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Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Skip-the-Line Ticket

Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Skip-the-Line Ticket

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From US$ 9.75 per person

Likely to sell out Booked 33 times yesterday

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

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Date

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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Important information

What to bring

  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Last admission 45 minutes before closing time
  • Closed January 1, May 1, and December 25
  • The Ramparts will also be closed on the July 14 due to fireworks
  • Please note that this attraction closes at 4:00 PM on December 24 and 31
  • 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 1205 reviews

Review summary

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

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Absolutely great to walk all around the ramparts with stunning views. Even though we had skip the line tickets for a set time, we did spend a bit of time waiting in line to be able to go in, not too long though (5-10 mins). Great to go at own pace. If you do walk around the ramparts, there are a lot of stairs and some are quite narrow so be prepared!

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August 12, 2022

Carcassonne is one of the best walled medieval cities in Europe! It is charming and enchanting. Walking along the Castle's Ramparts you have a very good view of the city and the surrounding area. The audio guide gives a lot of great history about Carcassonne and the restoration. Highly recommended!

July 17, 2022

If you are like us, only have limited time to visit, it’s worthwhile to buy the ticket in advance to avoid wasting time standing in line, even though the day we visited there was no line at all. Booking is easy and it is refundable according to the site. The audio guide is a different fee and it is frustrating to use. You can only pause, no reverse or fast-forward. If you missed something you have to start all over from the beginning.

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June 1, 2022

Product ID: 75012