The 9 locks of Fonseranes

Béziers Béziers – Canal du Midi
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Periods and opening hours

Open all year :

From 01-11 to 01-04, from Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am-5 pm From 01-04 to 30-09, daily from 10 am-7 pm.

From 01-10 to 01-11, daily 10 am-6 pm


The 9 locks of Fonseranes are the most spectacular site on the Canal du Midi

The Romans had already wanted to link the Atlantic to the Mediterranean via a canal.

We had to wait until the end of the 17th century and the arrival of Pierre-Paul Riquet for the project to be completed, thus creating a genuine tool of trade and economic development. 69 locks, and their unique architectural aesthetic of being oval, feature along the 240 km of the Canal du Midi, between Toulouse and Sète.

Whether you’d like to stroll around with an audioguide, or would enjoy the Scenovision telling the story of the Canal ; whether you’d like a gourmet lunch or a cruise… It’s all up to you. Even more so, since the site was offered a “lifting”.

The most monumental ones were built in Béziers : the majestic water stairway of Fonseranes, where more than 10 000 boats sail every year, are visited by 425 000 persons each year.


Free entrance

Audioguided tour: 2 €
The immersive 3D show: 3 €, from 20 people: 2 €
Privilege Card : 2 €


from 01-11 to 01-04: paid from Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am-5pm;
from 01-04 to 30-09: paid every day from 10 am to 7 pm;

from 01-10 to 01-11 : paid every day from  10 am to 6 pm.

package 7 € / day + 1 free audioguide / vehicle