Inhabitation of Carcassonne dates back to the sixth century BC, and it later developed into a significant Roman town. In the Middle Ages, it served as a strategic location and was fortified in the fourth century. The king’s decision to build the characteristic double-walled ramparts and expand the castle gave it its final form in the 13th century. Viollet-le-Duc reconstructed the city in the 19th century, and it now stands as a testament to 2,500 years of history and 1,000 years of military construction.
Explore Carcassonne’s ramparts and castle. Take a stroll along the ramparts, defensive walls, and galleries. With your self-guided ticket, explore the archaeological museum.
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.
Confirmation will be received at the time of booking unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case, confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to the availability
What to bring : Cash
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
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
Age Policy :
Adult (Age 18-99)
1 Rue Viollet le Duc, 11000 Carcassonne, France
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
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