Entrance tickets to the Château d'If
We want to help you make a great holiday even better, by giving you the best price possible! If you find a ticket or tour for less (by the same tour operator and in the same currency), simply include the link in an email to support@musement.com and we'll happily match the price.
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.

Read more
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
  • EU Digital COVID Certificate required for people 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
    Read more
    When
    • Open every day
    • 10.00-18.30
    • Closed on 1 January and 25 December
    Read more
    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.

    You might also like

    Panoramic tour of Cassis and Marseille
    Attractions & guided tours

    Panoramic tour of Cassis and Marseille

    Book a half-day excursion to Cap Canaille, Cassis and en joy a panoramic tour of Marseille.

    free cancellation
    Duration up to 5 hours 30 minutes
    Available in:

    en, fr, es 

    A Taste of Aix-en-Provence from Marseille
    Activities

    A Taste of Aix-en-Provence from Marseille

    Book a guided tour of Aix en Provence, a city famous for its history, architecture and arts thanks to the painter Paul Cezanne. Departure from Marseille.

    free cancellation
    Duration up to 4 hours
    Available in:

    en, fr, es 

    Guided tour of Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and Cassis
    Attractions & guided tours

    Guided tour of Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and Cassis

    Book this full-day excursion combining a guided tour of Aix en Provence, Cassis and its wild Calanques and Marseille. Departure from Marseille.

    free cancellation
    Duration up to 9 hours 30 minutes
    Available in:

    en, fr, es 

    Colorbus Marseille hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus pass
    Activities

    Colorbus Marseille hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus pass

    Explore Marseille at your own pace and discover the city's sights with a 1-day or 2-day hop-on and hop-off sightseeing tour bus.

    free cancellation
    Flexible
    Available in:

    en, it, fr, es, de, +3  ru, ja, zh

    Full-day eco-friendly boat tour of the Calanques National Park
    Activities

    Full-day eco-friendly boat tour of the Calanques National Park

    Enjoy an eco-friendly boat ride on an hybrid electric boat in the National Park of the Calanques between Marseille and Cassis.

    free cancellation
    Duration 7 hours
    Available in:

    en, fr 

    Pétanque game and drinks in Marseille
    Attractions & guided tours

    Pétanque game and drinks in Marseille

    Play a game of Pétanque in the heart of Marseille and end the day with an apéritif!

    free cancellation
    Duration 2 hours
    Available in:

    en, fr, es 

    Hiking and snorkeling around an island in Marseille
    Activities

    Hiking and snorkeling around an island in Marseille

    Discover a typical Provencal district in Marseille and go snorkeling in the Mediterranean Sea. Satisfy your body and mind with this fun activity in nature!

    free cancellation
    Duration 5 hours
    Available in:

    en, fr, es 

    Private tour of the villages in the Luberon region
    Excursions & day trips

    Private tour of the villages in the Luberon region

    Visit the most picturesque villages of Provence: Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux and Saignon. Discover the rich cultural heritage of the Luberon region!

    free cancellation
    Duration up to 8 hours
    Available in:

    en, fr 

    Full day tour of Avignon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Les Baux de Provence
    Activities

    Full day tour of Avignon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Les Baux de Provence

    Get the most of Provence with this full day excursion from Marseille to Les Baux-de-Provence, Pont du Gard, Chateauneuf du Pape and Avignon.

    free cancellation
    Duration up to 10 hours 30 minutes
    Available in:

    en, fr, es 

    Full day tour of Cézanne's Aix-en-Provence with wine tasting
    Excursions & day trips

    Full day tour of Cézanne's Aix-en-Provence with wine tasting

    Book now your full-day excursion in the world of the painter Cézanne, in Aix-en-Provence, with a wine tasting in Château Lacoste

    free cancellation
    Duration 9 hours
    Available in:

    en, fr, es