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Activities in Carcassonne

Carcassonne Castle and Ramparts Ticket

The castle and walls of Carcassonne are part of one of the best-preserved medieval citadels in Europe. Immerse yourself in its fascinating history when you reserve this fast-track ticket.

The castle and walls of Carcassonne are part of one of the best-preserved medieval citadels in Europe. Immerse yourself in its fascinating history when you reserve this fast-track ticket.


The legendary, impenetrable fortress of Carcassonne was the scene of fierce confrontations between the French and Aragonese in their struggle to control this strategic area during the middles ages.

Your fast-track ticket to this historic fortress allows you to visit the romanesque Chapel of the Bastion, the Machicolations (galleries from which projectiles and other weapons were dropped on enemies), and the barbican, a defensive gateway above the moat.

The entrance also includes fast-track access to the citadel's ramparts. You can take a stroll, at your own pace, around the walled perimeter of the medieval city, exploring the different towers and battlements of the enclosure. From the top, you'll also enjoy extraordinary views of the Aude river valley.

If you gaze down from the ramparts, you'll see the beautiful historical city centre of Carcassonne, featuring the elegant Saint-Nazaire basilica and the majestic Narbonne Gate.

Opening times

The opening times of Carcassonne Castle are as follows:

  • April 1 to September 30: from 11 am to 6:15 pm
  • October 1 to March 31: from 9:15 am to 4:15 pm

Please note that the last access allowed is 1 hour before closing time.
On December 24 and 31, the castle and walls will close at 4 pm.

Free admission

Admission to the Castle and walls of Carcassonne is free for the following individuals:

  • Young people from the European Union between 18 and 25 years old.
  • Children under 18 years old, regardless of their nationality.

Admission is also free for everyone on the first Sunday of the month between January 1 and March 31, and between November 1 and December 31.

In order to acquire the free admission mentioned above, you'll have to go to the site’s ticket office and present a certifying document of your eligibility for a free ticket.

Reduced-fare tickets

You can also purchase a reduced-fare ticket at the monument's box office for approximately 6.50 (US$ 6.90), valid for visits to the complex from 3:30 pm from October to March or from 5 pm from April to September.

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Fast track ticket to the castle and ramparts of Carcasonne

When to book?

You can book up to 2 days before (Carcassonne local time) if there are still places available. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.


Physical: Wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilets. An accompanying person is required. This must be indicated in the reservation. Show more

Visual: Has measures for visual accessibility. Information in accessible formats.

Auditory: Has measures for hearing accessibility. Offers technological adaptations for the deaf.

Intellectual: Has measures for cognitive accessibility. Signage with easily recognisable pictograms.

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  • Provide a safe and satisfying experience.
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This particular activity contributes as follows:

  • No printing of documentation required.


Centre Des Monuments Nationaux Show more

Corporate name: Centre des monuments nationaux

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Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us.


Not refundable. This activity does not permit modifications nor cancelations.

Meeting point

1, Rue Violet-le-Duc.

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