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Castle and Ramparts of Carcassonne

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Address: 1, rue Viollet-le-Duc, 11000, Carcassonne, France
Phone Number: 04 68 11 70 70
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Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became an...

Carcassonne was settled as early as the 6th century BC and later became an important Roman town. It was fortified in the 4th century and was a strategic site in the Middle Ages. It took on its definitive shape in the 13th century with the king’s decision to construct the distinctive double-walled ramparts and extend the castle. The city was restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century and is a testimony to 1,000 years of military architecture and 2,600 years of history. See a 12-minute film combining 3-D images and close-up footage; walk along the galleries, the fortified walls and the north ramparts; discover the museum of masonry and many other attractions. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > April to September: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. > October to March: from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 8,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; 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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Beautiful Medieval Castle, great atmosphere

Visit the information centre and get tickets to do the ramparts - some fantastic views from ramparts. You can imagine those bow and arrows. Very Robin Hood! Am currently... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visit the information centre and get tickets to do the ramparts - some fantastic views from ramparts. You can imagine those bow and arrows. Very Robin Hood! Am currently reading Labyrinth so for me it was great. Was lucky to be here for Bastille Day and saw the wonderful fireworks in the evening.

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Absolutely amazing views from these restored ramparts , transports you back in time and you cannot help but admire the quality of this restoration.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

it is a must. just walk around a stare, literally stare at everythnig. i have no words to describe this castle/fortress

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Blackwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A trip back in time this place is ancient. A must for any visitir to the region. I loved walking around the ancient streets

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Oradell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Probably the the most impressive of all the fortified villages I have seen in Europe. The castle itself is mind-bogglingly large and in fantastic condition, but what really stood out was the village within the ramparts, offering a large selection of great eateries and charming stores with non-junky offerings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The castle and ramparts are paid for separately (the rest of the city is free to walk around). It's worth the money and I'd recommend getting the audio device as that gives lots of interesting information. The views from the ramparts are stunning and it's worth paying just for those!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have been to several castles in the world, even stayed in some of them. This one takes the prize. It is so massive and beautifully restaured. An absolute must for any D&D or medieval history fans. Highly recommend to stay inone of the hotels inside the walls.

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Llandudno, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Free to go in, and wander around to your heat's content- plenty to see, it is a working town, absolutely brilliant

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful place and great place for a short break. big old medieval city can spend hours wandering through maze of cobbled streets

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very impressive on an enormous scale. Most fantastic views from all around particularly of the snow capped Pyrenees. Well worth the climb up and down. Great choice of places to eat,drink and shop once you are within the walls. Wear good footwear for walking on cobbles. Would be slippery if wet.

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