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1 rue Viollet le Duc, 11000 Carcassonne, France
+33 4 68 11 70 70
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Carcassonne Sightseeing Tour
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Self-Guided 8-Hour City Tour from Toulouse to Carcassonne
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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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1 rue Viollet le Duc, 11000 Carcassonne, France
+33 4 68 11 70 70
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved our visit to the cite in Carcassonne. With a 5yo who loves knights, archers, kings & queens it was great. To run along the medieval & Roman were walls was not to be forgotten. The entrance fees are less than 10euro per person...More

Thank DachK
Reviewed 1 week ago

Carcassonne is one of the most visited places in France , apparently second only to the Eiffel / Paris, and rightly so. The whole thing is brimmed with all the details of wars and war designs in way of defending it and keeping the Fort...More

Thank Gardesh76
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is part of the total package of the walled city of Carcassonne, and is best enjoyed with the addition of a knowledgeable guild. You can, of course, have a great guide book in your hand, but our guide made us feel almost "there".

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is definitely worth the visit and in the off season they do great deals on tickets and for young people under 25 it is free. Beautiful views and you learn a lot walking around. Shame to visit carcassonne without visiting the castle!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was on my bucket list after reading some novels about the city. A day visit is enough. It was very busy in October. I think it would be awful duri g school holidays.

Thank Ann S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Castle is part of the cite of Carcassonne. It's beautiful and a "have to do" when your there. The tours could be organized better tough (also the audio guided tours). Around midtime part of the tour is not doable cause the passages are closed. It's...More

Thank PeruTraveler2014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Anyone in their right mind who is visiting the region must pay the few Euros it takes to get inside the Citadel and tour the rampart walls of La Cite. The history is simply breathtaking. All for 9 Euros. OK, so it was largely reconstructed...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited before but have very recently relocated to Carcassonne! We had a joyful vist from some friends today and their three young boys. We walked up to the Remparts and the awe and wonder in our friend's eyes was fantastic. Nevertheless, it was...More

Thank MRB01
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very good few hours spent walking around, be sure to watch the whole film in the cinema. Good bars/ cafes around. A must see on things to see whilst in the south of France

Thank Ian B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the main castle within the overall fantastic medieval city. this castle by itself is also fantastic and you want to explore it. The admission to the castle includes walking along the ramparts, also (it's free to enter the ancient city as a whole,...More

Thank TravelingFamilyTrip
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Pavel H
8 June 2016|
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Response from markwood | Reviewed this property |
there are both the inner and outer ramparts. The outer are free. You pay for the inner. I think its 11/12 euros for the inner
21 February 2015|
Response from JamesCarcassonne |
The Chateau Comtal is a "Cathar Castle" but you would never guess it from the Tourist literature. The other 50 or so Cathar Castles are miles away and most of them charge entry fees. So the answer for Cathar Castles is... More