Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Entry Ticket

Overview

Welcome to Castle and Ramparts in Paris.  Carcassonne has been settled since the 6th century BC. It later became an important Roman city and was fortified in the 4th century AD. In the Middle Ages, Carcassonne was a strategic military site and took on its distinctive double walls and expanded castle in the 13th century.
After being left in ruins following the Albigensian Crusade and the exile of the Trencavel family in the early 13th century, Carcassonne underwent major restoration in the 19th century led by architect Viollet-le-Duc. His work to restore the medieval fortifications and buildings was continued after his death by his student Paul Boeswillwald and completed in 1911.

Highlights

Explore Carcassonne’s ramparts and Château. Stroll around the ramparts, galleries, and defensive walls. Using your self-guided ticket, explore the archeological museum.

  • 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

Included/Excluded

  • 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)

Tour Plan

What to expect

The restored historic city of Carcassonne beautifully showcases over 2,500 years of architectural history and military fortifications. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. A new self-guided tour now allows visitors to take in the magnificent views from the 14th century western ramparts.

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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Additional Info

What to bring

  • Cash
  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • Opening hours: Apr 1st to Sep 30th: 10h-18h15 (Last access to château: 17h; Last access to ramparts: 17h45) - Oct 1st to Mar 31st: 9h30-16h45(Last entrance to château: 3:45 pm; Last access to ramparts: 4:15 pm)
  • Closed January 1st, May 1st and December 25th
  • The Ramparts will be closed on July 14 due to fireworks
  • This attraction closes at 4:00 PM on December 24th and 31st
  • 2 floors visited during the tour
  • Monument is accessible to people with limited mobility (Barbican and main courtyard)
  • Admission is free for those under 18 and visitors under 26 with EU ID(booking a time slot on the Carcassonne website) upon presentation of a photo ID with a picture at the ticketing station first before going to the entrance of the monument
  • A late-entry ticket is available on the spot at a special rate
  • Free entrance: The first Sunday of January, February, March, November and December and during European Heritage Days (3rd weekend of September each year)
Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation

  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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