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Chateau d'If

1 quai de la Fraternite, 13001 Marseille, France
+33 4 91 59 02 30
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This famous fortress, standing on a rocky island off the coast of Marseille, was immortalised by Alexandre Dumas in The Count of Monte Cristo as the prison where the novel’s hero, Edmond Dantes, was incarcerated before ultimately escaping. The castle was built by Francois I in 1524 and over the centuries it gained a fearsome reputation as many opponents of royal power were jailed and died in the fortress. The Castle of If has been perfectly preserved and is one of the most impressive historical sites on the Mediterranean coastline. Open: > 15th May to 20th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6.15 p.m. > 21st September to 14th May: from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. The last visit depends on the timetable of boats, information at the tourist information center, on our website monuments-nationaux.fr or on Frioul If express. Closed: > Mondays from 21st September to 14th May. > 1st January, 25th December and subject to bad weather. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups.
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1 quai de la Fraternite, 13001 Marseille, France
+33 4 91 59 02 30
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Did a day trip of the Harbour off the cruise ship. You can’t but help to be impressed by such a beautiful building

Thank Eve S
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

It is a beautiful and very peaceful spot and definitely worth a visit however I felt that after 45 minutes I was done looking around and could have done with a small cafe or a gift shop to spend some time in warmth waiting for...More

Thank VitaZ2
Reviewed 14 November 2017

We were a group of 12 people just for a day here, so we want to visit the island. I saw in trip advisor that there is a skip the line tickets and I buy for the whole group. When we arrive with the boat,...More

Thank vlado b
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

As the mistral was too fierce, I wasnt able to see the castle on the island itself. But I was able to see something from the seaside and even that was worth to see. Great history and a not to miss attraction when you are...More

Thank furaha1nl
Reviewed 13 October 2017

I joined the many people cruising to this island and enjoyed seeing the tombs and prisons and reading the history of this chateau. Coming from Australia where there are very few (if any) structures built in the 15th century to view, it is fascinating to...More

Thank JacquiR-K
Reviewed 12 October 2017

1 hour queue to buy ticket, then further 1/2 hour wait for boat to take us to this isle. Only 20-30 mins boat trip to Isle. I think Chateau d'if is unsuitable for wheelchairs/pushchairs, as lots of steps once you get off the boat, to...More

Thank Susan G
Reviewed 24 September 2017

The Chateau d'If famously features in Dumas's the Count of Monte Cristo, and if you didn't realise that before visiting the fact will have been hammered home afterwards! Having said that the building itself is impressive and there is almost a knowing self-mockery about it's...More

1  Thank essex-hiker-biker
Reviewed 20 September 2017

One should not have great expectation for the trip to Chateau d'If - after all, Edmond Dantes only exists in fiction. The feeling after visiting the empty cells was just like looking at empty tombs of long ago - hardly any emotion could be generated....More

Reviewed 19 September 2017

You can walk freely through the ancient fortress choosing to admire the stonework fortress built into the island. It is easy to see hoe this would have been the first line of defense for Marseille. Ferry provides inexpensive transportation. Outdoor cafe available.

1  Thank tommytsurfs
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Definitely do this ferry ride ( from the main old port of Marseille) It's a lovely short trip and fascinating to see the history and view the city from the harbour.

1  Thank stewhunt
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18 June 2017|
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Response from Eric A | Reviewed this property |
We visited in February of 2016. The schedule was more limited then, but it was still a popular trip.
12 April 2017|
Response from emafalc | Reviewed this property |
I' m sorry I don"t know. Maybe in website you can find this info.
12 April 2017|
Response from Sally T | Reviewed this property |
I don't see any Pet's around the island........