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    Tickets to Château d’If

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    • Right opposite the old port of Marseilles lies the Chateau d’If, a famous island fortress-prison from the 16th century.
    • Tour the insides at your own pace and gasp at the old graffiti by past prisoners that adorn the walls and learn about the Republicans incarcerated here.
    • Even though this fort gained a fearful reputation for imprisoning those who stood up to the royal powers, this fort was built for other valiant purposes.
    • With strict measures in place, you’re guaranteed a safe experience from start to finish.
    • Right opposite the old port of Marseilles lies the Chateau d’If, a famous island fortress-prison from the 16th century.
    • Tour the insides at your own pace and gasp at the old graffiti by past prisoners that adorn the walls and learn about the Republicans incarcerated here.
    • Even though this fort gained a fearful reputation for imprisoning those who stood up to the royal powers, this fort was built for other valiant purposes.
    • With strict measures in place, you’re guaranteed a safe experience from start to finish.

    Inclusions

    • Entry to Château d’If

    Exclusions

    • Ferry ride to the island
    • Please note that there is free admission during the following days: European Heritage Days on the third weekend of Sep, and every first Sunday of the month from Nov to Mar.
    • Entry is free for anyone under the age of 18 years, and for European Union nationals or non-EU residents in France aged between 18 and 25 years (an ID is necessary).
    • Entry is free for disabled guests with an accompanying adult, jobseekers (on presentation of a certificate less than 6 months old), and holders of a valid education pass.
    • This ticket has no audio guides available. However, you will enjoy a subtitled film screened during your visit.
    • All guests are required to follow the safety instructions indicated at the entrance of the monument strictly.
    • Please note that some spaces might remain closed for safety reasons.
    • The last sea shuttle towards the castle departs at 3:15 PM.
    • The experience is not accessible for people with mobility issues.
    • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

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    Explore Château d'If

    On a tiny island off the shore of Marseille stands the 16th-century fortress-turned-prison of Château d'If. The château was built in 1524 by François I, who realized that it was the ideal place to construct a fort to protect Marseille from invaders. Over the centuries, the fortress earned itself the terrifying reputation of being the dying grounds for those who resisted the royal power. This is the same prison that featured in Alexander Dumas's classic novel, The Count of Monte Cristo. Even today, almost two centuries after the book's release, visitors from around the world follow in the footsteps of the character Edmond Dantès. Take a boat ride here and immerse yourself in the monument’s intriguing history. It is well worth it!

    Your Château d'If Tickets Explained

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    With dedicated skip-the-line access to the château, you are guaranteed less waiting time. Spend your time instead, exploring the castle, its courtyard, and the infamous dungeons. Popular political prisoners like the Revolutionary hero Mirabeau and the Communards of 1871 were incarcerated here. You’ll even get to see the jail cell named after Edmond Dantès, from The Count of Monte Cristo. Fun fact: There is a hole in this vault leading to the next dungeon! On the first floor, you can enjoy a film on the history of the château. Later, walk around the island and take in picturesque views of Vieux Port. The ticket cannot be canceled, amended, or rescheduled. It does not include a ferry ride to and from the island.

    What to See at Château d'If

    History buffs and nature enthusiasts will particularly enjoy a visit to Château d'If. The castle has many tales to tell and offers stunning views of Vieux Port. With your skip-the-line tickets, here’s what you will get to see:

    Inner Courtyard and the Dungeons

    The Inner Courtyard and the Dungeons

    The only way to enter the fortress is via the gate located in the middle of the east facade. Once you enter, you will see the inner courtyard that housed the kitchen, the grain store, and the rainwater well.  Notice the commemorative graffiti on the walls of the courtyard, carved by insurgents in the 19th century. You’ll also get to see the dungeons and the cell named after Edmond Dantès, from The Count of Monte Cristo. In the dungeon named after Abbé Faria, there is video equipment that will let you see yourself locked up in there!

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    Famous Pistoles

    The first floor is a testament to how the château started converting itself into a prison. Find here the cells (or pistoles) that held famous personalities such as that of the Count of Mirabeau. Watch out for the cell where the French General Jean-Baptiste Kléber’s embalmed body remained for 18 years, on Napoleon’s orders. Don’t miss out on seeing the death row dungeon built into the staircase!

    Terrace and its Towers

    The Terrace and its Towers

    Fun fact: The terraces of Château d’If played a role in the Second World War as observation posts! Walk across these vast roofs and take in the many views they offer. From the Maugouvert Tower, you can see the reefs dotting the eastern bay channels. The 20th-century lighthouse is visible from Saint-Jaume Tower, and beyond it, the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde hill in Marseille. The south keep or Saint-Christophe Tower overlooks the Pomègues and Ratonneau islands.

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    Other Buildings

    Unfortunately, nothing remains of the artillery, the powder stores, or the windmill. However, you can still explore the castle and see the Vauban building, which was the governor’s house. There is also an exhibition on the flora and fauna of the Frioul archipelago, only accessible from the outside of the château. The Florentine Door, above the entrance, features horizontal stakes that prevented climbing!

    Plan Your Visit to Château d'If

    Opening Hours
    Getting There
    Tips and Guidelines
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    What are Château d'If hours?

    The château is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 10:30 AM to 5:15 PM. Please note: depending on the weather, Château d'If may not be open. Make sure to check online before visiting.

    What is the best time to visit Château d'If?

    The best time to visit Château d'If is from September to November (autumn). This is the off-season and frees up the beaches, attractions, and accommodations.

    When is Château d'If closed?

    The château is closed on Mondays.

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    How do I get to Château d'If?

    Catch a Frioul If Express Shuttle from the Old Port in Marseille to the island of Frioul. Most of these ferries stop at Château d’If on the way. However, make sure you check the ferry schedule beforehand.

    Are return transfers available with Château d'If tickets?

    Ferry transfers are not included with the Château d'If ticket. You will have to buy them separately.

    Where is Château d'If located?

    Château d'If is located on the island of If, off the coast of Marseille. It is the smallest island in the Frioul archipelago. You can find the directions on Google Maps here.

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    Is the castle accessible to people with reduced mobility?

    Unfortunately, it is not. There are 100 steps inside the castle, and the calade has 50 steps.

    How difficult is it to navigate the terrain?

    It is a rather hilly terrain. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes as the ground can be slippery. Be mindful of the heat if you are visiting in the summer.

    Are there any rules and restrictions at Château d'If?

    It is forbidden to drink alcohol, and to throw stones at gulls or at ramparts and terraces.

    Where can I get more information about the castle during my visit?

    You can download the visitor app available for free on App Store and Google Play.

    Château d'If: Frequently Asked Questions

    Are Château d'If tickets available online now?

    Yes, Château d'If tickets are available online. You can book your  tickets on https://chateau-dif.marseille-billets.fr/

    Do my Château d'If tickets include skip-the-line access?

    Yes, your tickets to Château d'If include skip-the-line access.

    What is the cancelation policy for Château d'If tickets?

    Your tickets to Château d'If cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.

    What are Château d'If hours?

    The monument is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 10:30 AM to 5:15 PM. It is closed on Mondays. Please note: depending on the weather, Château d'If may not be open. Make sure to check online before visiting.

    What is the best way to get to Château d'If?

    Catch a Frioul If Express Shuttle from the Old Port in Marseille to the island of Frioul. Most of them stop at Château d’If on the way. However, make sure to check the schedule before you plan your visit.

    Are guided tours of Château d'If available with my tickets?

    No, guided tours of Château d'If available are not available with your tickets.

    Are audio guides available for Château d'If tours?

    No, audio guides are not available for Château d'If tours.

    What is the best time to visit Château d'If?

    The best time of the year to visit Château d'If (for ideal weather and to avoid the tourist season) is from September to November (autumn).

    Do children get free entry into Château d'If?

    Yes. Anyone aged 18 years and below gets free entry into Château d'If. Additionally, EU citizens up to the age of 26 years enjoy free admission.