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“Well worth a visit from Avignon” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fort Saint-Andre

Fort Saint-Andre
4 rue Montee du Fort, 30400 Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France
04 90 25 45 35
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Cultural
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Owner description: Built to affirm the hegemony of the Capetian monarchy over its neighbours in Avignon the Fort of Saint-André, which is very well preserved, exemplifies the degree of perfection attained by military architecture of the 14th century. Dominating the Charterhouse of Villeneuve-lez-Avignon it can be considered as an outstanding monument. Open:> 1st April to 15th May: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.> 16th May to 15th September: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.> 16th to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.> 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 40 minutes before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4 €; 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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“Well worth a visit from Avignon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The fort is opposite the historic town of Avignon in the rival town of Villeneuve-lez-Avignon (not really a “new” town as it was built by the royals in medieval times to combat increasing papal power opposite). The fort can be visited by walking across from Avignon over 2 bridges, past the tower of Philippe le Bel (interesting in itself) and up the hill- this all takes about 40 minutes of solid walking. The walk will takes you through the Jardins Pompidou and the medieval town of Villeneuve but it is a steep climb at the end. Alternatively you can take the bus (number 5, cost 1.30 euros each way), but will still need to finish with a steep climb. The fort is only open in the afternoons out of season after 2 pm. It is not busy inside (we were the only people) nor is it expensive (the Avignon PASS applies here too). The site is interesting but has little information, which would have been helpful- the folded pamphlet gave little info beyond a very small map and some basic information which children would be happy with. The castle has amazing views and is in a good state meaning you can see a lot of structures. The wall walk is particularly nice. No food or drink is available on site and the town is a good 5 minutes steep climb so take your own water!

Visited March 2014
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“A fantastic place but needs more documentation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

First of all, Villeneuve is a relatively undiscovered jewel in this area. The town square is lovely and you can feel a certain French quality of life in the place. A must if you want to escape the crowds over the river.

My four year old son and I really enjoyed exploring the fort - a steep climb up but manageable for my boy. What is lacking are enough information posters around to give the visitor enough context about the significance of the building. The views are, as you might expect, superb.

Visited February 2014
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“Great views, historical ruins”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Visting Fort Saint-Andre was the perfect thing to do on our first day in Villeneuve-les-Avignon. I am a big fan of ruins and historic sites and I was surprised at the size of the fort and by how much I could walk through (and on top of). When buying our tickets we also received the Avignon pass, which is free and provides discounts at the sites and museums in Avignon and Villeneuve les Avignon. The Pass is good 15 days and is good for the whole family (5 persons max). It was a beautiful day and we had so many great and varying scenic views of both the cities and of the fort.

Visited October 2013
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“Amazing views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

I love being up high, and this is about as high as it gets in this part of France. Be warned, there are plenty of steps, but the views are worth it. The tiny Bellevue Chapel is a gem. Buy a combined ticket with Chartreuse for the best value.

Visited November 2013
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“Good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Fort Saint-Andre is a substantial historical site that should be visited if you go to Villeneuve-les-Avignon. In conjunction with the gardens, it is worthwhile.
The buildings in the fort are interesting with enough differences from other similar sites around Provence. The views are terrific and the inside of the buildings are good but could be done better in my view if relevant contents were included rather than the bare building.

Visited September 2013
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