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The nine Locks of Fonseranes

Chemin des Ecluses, 34500, Beziers, France
+33 4 99 41 36 36
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Incredile Engineering

These locks on the Canal du Midi are a very impressive piece of 16th Century engineering, all the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Andrew R
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Nantwich, United Kingdom
this is a great place to visit . see the locks in action

Interesting little place to sit and just let the time go by . little cafe to stop in for a drink... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
andymacdonald30
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Chemin des Ecluses, 34500, Beziers, France
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Reviewed 2 days ago

These locks on the Canal du Midi are a very impressive piece of 16th Century engineering, all the more so because a modern attempt at an inclined plane next to it sits in ruins as it couldn't be made to work. There is a tourist...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting little place to sit and just let the time go by . little cafe to stop in for a drink and a bite to eat .

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

got lucky to be there when a boat was going thru!! that place is really cool to see, and know that it has been created so many years ago!! nice area to walk around!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you consider that this lock staircase was designed by Paul Riquet in the sixteenth century it is quite amazing. The oval contours of the locks and the way the water is channeled down the hill is quite impressive. Best to watch some boats navigating...More

Thank Alan P
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

Well worth a visit. Fascinating to see boats moving up and down through the lock system. I walked out along the tow path which took about twenty minutes and was very pleasant in the sunshine. There is a restaurant there too.

Thank m03atkinson
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AmelieOT, Community Manager at The nine Locks of Fonseranes, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Thank you very much for your comment and rating, we are glad you had a good time at the 9 locks !

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Reviewed 1 March 2018

Access to this marvel has - in principal - been greatly improved, with a smart new car park and a wheelchair/buggy friendly walkway to the top of the flight of locks. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no signage on the approach to the car park barrier...More

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AmelieOT, Community Manager at The nine Locks of Fonseranes, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2018

Good afternoon, and thank you for your comment/ "warning". The prices of the parking lot (and off all services on site) are written on a board placed right before the entrance of the parking lot, and before the barreer. We noticed, thanks to a couple...More

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Reviewed 7 February 2018

These staircase locks on the Canal Midi are a wonderful example of 17th century engineering. We were fortunate that a barge arrived when we were on site and we were able to watch its progress through the locks - about 20 minutes although we did...More

Thank Tony C
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AmelieOT, Community Manager at The nine Locks of Fonseranes, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Thank you very much for your comment ! See you soon on the Canal du Midi !

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

The improvements made to the locks was very impressive but the shock of paying 7€ for 1.5hours parking spoilt the whole dayMore

Thank Keith S
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AmelieOT, Community Manager at The nine Locks of Fonseranes, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

We are sorry to read you were disappointed. The car park price is indeed the price for the day, whether you stay an hour or the whole day. We used to charge per hour, but since most vistors stay more than 2 hours, changing to...More

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Reviewed 19 November 2017

A visit here should be on everyone's must-see list! An astonishing feat of engineering and design that also makes for a lovely and relaxing visit as there are a number of tourist-friendly enhancements, including a restaurant complex. No surprise that this is now a UNESCO...More

1  Thank iGoEverywhere52
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AmelieOT, Community Manager at The nine Locks of Fonseranes, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic comment ! We are glad you had a good time and hope to welcome you again soon along the Canal du Midi !

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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Once in the locks, which has to be planned as there are very short periods of time it is open either way, time goes really quickly. We had a large boat and had two crew members on the side and two on the boat working...More

1  Thank Sharon W
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AmelieOT, Community manager at The nine Locks of Fonseranes, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Thank you for your comment ! Have a nice trip on the Canal du Midi !

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Jan E
13 April 2016|
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We went last autumn - there was no pedestrian access to the locks or anywhere with a useful view of them, or the fantastic inclined plane (a technological failure) adjacent to the locks. Boats were still able to pass through... More
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