Guided tour

Cité de Carcassonne: Guided Tour

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Guided tour

Cité de Carcassonne: Guided Tour

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From US$ 21.52 per person

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Take a guided tour of the medieval fortified town and discover the human and architectural history of this UNESCO-heritage-listed location.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Learn all about the fortified city of Carcassonne
  • Gain historical insight through the fantastic museum
  • See the beautiful and intriguing architecture
Full description

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.

  • Entrance to the town
  • Guided tour
  • Castle entrances fees
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet next to the target of the UNESCO and the statue of Dame Carcas, next to the bridge that joins the square and the main fortified door.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Entrance fees to the castle are €7/adult (under 18s are free).
Customer reviews

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4.7 /5

based on 330 reviews

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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!

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March 25, 2023

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.

March 25, 2023

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.

March 25, 2023

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