Marseille Château d'If Tickets

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Avoid the queues to enter the Château d'If in Marseille. With these priority tickets, you'll be able to quickly access this fortress that inspired Alexandre Dumas' famous novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, published in 1844.

With these passes you will have the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views of the Old Port of Marseille and get to know this island where the fortress, which became one of the most famous prisons in history, is located. Inside, you will see who were the most famous inmates who were behind bars, such as Edmond Dantès, the main character in Dumas's work.

  • Discover the Château d'If in Marseille, famous for inspiring the novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas with these tickets.
  • Take advantage of priority tickets to avoid the queues at one of the most visited monuments in Marseille.
  • Visit the Château d'If and enjoy the magnificent panoramic views from the site located in the Old Port of the French city.

What’s included

  • Entrance to the Château d'If
  • Priority access passes
  • Information brochures in several languages
  • Informative film with subtitles during the tour

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Step by Step

Avoid the queues with these tickets for the Château d'If in Marseille. With these passes you'll have priority access to one of the most visited monuments in the French city. Over the course of a day, you can discover this fortress, now one of the most important prisons in the world, whichinspired Alexandre Dumas' popular novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, published in 1844.

The Château d'If began as a crucial fortress for the French. In fact, Francis I of France wanted the Château d'If to serve three functions: to protect the coast from invasion, to shelter the new royal fleet of galleys and to guard Marseilles, annexed to France in 1480.

But a century later it became a state prison, which is what gave it its notoriety for tourists. Until 1871 it was one of the most heavily guarded prisons in the world, where anyone who opposed official authority was imprisoned, especially Protestants and Republicans.

Among the names of the prisoners you will recognise on your visit to the Château d'If is that of Edmond Dantès, the main character in Dumas' novel, who spent 14 years of his life behind bars. After the popular work, which has been translated into many languages and inspired a series of films, you will feel as if you were on the set of one of these films.

It should be noted that the ferry ride is not included in this booking. Although there is no guide to accompany you, brochures are available in several languages to learn more about this monument.


· 1611 Reviews
  • L
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    Beautiful castle, rich history, beautiful view of Marseille. worth a stop for a quick visit.
  • A
    (0 Reviews)
    Very nice visit of this former prison.
  • C
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    The Château d'If is a must to contemplate the coastline of Marseille and the coast of the Frioul Islands.
  • T
    (0 Reviews)
    We did not have to wait in line at all to enter the castle.
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