Cathar Castles, Carcassonne

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Address: Carcassonne, France

Ticket Price: 4 EUR

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

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About Cathar Castles, Carcassonne

The Cathar Castles is a broad term given to a series of around 20 forts built and used by the Cathars (followers of Catharism) all across France. Coming with a rich and violent history, the castles present near Carcassonne are the Peyrepertuse, the Queribus, the Puilaurans and even the Chateau Comtal. Check out the panoramic views and the intricate architecture.

Cathar Castles Information

  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Some of the forts do not have toilets at the top.

How To reach Cathar Castles by Public Transport

  • Most of the tourists prefer hiring cabs or cars so that they can be dropped at the foothills of the forts.

Restaurants Near Cathar Castles

  • Some of the forts have food stalls along the way.

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Cathar Castles, Carcassonne Reviews

  • I don't understand why other reviewers have given bad reviews based on 'a bad ticketing system' or 'an early closing time'. A) What's wrong with a ticketing system where you ask for a ticket, get told the price, pay for the item and get given the ticket. That's how these things work! It's standard! What were you expecting. B) A 5pm close for a historical monuments isn't early, again, it's standard. Anyway, I think it actually closes at 18:30, but the castle is open all night. If you're expecting Blackpool or some other theme park then don't visit here. Otherwise, if you you're expecting a huge ancient castle to explore then this place is for you. The only thing I'd say is that I'd suggest visiting in summer. When we visited during the winter months a lot of places were closed and so the choice of shops and restaurants was greatly limited. Otherwise it's well worth a visit and a great experience.

  • Fascinating history exposed through the audio guides and an onsite free film. Great views of the surrounding area. Carcassonne is one of my favorite places that I've visited in France!

  • Castle itself is good, but ticketing system leaves a lot to be desired. Firstly, there are huge queues to book a ticket so definitely book in advance online, unless you are a 18-25 European Union citizen, in which case entry is free but there is no mention of this on the online booking. We lost out €9 each due to this. Secondly, the tickets purchased say they are "valid for a year" but this isn't true - we were denied entry on the following day despite the e-ticket simply saying "valid 13/10/17 to 13/10/18" with no mention of it being entry on a single day only. The staff didn't seem to care about this error.

  • Bad welcome. You cannot buy tickets by AMEX. The closing time is 16h30. 17h00 is the final close. Anyway the view is great and nice visit but it might be better indicated.

  • One of the best places to visit in France. This place is amazing and has been beautifully restored. Well worth a visit.

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