Definitive guide

Conciergerie

The Conciergerie is a former Royal residence turned into Paris’ most feared prison in the 18th century.

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The Conciergerie, whose name means lodge in English, was a royal residence and later on a prison in Paris. The building, today a national monument within the perimeter of the Palais de Justice (Palace of Justice), was originally part of the then-royal palace, the Palais de la Cité.

Entry to the Conciergerie is included in the Paris Museum Pass, which we highly recommend getting - you can do it here - to avoid queues and get free access to dozens of attractions in Paris.

Conciergerie in Paris - exteriors
Author: Gilles. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The Conciergerie is not famous for its days as a royal stay, but rather because of its grim and central role in the French Revolution as a prison. It is estimated that during this time alone, almost 3,000 of its prisoners were tried and sentenced to the guillotine here, with as many as 600 prisoners being held at a time.

During the Reign of Terror , many upper-class and wealthy members of society were imprisoned here, and this gave rise to a lucrative business in the Conciergerie. While regular prisoners slept in cramped and dirty cells, the rich could pay the commanders to have a bed, furniture, receive mail, and even have their clothes washed.

Today you can visit the Conciergerie and see reconstructions of the various types of cells the prison housed, from the most comfortable to the smallest and most restrictive.

Location

Bulevard du Palais 2, Île de la Cité.

Tickets and price

You can get tickets to the Conciergerie on the official website or in person at the site.

Adult
€11.50
Adult Under 18 or students under 25
€11.50 free

Entry to the Conciergerie is also included in the Paris Museum Pass, so if you plan on visiting a decent amount of attractions during your stay in Paris, we highly recommend buying it - you can get yours here . The Museum Pass will give you free access to all the most important sights in the city.

Schedule

Days
Every day
1st May, 25th Dec
Days Opening time Last admission Closure
Every day 9:30 am - 5:15 pm 6:00 pm
1st May, 25th Dec Closed

Transport

Method
Lines
Stops
Method Métro Bus RER
Lines 4 21, 38, 47, 96 B, C
Stops Cité - Saint-Michel Notre-Dame

Nearby sights

The Conciergerie is located on the Island of Paris, the Île de la Cité. As such, it is close to many other important sights.

Sainte-Chapelle - just behind the Conciergerie.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris - just east of the Conciergerie.

Latin Quarter - just south of the Conciergerie, across the bridge.

Louvre Museum - 1 km (0.6 miles) northwest, 12-minute walk.

Musée Cluny - 700 m (a little over 0.4 miles) south, 10-minute walk.


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Conciergerie