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1 rue Viollet le Duc, 11000 Carcassonne, France
+33 4 68 11 70 70
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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 2 days ago

La Cite is well worth a special visit and definitely something not to be missed if in the area. Plenty of restaurants, tourist shops and a vibrant atmosphere. There is ample parking outside the walls and easy access.

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 4 days ago

The chateau really is part of the whole aspect of Carcassonne and should be visited. The cost of entry includes walking the ramparts. This can be a little strenuous but worthwhile! Tip. Buy your tickets early in the morning at the chateau. You can use...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When you walk across the old bridge and look to the hillside and get your first glimpse of the citadel it is absolutely breathtaking, like something out of a fairytale book! The 11th Century chateau is very well restored, we walked the ramparts and it...More

Thank Britlisa
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked the ramparts from which you have great views of the cite, the new town and the countryside. You can walk at your leisure and see many things of interest on your way including an open air theatre.

Thank Artesian S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great views of surrounding areas. Wear comfortable shoes and often windy it seems. Plentg of places to eat or drink or relax and admire the majestic site. A MUST and very well priced for what it is.

Thank Marcela B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Step back in history and walk all the way round the ramparts of the old city. Lovely views across Carcassonne and the surrounding countryside

Thank closfleuri12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Here you can know a lot about the history of mediaeval military architecture, and too the history of monuments retauration. Carcassona, in any case, is a must see place.

Thank Pere I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While in Carcassonne, it is well worth visiting the castle and ramparts around the city. The castle houses the history of the city since its inception. They have a film that tells the whole story. The walk around the ramparts is beautiful with panoramic views...More

Thank Fouad G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

€9 entry gets a brief but interesting history film of Carcasonne plus a walk round the chateau / museum but the highlight is the ability to walk the northern and western ramparts. The views of the medieval city and the countryside beyond are superb.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. We visited late afternoon. Lots of steps but the views are amazing. Film good,English subtitles. You learnt more about the cite,walls and history of the cite.

Thank Jane k
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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
20 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