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“The Seven Locks”

The nine Locks of Fonseranes
Ranked #2 of 52 things to do in Beziers
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 29, 2013

It shouldn't be but is always interesting to watch the boats rising and descending the seven locks of the Canal de Midi outside Beziers. Part of the fascination is awe at the incredible engineering feat which was put together by Paul Ricquet over two hundred years ago and the other part (I regret) is watching ham fisted Sunday bargers make a mess of the whole process. Which ever turns you on it is a great way to waste a few hours on a summer afternoon.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We bring visitors here and it invariably goes down well. I'll echo the comment about finding it if driving because of the one-way loops. You need to come into Beziers from the Narbonne road so head out of Beziers that way first if coming from town. Follow Toutes Directions and you'll also see small white signs. Take a right turn soon after you go under the railway line immediately before you cross part of the canal. If you come to a big roundabout by the aqueduct you've gone too far.

The locks are impressive, especially when in operation so note they are close to boats at lunchtime. At the top of the flight is a small information centre with picture and descriptions although only in French. Cross over the canal to view the now disused boat lift.

Worth combining with the Malpas canal tunnel and visitor centre and the Oppidum d'Ensérune 10 mins to the west near Colombiers. Also impressive is the aqueduct over the Orb about 1Km east towards Beziers. Walk from the locks if you can as parking nearer the aqueduct is tricky.

4  Thank grahamt34
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

A little hard to find because of the roundabouts but once you find it you'll know. Watched the locks fill and drain to let the tour boats through the canal du midi was very interesting. Quick stop or you can take the tour boat down - which we opted out of. Snack shop available at the site as well.

1  Thank Jagnes1
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Watching boats going through the locks is a pleasant way to spend some time. There are picnic tables, cafe, tourist office, gift shop. well worth a visit.

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

The run of 7 locks at Fonserannes, in Bezier is rightly a great tourist attraction and an insight into 17th century French engineering. Towards the end of the Canal du Midi, this is a good place to go for an afternoon. It was amazing watching boats coming and going through the circular lock with three entrances

1  Thank SergeLourie
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