Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Since the pre-Roman period, a fortified settlement has existed on the hill where Carcassonne now stands. In its present form it is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, with its massive defences encircling the castle and the surrounding buildings, its streets and its fine Gothic cathedral. Carcassonne is also of exceptional importance because of the lengthy restoration campaign undertaken by Viollet-le-Duc, one of the founders of the modern science of conservation.
Only a 50 min drive away, Carcasonne is a must see whilst you are in the area. There are a wide variety of events going on all year round so whether it's medieval jousting, the famous Christmas Market or a stroll around the city walls, there will always be something worthwhile to pass your time.
Carcassonne has an excellent tourist information web site which you will find at www.tourism-carcassonne.co.uk