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Château d'If

Discover the château d'If lying just off the Marseille coast, a fortress built by François I and made famous by Alexandre Dumas' novel, The Count of Monte Cristo. Come and be captivated by the legends of the place and the outstanding views of Marseille and the Iles du Frioul.

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Opening / Closing

Times may vary

Open
16 May to 16 September : every day, 9:30 am to 6:10 pm
17 September to 31 March : every day except mondays, 9:30 am to 4:45 pm 
1 April to 15 May : every day, 9:30 to 4:45 pm
Last visit : according to the boats schedules. 

Boat schedules available on Frioul-If-Express website

Closed
1 January and 25 December

Prices

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BUY YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE

By buying your tickets in advance, you can pick up your tickets in a FNAC store and go staight to the monument(s).

This way you save time and benefit from queue-jump tickets.

Your tickets are valid a year from their date of issue.

  • Pick up in store

    The Fnac network means
    you can have your tickets posted
    to your address or pick them up from any Fnac store.

    Cost: €1.60 processing fee + postage fee depending on chosen option
    Attention : the ticket can not be withdraw in the monument

Adult rate : 5,50 € 
Reduced rate : 4 € 
Adult group rate : 4,50  € (minimum 20 persons) 
School group rate : 20 € (maximum 35 students, 2 accompananying adults included, adult group rate for additional accompananying adult)

Free admission :
Minors under 18 (family visit)
18-25 years old (for people under 26 years old who are citizens of one the 27 countries of EU or are non-European permanent residents of France)
Disabled visitors and their escorts
Unemployed persons



Ticket à régler une fois arrivé sur l'île. Non inclus avec la traversée maritime. 

Going there

Château d’If
Embarcadère Frioul If Express
1,Quai de la Fraternité
13001 Marseille
Phone : 33 / (0)4 96 11 03 50 (compagnie maritime Frioul If Express)

Going there
Boat departures from the "quai de la fraternité - old port, near Cannebière road

Localisation

Château d’If
Embarcadère Frioul If Express
1,Quai de la Fraternité
13001 Marseille
T 33 / 06 03 06 25 26 / 06 80 52 75 96
F 04 42 96 14 37

GPS details

Latitude : 43.2799
Longitude : 5.3251

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Le Centre des monuments nationaux accueillera au château d'IF du 6 juillet au 21 septembre 2014, l'exposition "Les Bouches-du-Rhône, Agnès Varda"
[07/07/2014]

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BUY YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE

By buying your tickets in advance, you can pick up your tickets in a FNAC store and go staight to the monument(s).

This way you save time and benefit from queue-jump tickets.

Your tickets are valid a year from their date of issue.

  • Pick up in store

    The Fnac network means
    you can have your tickets posted
    to your address or pick them up from any Fnac store.

    Cost: €1.60 processing fee + postage fee depending on chosen option
    Attention : the ticket can not be withdraw in the monument

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Understanding the château d’If 

• A crucial fortress. François I wanted the château d’If to fulfil three functions: protect the coast from invasion, provide cover for the anchoring and outings of the entire new royal fleet of galleys, and keep a watch on Marseille which became part of France in 1480.

• A State prison. Those opposing official authority were imprisoned here from 1580 up until 1871, especially Protestants and Republicans.

• A mythic place known worldwide. Alexandre Dumas published The Count of Monte Cristo in 1844. Its hero, Edmond Dantès, is imprisoned at If. The novel was very popular and has been translated all over the world, and twenty-three films have been made of the book.

Visits

Unaccompagnied tour

Avec document de visite en français, anglais, allemand, italien, espagnol, tchèque, russe, chinois, néerlandais et japonais

Visite du château et de l’ile 
Durée : environ 1 heure 
Accessibilité pour les personnes en situation de handicap : se renseigner auprès du monument 

Guided tour

Visite commentée en basse saison et en haute saison

Cinq commentaires historiques à heures fixes (se renseigner auprès du monument pour les horaires) 
Réservation uniquement pour les groupes

Durée : 30 min

Private Guided Tour

français, anglais, allemand, italien

durée : 1h30 avec la visite de l'île et 2 fois 20 mn de traversée 
sur réservation : 8 jours 
Office de tourisme de Marseille 
tél. (33) 0826 500 500 
fax (33) 04 91 13 89 20 

Guide Dog allowed

Dogs excluded, outside excepted

Accessibilité

Site très accidenté, difficilement accessible pour les personne à mobilité réduite

Visiteurs sourds et malentendants

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Éditions du patrimoine

Château d’If and the Forts of Marseille
Itinéraires
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Marseille antique
Guides archéologiques de la France
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100 monuments, 100 écrivains / Histoires de France
Hors collection
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Le Guide du patrimoine en France
Hors collection
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Bêtes off
Catalogues d'exposition
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Le cahier d'activités des enfants qui remontent le temps
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Mon cahier d’activités : chevalier et aventurière
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