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Château et remparts de la cité de Carcassonne

An exceptional, fortified site.

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. 
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.

 

Château et remparts de la cité de Carcassonne
1, rue Viollet-le-Duc
11000 Carcassonne
> Reservations for groups
tél. : (33) (0)4 68 11 70 76
fax : (33) (0)4 68 11 12 27

carcassonne-reservation@monuments-nationaux.fr

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Offers

> Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet
Castle courtyard, Stone Museum, ramparts, wide screen, projection
French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinesse, Russian
Tactile booklet
Duration: 1hr

> Audio-guide tour
French, English, German, Italian, Spanish
Duration: 30 min to 1hr 30 min

> Promenade tour of the ramparts 
French, English, Spanish, Japanese
Reservations: 2 weeks
Duration: 45 min

> Lecture tour
French, English, German, Spanish
Reservations: 2 weeks
Duration: from 1hr 30 min to 2 hrs

> Prestigious visit outside standard opening hours

Practical information

Opening hours

N.B

From October to March : last admission 30 mn before closing time.

From April to September : last admission 45 mn before closing time.

Battlements close 30 mn before closing time and left luggage 15 mn before closing time.

From 2 January to 31 March

Open every day 9.30-17.00

From 1st April to 30 September

Open every day 10.00-18.30

From 1st October to 31 December

Open every day 9.30-17.00

Closing days

1 January, 1 May, 1 & 11 November and 25 December.

14 July : the ramparts are closed because of the firework 

Access

Carcassonne Château et remparts de la cité de Carcassonne
1, rue Viollet-le-Duc
11000 Carcassonne
Ph. : 33 / (0)4 68 11 70 70Fax : 33 / (0)4 68 11 12 27
GPS coordinatesLatitude : 43.2122Longitude : 2.3537Plan your route

By car

From Perpignan: exit 1, A 9 to Narbonne then A 61, exit 24, then N 113 to Carcassonne centre From Montpellier: exit 4, A 9 to Perpignan then A 61, exit 24, then N 113 to Carcassonne centre From Toulouse: exit 7, A 6, exit 23 then N 113 to Carcassonne centre

Suggestions

Useful addresses:

Carcassonne Tourist Office
tel.: (33) (0)4 68 10 24 30 
www.carcassonne-tourisme.com

Aude Tourist Board
tel.: (33) (0)4 68 11 66 00 
www.audetourisme.com 

Languedoc-Roussillon Tourist Board
tel.: (33) (0)4 67 22 81 00 
www.sunfrance.com