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Carcassonne Castle (Cité de Carcassonne) Tours

Carcassonne Castle (Cité de Carcassonne)
As the former seat of the Counts of Carcassonne, Carcassonne Citadel (Cité de Carcassonne) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of France’s most visited historic landmarks. Perched on a hilltop above the River Aude, the walled citadel is crowned by the Château Comtal.

The Basics

Explore the citadel on a guided or self-guided walking tour, which typically cover highlights such as the Saint-Nazaire Basilica, the 20th-century Theatre de la Cité, the Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments, and the 13th-century Narbonnaise Gate. You can also go inside Château Comtal; admission tickets include access to the ramparts, which afford panoramic city views.

Tours of the Cité of Carcassonne run from nearby Toulouse; half-day options focus solely on the citadel, while full-day tours typically visit other regional attractions, such as the Chateaux de Lastours or the Canal du Midi, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Admission to the citadel is free, though there’s an admission fee for the castle, ramparts, and Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments. Make the most of reduced-price admission tickets to the Castle and Ramparts during the final hour of the day.
  • Audio guides are available at the castle in multiple languages including English.
  • There are several restrooms, shops, and restaurants in the Citadel, as well as a tourist information office, an ATM, and paid parking outside the city gates.
  • The Citadel is wheelchair accessible, but be aware that there are steps and steep cobblestone lanes that make some areas difficult to access.

How to Get There

The Citadel is located southeast of Carcassonne town, from which it’s a 20-minute walk uphill. Alternatively, buses, taxis, and a Little Train (summer season only) run up to the entrance gates regularly. The closest international airport is in Toulouse—regular buses and trains run from the city to Carcassonne.

When to Get There

The Citadel is open throughout the day and night, however attractions such as the Castle are only open during working hours. The citadel can get incredibly busy, especially in July and August, so aim for an early-morning visit to get there before the tour buses arrive. Visit on Bastille Day (July 14th) to witness a fireworks display over the citadel.

Château Comtal

Crowning the hilltop citadel, Château Comtal is built in a classic medieval style, complete with a fairy-tale towers and ramparts that run for 1.9 miles (three kilometers) around the citadel, and encompass four city gates and 52 towers. The castle is now a museum, filled with medieval art and artefacts on the Cité and the Counts of Carcassonne.
Address: 1 Rue Viollet le Duc, Carcassonne, 11000, France
Admission: Varies
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Cité de Carcassonne and Canal du Midi Private Half Day Tour from Toulouse

Cité de Carcassonne and Canal du Midi Private Half Day Tour from Toulouse

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The Cité de Carcassonne is a "must see" when traveling in France. this is a miedieval beauty and the biggest fortified City in Europe. You will be amazed by its old stones and its history.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$307.83
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$307.83
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Cité de Carcassonne and Wine Tasting Private Day Tour from Toulouse

Cité de Carcassonne and Wine Tasting Private Day Tour from Toulouse

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The Cité de Carcassonne is a "must see" when traveling in France. this is a miedieval beauty and the biggest fortified City in Europe. You will be amazed by its old stones and its history. And this is also the perfect tour for wine lovers. You will learn more their production and have a fun day in the middle of the vyniards! You are safe with your private guide and driver...
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$369.38
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$369.38
Price varies by group size

Day tour to the Cité de Carcassonne and wine tour. Shared tour from Toulouse.

Day tour to the Cité de Carcassonne and wine tour. Shared tour from Toulouse.

The Cité de Carcassonne is a "must see" when traveling in France. this is a miedieval beauty and the biggest fortified City in Europe. You will be amazed by its old stones and its history. And this is also the perfect tour for wine lovers. You will learn more their production and have a fun day in the middle of the vyniards! You are safe with your private guide and driver... If the minimum of 4 participants adults is not reached 12 hours before the tour starts, it can be canceled. This tour can be booked "private" in order to have a guarantee departure with no minimum of participants.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$293.90
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$293.90
Taking safety measures

Half day tour : Cité de Carcassonne & Canal du Midi. Shared tour from Toulouse.

Half day tour : Cité de Carcassonne & Canal du Midi. Shared tour from Toulouse.

The Cité de Carcassonne is a "must see" when traveling in France. this is a miedieval beauty and the biggest fortified City in Europe. You will be amazed by its old stones and its history. If the minimum of 4 participants adults is not reached 12 hours before the tour starts, it can be canceled. This tour can be booked "private" in order to have a guarantee departure with no minimum of participants.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$175.39
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$175.39
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Day tour : Cité de Carcassonne and Lastours castles. Shared tour from Toulouse.

Day tour : Cité de Carcassonne and Lastours castles. Shared tour from Toulouse.

3 unique and breathtaking sites in the Cathar country, the Canal du Midi is an ingenious system, the Cité de Carcassonne is impressive by its size and the Lastours castles are a deep breath into nature. If the minimum of 4 participants adults is not reached 12 hours before the tour starts, it can be canceled. This tour can be booked "private" in order to have a guarantee departure with no minimum of participants.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$293.90
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$293.90
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Full week inclusive tour of Cathar Country in the French Languedoc

Full week inclusive tour of Cathar Country in the French Languedoc

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Small groups led by a Cathar expert - historian and author James McDonald. You will visit sites associated with the Cathars and learn about their origins, beliefs and history. One minute you will be noting the spot where a Crusade leader fell, and the next immersed in the grand sweep of European history. James brings to life the medieval personalities - Saint Dominic, the man behind the founding of the first papal Inquisition; the ambitious Simon de Montfort; the tragic Raymond-Roger Trencavel; the irrepressible Count of Foix, and many others.    You simply will not find either this depth of knowledge or this breadth of knowledge about Catharism anywhere else. Our tours are all in English. They are not scripted and unlimited time is always allowed for questions.
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  • 6 days
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