Welcome to the Visitor Centre

“Le Coche d’eau”, the former inn where sailors and horses slept before going up or down the 9 Locks, has been renamed the Site Centre.

This is where visitors arrive at the site entrance. It is the starting point for all tours and activities.


  • Our Tourist Information centre: the team of travel advisors will give you a warm welcome, tell you about not only the Canal du Midi but also Béziers Méditerranée from north to south and east to west: Seaside, Vineyards and Town.

  • The immersive cinema: The Fonseranes 9 Locks and Canal du Midi as if you were “inside”! Your host, the archivist, guides you deep into the Canal du Midi to meet the people who built the Canal and its 328 structures.
    Visitor Centre 1st floor (lift for disabled visitors only).
    In accordance with government guidelines, the immersive cinema is currently closed.
    Upon reopening on May 19th 2021, it will be accessible during the Visitor Centre's opening hours.

    Book your tickets online !

    3 €/adult
    2 € for children under 12 years old, jobseekers, students.
    Free for children under 6 years old.

    Group rate: 2 € (from 19 people).

  • Tickets and bookings: guided tours, concerts, shows.
  • Stamps and bus tickets for sale.
  • Audioguide hire: in French, English, German and Spanish. An easy and enjoyable way to explore the 14 stages of the museum trail along the locks.
    Tariffs: Upon presentation of your parking ticket, you will be given a free audioguide.
    Additional audioguide rental: 2 €.

  • Shop: Regional wine, Fonseranes 9 Locks souvenirs, local products, sweets, books and more...

    During winter at the Tourist Information Office in Fonseranes: coffee (Expresso, Lungo decaffeinated or Lungo Guatemala) at the exceptional rate of 1 €.

Opening hours of the Visitor Centre:

  • From 15th to 31st March: daily from 10:00 to 17:00.
  • From April 1st to June 30th and from September 1st to October 31st: daily from 10:00 to 18:00.
  • From July 1s to August 31st: daily from 10:00 to 19:00.
  • From November 1st to March 15th: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00.

    Open every day during the winter school holidays (according to french zones A/B/C) from 10:00 to 17:00.
Closed on 25/12 and 01/01

Le 9, the Fonseranes 9 Locks restaurant

The Visitor Centre is home to a top new restaurant: LE 9.

With its fabulous glass roof in the shape of a ship’s bow, it overlooks the Orb plain and Béziers acropolis on one side and the Fonseranes rise locks on the other: it is called Le 9, the 9 Locks Restaurant.
Whether you’re inside or on the 2 terraces, you’ll have mouth-watering views of the Béziers area.

Le 9 is also the first restaurant to open its kitchen and tables in Fonseranes all year. What’s on the menu? A “bistronomy” menu and local wine.
It seats 54 persons inside and 130 outside.

The Paul Riquet hall

The Paul Riquet hall welcomes groups service provider desks such as cruises, the touristic train, electric boat hire, etc.

The Paul Riquet hall is open daily from April 1st to October 31st.