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Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Carcassonne: Castle and Ramparts Skip-the-Line Ticket

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. Left in ruins after the the Cathar Crusade (1209-1229), the Inquisition and exile of the Trencavel family, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc was commissioned by the French state in 1844 to restore the city of Cathar. Completed in 1911 under the direction of his pupil Paul Boeswillwald, the royal city was returned to its original splendor, finally being inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1997. In a new, self-guided addition to this tour, guests are invited to see the magnificent views from the medieval western ramparts. 

Cité de Carcassonne: Guided Tour

2. Cité de Carcassonne: Guided Tour

Come along on this guided tour and learn all about the history of this fascinating city.  Enter through the main entrance, known as Porte Narbonnaise, to the medieval city. Learn about the fortifications built by the Romans. Cross the main street, Rue Cross Mayrevieille to the castle. Discover the museum inside the castle and develop a better understanding of the Trencavel family that defended the Cathars during the Albigensian Crusade.  Walk along the top of the wall, crossing both medieval and Roman towers as you head towards the church. Hear an explanation about the architecture of the gothic church and see the beautiful stained glass windows, built between the 13th to 16th centuries. Walkthrough the streets of the ancient religious quarter and learn about the inquisition in Carcassonne and Toulouse. The tour will conclude next to the Castle where you'll hear about the restoration work that happened in the 19th century.

Cité de Carcassonne: Private Guided Group Tour

3. Cité de Carcassonne: Private Guided Group Tour

Come along on this tour and learn all about the history of this fascinating city.  Enter through the main entrance, known as Porte Narbonnaise, to the medieval city. Learn about the fortifications built by the Romans. Cross the main street, Rue Cross Mayrevieille to the castle. Discover the museum inside the castle and develop a better understanding of the Trencavel family that defended the Cathars during the Albigensian Crusade.  Walk along the top of the wall, crossing both medieval and Roman towers as you head towards the church. Hear an explanation (in English, French or Italian) about the architecture of the Gothic church and see the beautiful stained glass windows, built between the 13th and 16th centuries. Walk through the streets of the ancient religious quarter and learn about the inquisition in Carcassonne and Toulouse.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 94 reviews

This was a really nice tour that fit well into our day visit to Carcassonne. We learned lots about the history of the cité (crusades, inquisition, architecture, secret treasure, etc.) before exploring on our own. The guide was great and had a good level of English. She also recommended nice lunch and coffee spots for us to visit in the cité after the tour. Merci beaucoup et à bientôt!

Very heartwarming!! This place will enchant you. We rode the train around the outside and got lots of history on the castle. Thenwe walked the inside of the castle. Then we ate and drank in the court yard, then we walked the outside perimeter when the lights lit up the castle at dusk. It was the best! On our stroll we walled over the bridge and enjoyed the castle some more!

My wife and I were very fortunate to have our guide, Natalie, to ourselves for the walking tour of Carcassonne. We learned so much more from her (about the history of The City, its peoples, and the surrounding area from pre Roman times to the present day) than we could ever have done without her extensive knowledge. Well recommended.

Our guide was excellent. Friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgable. We had a lovely little group just out of season, so had lots of time and space to take in the beautiful city of Carcassonne. Natalie was happy to answer all our questions and we all learnt a lot. Would highly recommend this fascinating experience.

Small group tour with a local. Relaxed pace as we talked about the Medieval City and placing it within history. Great balance of information and humour. The recommendation for dinner was much appreciated.