Château et remparts de la cité de Carcassonne

A unique experience in the largest fortified enclosure in France.

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 ramparts and enjoy an exceptional view over Pyrenees and Black Mountain.

Walkabout performance every evening from 1st to 31th August.

Designated world heritage site by UNESCO.

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Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet of castle courtyards, archaeological museum, ramparts
Tactile booklet / Duration: 1hr

Audio-guide tour in French, English, Spanish
Reservation: required for groups / Duration: from 1hr 30 min to 2 hrs

Lecture tour in French, English, German, Spanish
Reservation: required / Duration: from 1hr 30 min to 2 hrs

Private visit, with or without catering service, outside standard opening hours

Practical information


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


Useful addresses:

Carcassonne Tourist Office: tel.: (33) (0)4 68 10 24 30

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

Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée Tourist Board: tel.: (33) (0)5 61 13 55 55

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