Chateau de Beynac, Beynac-et-Cazenac

One of the best-preserved and best-known castles in the region--and a location for films such as several films, including "Ever After" (1998) and "Chocolat" (2000)--Chateau de Beynac was built in the 12th century. Perched atop a limestone cliff for defensive purposes, it's been included on the French Ministry of Culture's Historic Monuments list since 1944. Restored in 1962 by Lucien Grosso, highlights include rich tapestries with scenes from the lives of the castle 's former medieval residents. Use our Beynac-et-Cazenac road trip site to visit Chateau de Beynac on your trip to Beynac-et-Cazenac, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Everything is beautiful! Castle of castelnaud different. It is to see, very typical. View of the magnificent Valley.
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  • Very nice, very well restored Castle, inside of the Castle very interesting and easy to visit. Exceptional view of the Dordogne. Few people in March, ideal to visit at your own pace and take pictures. No food snack, too early for the season, predict its dive picnic
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  • We came on a very sunny and warm day off season and were stunned by this fort. Very few people were around (we only met one group of 4 people while wandering around the castle), so the experience was ...  more »
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  • An amazing step back in time. Reasonably priced for a family visit too. Great views and a historical must If you're anywhere near. You need to be aware of the half mile, very steep incline, to get there. It says you can drive but we couldn't find any way a normal size car could drive there.
  • Very nice atmosphere. Castle is currently under renovation, so some areas are currently closed off to the public. Very informative audio guide available in many languages. Castle is extremely well maintained. There isn't a speck of dust on anything.
  • Great views of the valey. The castle is easy accessible by foot from the bottom of the mountain. Great with kids. Today in reconstruction so some areas are temporarily closed but still a lot to see.
  • This is truly a breathtaking place. The views are incredible and the castle is genuine history in the present. We came here on the recommendation of a restaurant owner in a nearby city and were so glad we did. Being able to explore a historical French castle was one of the highlights of our trip.
  • Must visit. It is a much more authentic comparing to other ones in the area that are more reconstructed than renovated/fixed. Amazing views.
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