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)

  • Tickets and bookings: immersive cinema, 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. Price : 2€/person.

  • Shop: Regional wine, Fonseranes 9 Locks souvenirs, local products, sweets, books and more...
Family pass "activities at the 9 locks": parking + an immersive cinema session for up to 5 persons + an audioguide per vehicle + a treasure hunt kit for 15€.
During winter at the Tourist Information Office in Fonseranes: coffee (Expresso, Lungo decaffeinated or Lungo Guatemala) at the exceptional rate of 1 €.

The Visitor Centre is open

- Until March 15th, 2020: Saturdays, Sundays from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

- School holidays: (from February 8th 2020 to March 8 2020) from 10:00 to 17:00 every day.

- From March 16th to June 30th and from September 1st to October 31st, from 10am to 6pm, every day.

- From July 1st to August 31st: from 10am to 7pm, every day.

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. Open from February 8th to September 30th 2020.

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.