Stretching along the Seine in the heart of Paris, the Conciergerie was the first abode of the Kings of France. Originally called the Palais de la Cité, it was built in the 6th century by Clovis, first King of the Franks, then underwent numerous architectural evolutions: including the addition of the impressive Argent and César Towers by Philippe le Bel at the start of the 14th century, and the installation of the superb polychrome clock by Charles V in 1371.
During the Revolution, the Palais de la Cité became the Paris Parliament, and was the site of some of the great Revolutionary trials, including that of Marie-Antoinette, who was imprisoned here until her execution.
From the Salle des Gens d’Armes – a gothic marvel with its gigantic vaulted ceiling supported by more than 60 pillars, to the moving Marie-Antoinette Chapel, via the Medieval Kitchens and the Prisoners Corridor with its room inscribed with 2,780 names of prisoners condemned to death by the revolutionary tribunal, the Conciergerie’s rooms resound with five centuries of history.
Journey through time
The interactive itinerary, which includes videos, models and innovative digital tools – like the augmented reality, tactile Histopad tablets – ensures an immersive and fun visit, allowing visitors to discover the site within its historic context. Complete your visit with a trip to the Sainte-Chapelle, the only other remaining part of the Palais de la Cité.
TOP TIP: admission ticket to the Conciegerie is included in the Paris Region Pass Experience.
Access and contact
Metro : Châtelet (Lines 1, 7, 11, 14) Saint-Michel or Cité (Line 4) Bus : 21, 24, 27, 38, 58, 81, 85 and Balabus RER : line B, stations Châtelet or Saint-Michel, Line C, station Saint-Michel
Days and opening hours
All year round, daily between 9.30 am and 6 pm. Closed exceptionally on May 1st and December 25th. Last entrance 30 minutes before closing.
- 7 €
Adult: 7 to 9 €.
Free entry for children < 18 years, disabled people and accompanying persons. Group rate available for > 20 people.
Free for : -18-25 years old (European Union citizens and regular residents non-euopeans on European Union territory) -Disabled people and their attendant - For all, every first sunday of the month from 1st of October to 31st of March
Included in the Paris Museum Pass.
Guided tour languages
Documentation languages (home)
Single mean time tour60 mins
Single services tour
- Guided individual tours available permanently