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Skip the Line: Carcassonne Castle and Ramparts Ticket

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    Visit: Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne, A61 West Sur la Rive droite de l'Aude, 11000 Carcassonne Center, Carcassonne France

    Make your own way to Carcassonne and use your pre-paid ticket to skip the line and enjoy priority access to the ancient city. Once inside, set out on a self-guided tour and spend as long as you like exploring the fortifications. 

    Explore the three kilometers of ramparts, including two fortresses (4th and 13th centuries), four gates, and 52 towers; peek through the arrow slits for a magnificent view over Carcassonne; and visit the château of the Counts of Carcassonne.

    The site, which has been inhabited since ancient times, was protected against the Late Roman Empire by a Gallo-Roman wall. Despite these fortifications, the city was occupied by the Visigoths, Saracens and Franks in turn. The château, once the seat of power of the Counts of Carcassonne, and then of the famous Trencavel family in the 12th century, fell under royal ownership following the Albigensian Crusade (1209-1229) initiated by Pope Innocent III. Carcassonne, which was accused of complicity with the Cathars, was besieged and fell in 1209. The city subsequently became a stronghold protected by a double outer wall.

    In the 19th century, the architect Viollet-le-Duc restored the fortified city and completed the 13th century reconstruction work. Inside the city, Viollet-le-Duc also restored the basilica of Saint-Nazaire, combining a Romanesque nave and aisles with a Gothic choir and transept. The basilica features remarkable stained-glass windows, the oldest of which date from the 13th century. Several stone pieces from the basilica are also on display in the château's museum.

    Visit: Chateau Comtal, 1 rue Viollet le Duc, 11000 Carcassonne Center, Carcassonne France

    Make your own way to Carcassonne and use your pre-paid ticket to skip the line and enjoy priority access to the ancient city. Once inside, set out on a self-guided tour and spend as long as you like exploring the fortifications. 

    Explore the three kilometers of ramparts, including two fortresses (4th and 13th centuries), four gates, and 52 towers; peek through the arrow slits for a magnificent view over Carcassonne; and visit the château of the Counts of Carcassonne.

    The site, which has been inhabited since ancient times, was protected against the Late Roman Empire by a Gallo-Roman wall. Despite these fortifications, the city was occupied by the Visigoths, Saracens and Franks in turn. The château, once the seat of power of the Counts of Carcassonne, and then of the famous Trencavel family in the 12th century, fell under royal ownership following the Albigensian Crusade (1209-1229) initiated by Pope Innocent III. Carcassonne, which was accused of complicity with the Cathars, was besieged and fell in 1209. The city subsequently became a stronghold protected by a double outer wall.

    In the 19th century, the architect Viollet-le-Duc restored the fortified city and completed the 13th century reconstruction work. Inside the city, Viollet-le-Duc also restored the basilica of Saint-Nazaire, combining a Romanesque nave and aisles with a Gothic choir and transept. The basilica features remarkable stained-glass windows, the oldest of which date from the 13th century. Several stone pieces from the basilica are also on display in the château's museum.

    Visit: Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, 1 rue Viollet le Duc, 11000 Carcassonne Center, Carcassonne France

    Make your own way to Carcassonne and use your pre-paid ticket to skip the line and enjoy priority access to the ancient city. Once inside, set out on a self-guided tour and spend as long as you like exploring the fortifications. 

    Explore the three kilometers of ramparts, including two fortresses (4th and 13th centuries), four gates, and 52 towers; peek through the arrow slits for a magnificent view over Carcassonne; and visit the château of the Counts of Carcassonne.

    The site, which has been inhabited since ancient times, was protected against the Late Roman Empire by a Gallo-Roman wall. Despite these fortifications, the city was occupied by the Visigoths, Saracens and Franks in turn. The château, once the seat of power of the Counts of Carcassonne, and then of the famous Trencavel family in the 12th century, fell under royal ownership following the Albigensian Crusade (1209-1229) initiated by Pope Innocent III. Carcassonne, which was accused of complicity with the Cathars, was besieged and fell in 1209. The city subsequently became a stronghold protected by a double outer wall.

    In the 19th century, the architect Viollet-le-Duc restored the fortified city and completed the 13th century reconstruction work. Inside the city, Viollet-le-Duc also restored the basilica of Saint-Nazaire, combining a Romanesque nave and aisles with a Gothic choir and transept. The basilica features remarkable stained-glass windows, the oldest of which date from the 13th century. Several stone pieces from the basilica are also on display in the château's museum.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Chateau de Carcassonne
    Departure Time
    1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020Monday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Duration
    1h 30m
    Inclusions
    • Entry/Admission - Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne
    • Entry/Admission - Chateau Comtal
    • Entry/Admission - Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne
    Exclusions
    • Transport to/ from attraction
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Entrance is free for anyone under the age of 18 years old. Citizens from the European Union can visit for free if they are aged between 18 and 25 years old (an ID is necessary).
    • From 4 May to 4 September, "Cercles concentriques excentriques" (Excentric concentric circles) by Felice Varini takes place at the castle of Carcassonne. It is one of the largest project ever created by the artist.
    • From the Porte d'Aude, you will be able to see the ramparts and a succession of towers. Here you will see a painted yellow shape, consisting of fifteen concentric and excentric circles, each radiating from a circle in the opening of the Porte d'Aude.
    • Please note that travelers will not receive any refund regardless of cancellation status, even if the monument is closed on your visit date, you can use this ticket any other open day.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    To live in a medieval town, most Dungeons & Dragons players dream of it. Carcassonne is that dream town. With restaurants and inns with a deep medieval history, both Roman and medieval walls and fortifications, and the narrow streets and shops of fantasy lore, you cannot afford
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    Great idea to buy tickets on Skip the Line. However on 'the day' ,workmen were setting up a stage in the Castle's courtyard, hence due to the inconvenience caused to tourists, entry was without charge that day.🤔🤔🤔
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    Tour not able to be taken. The guide staff were on strike. We had limited time and no one could tell us when the strike would be over. I tried half a dozen times to get my money back. No go. The staff were rude and completely disinterested. There was no definitive answer to the
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    Wonderful place to explore, so much history, spectacular views and lots of walking. Quick and easy but allow plenty of time to take in the information and atmosphere.
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    The entrance to the castle was made easy with our skip the line ticket. Just scan your phone and in you go! You need to allow plenty of time to walk around the ramparts. Such an interesting medieval city full of history. Meander through the narrow streets around the castle. Lots
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