Fort Saint-Andre
Fort Saint-Andre
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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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rmitgoteam
Naples, FL1,201 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We were disappointed in our visit here. There is not much to see on the inside other than some gardens which are mostly green and a few jumbly ruins. There is a nice panorama of Avignon, but you can see this during the walk up from the large parking lot below the fort. The best photo of the fort is at the front entrance before you enter. There is also an excellent panorama view of the fort from the Rocher des Doms above the Palais des Papes in Avignon. I don’t like writing unfavorable reviews, but I cannot recommend paying the 9 Euro entrance fee when there is so little to see. We regretted paying to go inside after our visit.
Written May 18, 2023
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Hello, please leave your comments about the gardens on their tripadvisor page. The fort is a state monument with a ticket at 6 €. Best regards
Written December 5, 2023
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sasalliee
62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
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.
Written November 13, 2013
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KKarr123
Saint Charles, MO90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
Wandering these fort ruins, with its beautiful views back to the city and the papal palace was well worth an afternoon of time. There is a lovely garden there as well, and its close to an Abbey and the tower of Phillip the fair, so lots of things to do in the area. It was neat seeing inside some of the fort rooms, where there was graffiti going back several hundred years. Relaxing and fun, but there is rough terrain and steps, and its a steep walk up to the Fort from the bus station and town, so bring your walking shoes!
Written November 11, 2018
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waterandmore
Rockland, ME2,624 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
We took a cab from Avignon and arranged for us to be picked up an hour or so later. It was definitely worth the trip. When visiting be prepared for walking on cobblestones and for many stairs. The 14th century fort has an interesting history and was a very important fortification on the edge of the kingdom of Frances. The views across the Rhone and towards Avignon are incredible. When you stand below the main gate and its twin towers you marvel at the siting of the fortress and its construction. You also wonder at how the walls could have been scaled, except on the southern side, by troops who would have been very exposed. The fort also protected an abbey and a small village. If you see the fort from Avignon and wonder what it is all about, do plan a visit.
Written October 5, 2016
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miura74
Pittsburgh, PA146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
We caught the bus from just outside the Post Office and it took us out of Avignon and over the river in about 15 minutes. Much better than walking in the heat, especially as there is still a big walk up the hill to the fort once you arrive in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. Take bottled water, snacks and refreshment with you because there isn't anything available at the fort. There is very little shade or seating up there too, so be prepared! Also worth noting, the gardens were shut when we visited.
We planned to walk around the fort, so once we got through the gates, we set off up this steep rocky track to reach the entrance to the towers and ramparts. It was very treacherous and nearly impossible with our stroller. Felt like an intense work out challenge! It took a good 15-20 minute walk to get across the land inside the interior of the walls, walk around the perimeter and finally reach the entrance stairway. This was completely inaccessible to anyone with any type of mobility problem. Even just to walk around and not enter the fort is very challenging. Wear good walking shoes!
The views of Avignon are very beautiful, though you can see a similar view from the bottom of the fort without climbing the tower and braving the creaky wooden floor boards that run all the way along the top of the ramparts. If you do brave the climb though, the panoramic views of the countryside, city and river are well worth it! We were very happy with our adventure to the fort, as it is very impressive. The walk up the hill is rewarded by stunning views, and when you walk back down into town to get the bus back to back to Avignon, there is a lovely square with bars and cafes where you can cool down and relax.

Written July 10, 2015
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gingkoleaf
Faversham40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
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.
Written November 8, 2013
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pwchan
Hong Kong, China116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Friends
I don't usually chose to visit historic gardens but after a chance visit , was sold on this one. Very calm and inspiring and the views are worth the steep walk to get there.
Written April 5, 2013
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Chrism27manchester
Valence, France14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Nice little visit with the kids, great views of surrounding areas. This fort is a nice visit without being anything special.
Written February 28, 2020
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Hello, thank you for coming. Best regards
Written March 10, 2022
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,890 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
As you enter through the fort gates you'll see a big sign 50 metres or so away for tickets. But that’s not for the fort, it’s for the Abbey and gardens. Tickets for the fort are immediately on your left in a building you could easily miss, no obvious sign.
While the parapet walls are substantial and restored in parts there is not a lot for your money. One of the best parts is the view back to Avignon and you can get that for free from outside, but not quite so elevated. An entry combined with the Abbey gardens might be worth it but both sites together add up to more than some of the stunning historical sites in the area. ..
Written October 2, 2019
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ned878
Cardiff, UK106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We visited the Fort in August and it was very impressive. From the ramparts you get stunning panoramic views of Avignon and the surrounding countryside, including Mount Ventoux. Go early if its hot and also pay for the Abbye Saint Andre, which is within the Fort, its has lovely gardens and again stunning views. A great sight to visit and a lot less busy than the main Avignon sights.
Written August 12, 2019
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