The Prison Tower and the Underground

1. The Prison Tower and the Women’s Prison © Ville de Cusset   2. Museum of the Prisoner Tower, covered way - © Ville de Cusset   3. Underground, Porte Saint-Antoine - © Frédéric LIEVRE  

Last vestiges of the fortifications erected at the end of the 15th century on the orders of Louis Murderers, gunboats, portcullis passages, mobile bridges, many of the devices are presented during the guided tour of these famous underground galleries. Guided tour of the underground passages and self-guided tour of the Tower.


In July and August :

Every Thursday from July 4 to August 29, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. // “Tell me the Story – Reading at the Prison Tower”

This summer, the Prisoner Tower invites you to experience and share stories told by literary travel enthusiasts. So come and settle in the heart of the old medieval tower for an extraordinary escape… An exclusive reading moment! All audiences (family, children, etc.)

Every Saturday from July 6 to August 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. // “Tower Party”

How would you like to live a sensory experience by tasting dishes made exclusively for you and in an exceptional heritage setting? Cussé chefs invite you to the Tour Prisonnière for an extraordinary summer tasting!

Tuesdays July 16 and August 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. // “Borva 2 – The Echo of the Stones”

With Borva now free from the Prison Tower, a new rumor spreads in Cusset: that of the Necklace of Force. Faced with this growing mystery, a new character volunteers to solve the enigma: Flint, an intrepid adventurer! Guided by a mysterious echo, Flint needs help finding this essential relic. Together, solve the puzzles, explore the secrets and become the heroes of Cusset in this family adventure! Child/family game by reservation (players welcome at the Prison Tower).

Tuesdays July 23 and August 13, from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. // “Fort-Cusset “Les Maîtres de la Tour” – Season 2”

After the success of the previous season, Fort Cusset is making a comeback with a new version of “Masters of the Tower”! The spaces of the Prison Tower and the Women’s Prison will be transformed into game and challenge areas that the teams will have to complete to score as many points as possible in 90 minutes… This “action game” promises even more challenge. Teen/adult game by reservation (limited places).

Throughout the season – From June 1 to September 29 :

“The Strange Cabinet of the Dumonts” (During opening hours of the Prison Tower)

Anne and Hubert, passionate collectors, have gathered a multitude of old and strange objects in the Prison Tower of Cusset. For some time now, unexplained things have been happening in these logic-defying places. Faced with these mysteries, the Dumonts need help to help them carry out the investigation. This new exploration game, designed by Monsieur Damien and illustrated by Camille Chaussy, promises a unique immersive experience for the whole family. Game from 7 years old (during opening hours of the Prison Tower)


In the light of another world

Head to the 1st floor of the Prisoner Tower to discover an exhibition of photographs between land and sea. A heritage “captured” by the lens of Dimitri de Larocque Latour offering a poetic and legendary journey almost personified…

This new exhibition invites you to a most surprising dreamlike escapade.

from june 01, 2024 to september 29, 2024

Useful information :

Days and times :
Open from June 1 to September 29, 2024:
- In June and September, every weekend from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- In July and August, every day from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Guided tours of the underground passages every hour according to museum opening hours (duration: 1 hour - departure from the Prison Tower).
- Possibilities for out-of-season visits, by reservation only, for groups.

Address :
Musée de la Tour Prisonnière
Rue des Fossés de la Tour Prisonnière
03300 CUSSET
Phone number :
04 70 96 29 17

E-mail address :

Website :

GPS coordinates :
latitude : 46.13196
longitude : 3.45650