Carcassonne medieval city

Carcassonne medieval city
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1 rue Viollet-le-Duc, 11000 Carcassonne, France

Attraction info

A massive walled city; the Cité of Carcassonne is a medieval city located in the French city of Carcassonne, in the department of Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon region. It is located on a hill on the right bank of the River Aude, in the south-east part of the city proper. NOTE - this is the city itself for which there is free entry. See separate listing for the castle and other attractions within this city.

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Huge and marvellous!

This city has to be seen to be believed. It is like walking into a Disney movie. The size of the walls and towers is huge and impressive. There are several entries the city, most of which are picturesque and great photo opportunities. We wandered around through the city and explored. It doesn't take long to walk and once you are in there you can also visit the church (free) and the castle (paid). Beware that the crowds can be stifling, particularly on weekends. It is very difficult with prams and for that reason baby carriers are a must. For that reason I have only recommended for +6 year olds but if you have good young walkers, it will be fine.
There is a little square in the centre of the city where parents can find a coffee/drink and where kids can run around in an area that is bordered by the walls and safe. Our kids played chasey for ages and had a wonderful time whilst we enjoyed a drink.
You can take your own food and eat as you are wandering but there isn't any formal picnic areas, although many picturesque benches you could stop and eat on.
Beware the endless trade of medieval wares, swords etc which are enticing to children! And the endless lolly shops, good lollies but quite expensive!
This is a must see, amazing place and quite easy to wander with kids.

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I visited
May, 2015
I visited with kids aged:
  • 3-5 years
  • 6-9 years
I would recommend for kids aged:
  • 6-9
  • 10-14
  • 15+
I'm from
Australia and New Zealand

Pros and Cons

What I liked
  • Possible to bring your own food
  • Room to move and play
What I didn't like
Overcrowded and long waiting times

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Entry price
Free entry for all the family
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