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Chateau of Coucy

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Address: Nr. D 5, 02380 Coucy-le-Chateau-Auffrique, France
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+33 3 23 52 71 28

The Château and fortifications formed one of the largest defensive...

The Château and fortifications formed one of the largest defensive structures ever constructed in France. Spreading over 14 hectares, Coucy originally included 33 towers and ramparts stretching over two kilometres. The four main corner towers were similar in size to the central keep of the royal palace of the Louvre while the keep at Coucy was the largest castle tower in Christendom. The ruins remain an impressive and evocative reminder of Coucy’s grandeur despite being badly damaged in the First World War. Open: > 2nd May to 4th September: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. > 5th September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,0 €; 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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Visited the ruins of the "Chateau" and the castle whilst staying nearby. Whilst most of the site is in ruins, there are some great views to be had from the ramparts, plus it's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 August 2016
Petersfield, UK
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Petersfield, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Visited the ruins of the "Chateau" and the castle whilst staying nearby. Whilst most of the site is in ruins, there are some great views to be had from the ramparts, plus it's still possible to climb to the tops of some of the walls and also visit some of the underground rooms / chambers too. Lots of information available... More 

1 Thank Frontera2
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

Nice to walk around the walls in the sunshine. There are a couple of locations for food, otherwise it's very quiet.

1 Thank SteveLlanelli
Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2015

As you enter the château there does not appear to be much to see but the place just keeps opening up as you walk around. There are stunning views from the ramparts, as would be expected from an essentially defensive construction. Restoration has been limited just to ensure no further deterioration of the building's fabric but there are plenty of... More 

2 Thank Paul F
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

After stumbling across the castle quite by accident in the early 1970s I found the fascinating book about Enguerrand de Coucy VII by Barbara S Tuchman a few years later. I've probably read it half a dozen times over the years. The first 2 visits were in glorious Picardy sunshine, the last in August 2015 was in lashing rain and... More 

1 Thank parisamsterdam2007
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

Ruined Chateau with interesting history. Takes about an hour. About 5 Euro for adults and kids free. Was interesting to contrast with Chateau at Pierrefonds about 40 mins away.

2 Thank Matthew S
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

Once the largest fortification in Europe and sadly ruined by the Germans at the end of WW1. An amazing building!

1 Thank Dou600
Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

Find the dungeon - I'm glad I'm not a 12th century baddie! Gift shop sells all the usual stuff. Beautiful views.

2 Thank Hannah S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015

The remains of this chateau are spread over a large area and gave us a pleasant sunny and educational afternoon. It was built in the 13th century and renovated in the 19th century. In 1917 (WW1) the German army dynamited the keep and the four towers using 28 tons of explosives to prevent their use by enemy artillery spotters as... More 

4 Thank FFadden
Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2015

This is defiantly worth a visit, even when you enter it takes some time to find the interesting part. This would have been a magnificent structure unfortunately the uninvited guests in the war destroyed most of it....such a shame

2 Thank Michael M
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2015

A massive chateau which is pretty much a ruin similar to some of our british castles. There is still plenty to see and the whole family found it interesting reading about the history of this place. Some great underground features to be seen too.

1 Thank Cheshiregirls5

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