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Chateau of Coucy

Nr. D 5, 02380 Coucy-le-Chateau-Auffrique, France
03 23 52 71 28
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Type: Castles
Owner description: The Château and fortifications formed one of the largest defensive structures ever constructed in France. Spreading over 14 hectares, Coucy originally... more » Owner description: 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 « less
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York, United Kingdom
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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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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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5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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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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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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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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63 reviews 63 reviews
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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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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The sheer scale of this castle, even in its ruined state, makes it a hugely impressive experience. It wasn't just a fortress but also a palace which in its day surpassed those of the king of France. The upper village of Coucy is built in what was the castle's outer bailey, defended by some of its 30-odd towers. The custodian... More

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Spent an hour or so at the castle ruins which are in a lovely lovely location on a hill with great views. The museum was closed but we had the place to ourselves during the visit. Certainly worth a visit for all the history of the place. There are some nice picnic locations around too.

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