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Chateau d'If

1 quai de la Fraternite, 13001 Marseille, France
+33 4 91 59 02 30
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Skip the Line Ticket Ticket: Castle of If
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USD 108.17*
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Private Tour: Marseille City Sightseeing and Chateau d'If
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USD 31.07*
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This famous fortress, standing on a rocky island off the coast of Marseille, was immortalised by Alexandre Dumas in The Count of Monte Cristo as the prison where the novel’s hero, Edmond Dantes, was incarcerated before ultimately escaping. The castle was built by Francois I in 1524 and over the centuries it gained a fearsome reputation as many opponents of royal power were jailed and died in the fortress. The Castle of If has been perfectly preserved and is one of the most impressive historical sites on the Mediterranean coastline. Open: > 15th May to 20th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6.15 p.m. > 21st September to 14th May: from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. The last visit depends on the timetable of boats, information at the tourist information center, on our website monuments-nationaux.fr or on Frioul If express. Closed: > Mondays from 21st September to 14th May. > 1st January, 25th December and subject to bad weather. 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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“monte cristo” (92 reviews)
“boat ride” (34 reviews)
1 quai de la Fraternite, 13001 Marseille, France
+33 4 91 59 02 30
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Interesting chateau, great story, unhurried around the attraction, although you have to pay €6 to enter. But don't trust the boat times at all, and be prepared for a long, hot wait (no shade) and the company to use a completely different timetable to the...More

Thank Tasmin100
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enchanting - was converted to a prison for the city of Marseilles, and became infamous for the exclusivity of its guest list. Common criminals were imprisoned on the mainland, and in the Chateau d’If only important persons were incarcerated

1  Thank Batoul H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The views all around the island, both back towards Marseille and out over the other islands are impressive, while the chateau itself could be a little underwhelming depending on what you are expecting. The entrance fee for the island (on top of the boat ticket)...More

Thank Helen W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything on this island s dedicated to Dumas. The castle is not big but the view from it to Marseille is amazing.

Thank Nina M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Big tip: get yourself a city pass for marseille. It comes with alot of freebies and add ons, which made our 4 days trip very entertaining! We saved on all museum entrances plus the boat ride to If island AND free entrance to the chateau....More

Thank JoandraC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had limited time in Marseilles but wanted to experience the flavour of the city. From the cruise ship we took a free shuttle to La Joliette. Then we walked a few blocks to the tourist bureau to pick up our city pass. We were...More

2  Thank Gogizmo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came from the sea with calanques cruise ship and it is great to see this Chateau located on the cliff of rocks. You can not miss it and you can take great pictures from the sea.

Thank Yossi N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was so excited to go here! It's a location in the Count of Monte Cristo and it was a wonderful experience. It was quiet and peaceful when my friends and I went but it also had that air of sadness and tragedy. I didn't...More

1  Thank Kate B
Reviewed 15 July 2017

Nice boat ride - especially on the hot July day.Tip: start early to avoid long lines to buy tickets. We didn't disembark at the island, thoug many people did to visit the cell whe legendary Count was prisoned for long 14 years.

1  Thank AlexLMaryL
Reviewed 10 July 2017

The boat ride to the island is nice and the island has great views of the city. The chateau is interesting if you are a fan of Dumas but the rooms aren't much to see. They are all empty rooms without anything to read in...More

1  Thank Andrew M
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18 June 2017|
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Response from Eric A | Reviewed this property |
We visited in February of 2016. The schedule was more limited then, but it was still a popular trip.
12 April 2017|
Response from emafalc | Reviewed this property |
I' m sorry I don"t know. Maybe in website you can find this info.
12 April 2017|
Response from Sally T | Reviewed this property |
I don't see any Pet's around the island........