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Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Skip-the-Line Ticket

Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Skip-the-Line Ticket

From US$ 10.74 per person

Discover the Château and ramparts of Carcassone: see a 12-minute film combining 3-D images and close-up footage; walk along the galleries, the fortified walls and the ramparts; explore the archaeological museum and many other attractions.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the home of one of the most powerful 12-century French families
  • Climb the square Bishop's Tower, the only construction that straddles both city walls
  • See the Salle Pierre Embry, a window composed of 3 polychrome alabaster statues from the early 15th century
Full description
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 2,500 years of history. Left in ruins after the the Cathar Crusade (1209-1229), the Inquisition and exile of the Trencavel family, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc was commissioned by the French state in 1844 to restore the city of Cathar. Completed in 1911 under the direction of his pupil Paul Boeswillwald, the royal city was returned to its original splendor, finally being inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1997. In a new, self-guided addition to this tour, guests are invited to see the magnificent views from the medieval western ramparts. 
Includes
  • Self-guided tour of castle courtyards, archaeological museum and ramparts
  • Leaflet in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or Polish
  • Audio guide (can be rented on-site for a fee of 3 Euros)
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne 1, rue Viollet-le-Duc 11000 Carcassonne. Please note that this attraction closes at 4:00 PM on 24th December and 31st December.

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What to bring

  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Last admission 45 minutes before closing time
  • Closed 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December
  • The Ramparts will also be closed on the 14th of July due to fireworks
  • Please note that this attraction closes at 4:00 PM on 24th December and 31st December
  • A leaflet in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or Polish is included
  • Accessibility:
  • Number of floors visited during the tour: 2
  • Monument accessible to people with limited mobility (Barbican and main courtyard) The site holds a 'Tourism and Disability' label
  • Entrance is free for under 18s and visitors who are under 26 with EU ID, subject to reserving a timeslot on the Castle and Ramparts of Carcassonne website
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 982 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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We visited on a bright, cool February morning. We had pre-booked, so just paid an additional €3 each for the self guiding audio tour. The tour was slower than we would have liked, but was informative. The walk around the ramparts was the reason we were here. We had previously been to Dubrovnik, so we were a little bit disappointed; it is described as the “largest walled medieval city in Europe”. Take the work “medieval” out and Dubrovnik is bigger. Also, “larger” isn’t the same as “large”. You can walk around the outside of the ramparts in 10-15 minutes. I sound like I didn’t enjoy it, but I did. I’d go back, and the town is beautiful from all angles. I just wouldn’t repeat the tour.

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February 26, 2020

Experience was good but 'Skip the Queue' made little difference

I think we were ahead of two people so wouldn't bother to 'skip' the queue again. The guide was of limited use and did not appear to clearly follow the route signposted. We are not young and when we walked the northern (Gallo-Roman) ramparts we were somewhat distressed to find that there was no way out at the end and that we had to retrace our steps. We were not the only discomfited visitors - not a good end to what had been an interesting visit. Also not helped by a very off-hand staff member at the gate who seemed totally unconcerned.

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October 1, 2019

Not to be missed

Very impressive. It was interesting to get an overall view of the history of the Citadel. The artefacts were well presented and the signage was good - the visit added depth and meaning to our stay in Carcassonne. Buying tickets in advance allowed us to "Skip the Line" and was excellent value.

August 30, 2019

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