Entrance tickets to the Château d'If
Attractions & guided tours

Entrance tickets to the Château d'If

Language: English , Italian , French , Spanish
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: Flexible
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Discover a unique panorama off the coast of Marseille
  • Uncover the story behind the fortress
  • Enjoy the Count of Monte Cristo permanent exhibition
What to expect

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 access to the port and to defend the coastline from sea-based attacks. 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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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • 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
    • Open ticket valid until 31 December 2023
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    When
    • Open every day
    • 10.00-18.30
    • Closed on 1 January and 25 December
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    Provider
    Centre des Monuments Nationaux
    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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