbling across the castle quite by accident in the early 1970s I found the fascinating book about Enguerrand de Coucy VII by Barbara S Tuchman a few years later. I've probably read it half a dozen times over the years. The first 2 visits were in glorious Picardy sunshine, the last in August 2015 was in lashing rain and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Ruined Chateau with interesting history. Takes about an hour. About 5 Euro for adults and kids free. Was interesting to contrast with Chateau at Pierrefonds about 40 mins away.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Once the largest fortification in Europe and sadly ruined by the Germans at the end of WW1. An amazing building!

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Thank Dou600
Hereford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Find the dungeon - I'm glad I'm not a 12th century baddie! Gift shop sells all the usual stuff. Beautiful views.

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Canberra
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The remains of this chateau are spread over a large area and gave us a pleasant sunny and educational afternoon. It was built in the 13th century and renovated in the 19th century. In 1917 (WW1) the German army dynamited the keep and the four towers using 28 tons of explosives to prevent their use by enemy artillery spotters as... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is defiantly worth a visit, even when you enter it takes some time to find the interesting part. This would have been a magnificent structure unfortunately the uninvited guests in the war destroyed most of it....such a shame

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

A massive chateau which is pretty much a ruin similar to some of our british castles. There is still plenty to see and the whole family found it interesting reading about the history of this place. Some great underground features to be seen too.

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Thank Cheshiregirls5
Stroud, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

Ok it was sunny, but the Chateau is huge and lived up to the detour we made to see it. Set in absolutely beautiful countryside which can be clearly seen all round from the ramparts. En route to Champagne, definitely worth the detour.

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Thank Peter H
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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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