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Chateau of Coucy

Nr. D 5, 02380 Coucy-le-Chateau-Auffrique, France
+33 3 23 52 71 28
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A lovely castle, in a beautiful location. A great place to spend an hour or two, probably en route... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Steve J
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Coucy ruins

We stopped here for a couple hours on the way to Pierrefonds and the Chateau de Fere. It was well... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2017
Leslie L
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The Château and fortifications formed one of the largest defensive structures ever constructed in France. Spreading over 14 hectares, Coucy originally included 33 towers and ramparts stretching over two kilometres. The four main corner towers were similar in size to the central keep of the royal palace of the Louvre while the keep at Coucy was the largest castle tower in Christendom. The ruins remain an impressive and evocative reminder of Coucy’s grandeur despite being badly damaged in the First World War. Open: > 2nd May to 4th September: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. > 5th September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,0 €; 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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Nr. D 5, 02380 Coucy-le-Chateau-Auffrique, France
+33 3 23 52 71 28
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely castle, in a beautiful location. A great place to spend an hour or two, probably en route to somewhere else.

Thank Steve J
Reviewed 24 April 2017

We stopped here for a couple hours on the way to Pierrefonds and the Chateau de Fere. It was well worth the stop, especially if you are a Barbara Tuchman fan (Distant Mirror). The explanatory signage is excellent. You can explore all the nooks and...More

1  Thank Leslie L
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Visited the ruins of the "Chateau" and the castle whilst staying nearby. Whilst most of the site is in ruins, there are some great views to be had from the ramparts, plus it's still possible to climb to the tops of some of the walls...More

1  Thank Frontera2
Reviewed 11 May 2016

Nice to walk around the walls in the sunshine. There are a couple of locations for food, otherwise it's very quiet.

1  Thank SteveLlanelli
Reviewed 21 November 2015

As you enter the château there does not appear to be much to see but the place just keeps opening up as you walk around. There are stunning views from the ramparts, as would be expected from an essentially defensive construction. Restoration has been limited...More

2  Thank Paul F
Reviewed 13 November 2015

After stumbling across the castle quite by accident in the early 1970s I found the fascinating book about Enguerrand de Coucy VII by Barbara S Tuchman a few years later. I've probably read it half a dozen times over the years. The first 2 visits...More

2  Thank parisamsterdam2007
Reviewed 25 October 2015

Ruined Chateau with interesting history. Takes about an hour. About 5 Euro for adults and kids free. Was interesting to contrast with Chateau at Pierrefonds about 40 mins away.

2  Thank Matthew S
Reviewed 6 October 2015

Once the largest fortification in Europe and sadly ruined by the Germans at the end of WW1. An amazing building!

1  Thank Dou600
Reviewed 15 August 2015

Find the dungeon - I'm glad I'm not a 12th century baddie! Gift shop sells all the usual stuff. Beautiful views.

2  Thank Hannah S
Reviewed 21 July 2015

The remains of this chateau are spread over a large area and gave us a pleasant sunny and educational afternoon. It was built in the 13th century and renovated in the 19th century. In 1917 (WW1) the German army dynamited the keep and the four...More

5  Thank FFadden
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