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Entrance tickets to the Château d'If

Availability: See calendar
Duration: 1 day
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Discover the Château d’If and its unique panorama off the coast of Marseille
  • Uncover the story behind the fortress which became a famous state prison
  • Visit the permanent exhibition: Alexander Dumas and the Count of Monte Cristo
  • Book today and use your ticket whenever you want before 22 September 2020
What to expect

With this skip-the line access, you will have the opportunity to discover the history of the perfectly preserved "Château d’If", one of the most impressive historical sites on the Mediterranean coastline.

Located on the island of If, the smallest island in the Bay of Marseille, the fortress was built in 1524-31 under the orders of King Francis I. The purpose of the building was to protect the access to the port and to defend the coastline from sea-based attacks. However, in 1580, it became a state prison and its role won't change for 400 years. Over the centuries it gained a fearsome reputation as many opponents of royal power, especially Protestants and Republicans, were jailed and died in the fortress.

The most famous prisoner might be Edmond Dantès, the hero of Alexandre Dumas in The Count of Monte Cristo, who was incarcerated before ultimately escaping. The fans of the novel will be glad to visit the permanent exhibition: Alexander Dumas and the Count of Monte Cristo.

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What's included
  • Entrance to the Château d'If
  • Self guided tours with guide booklet and historical comments in French, English, Italian and Spanish
  • Permanent exhibition Alexander Dumas and the Count of Monte Cristo
What's not included
  • Ferry
  • Guide
Reduced price

The entrance is free for:

  • Children under 18 (except school group)
  • EU citizens (18-25)
  • Disabled people and their attendant
  • Unemployed people (proof required dated within the last 6 months)
Where

Boarding in Vieux Port (down of the Canebière) on 1 Quai de Rive Neuve, 13001 Marseille

Meeting point:

Present your voucher upon arrival at the Chateau d'If.

What to remember
  • The e-ticket is not dated and you can use it whenever you want
  • The e-ticket gives access to an unguided tour of the monument
  • Book today and use your ticket whenever you want before 22 September 2020
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When

FROM 2 JANUARY TO 1ST APRIL
Open every day except monday
10.00-17.00

FROM 2 APRIL TO 30 SEPTEMBER
Open every day
10.00-18.00

FROM 2 OCTOBER TO 31 DECEMBER
Open every day except monday
10.00-17.00

CLOSING DAYS
Monday
1 January and 25 December

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Provider
Monuments Nationaux de France
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Unfortunately, we can't offer you a refund nor can we change or cancel your booking for this particular product, due to our partner's policy.

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