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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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Large and noble

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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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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Stroud, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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