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Chateau de Beynac, Beynac-et-Cazenac
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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. Take a look at our Beynac-et-Cazenac vacation route planner to schedule your visit to Chateau de Beynac and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Yesterday we toured Castlenaud and really enjoyed it. Today however we went to Chateau de Beynac and thought it was even better. We can't quite pinpoint the difference however the scale of everything ...  more »
  • This castle is still as magical. The light of the morning, mist on the Dordogne, it is fabulous! Pity with the low season, we can not visit all of the Castle because of the work. And no tour.
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  • The Castle overlooks the charming old town. I Council parking downstairs, along the Dordogne to feet by the lovely streets of the historic town. Very well preserved Castle, with lots of charm (its position and orientation are for many). Many remains and medieval objects, coins, architecture, framework, the furniture, the view, it's worth the peek. Attention Castle currently in work, you will be denied access to the terraces of the Dungeon. We look forward to the opening of new rooms to the public to go back to the heyday.
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  • A good chateau to visit if you want to see a more original and perhaps older building. This Chateau does't contain the fancy furnishings of many of the other chateaux in the area. You do get to see most of the building and are free to just walk around. For French speakers there are tours and the numbers on the tours are quite large so I would recommend that you try to get in front of the tour otherwise you will see much less as the number of people get in the way.
  • Tremendous, magnificent, and inspiration for future adventures; our family had an amazing visit to this majestic castle!
  • Atop a cliff overlooking the Dordogne, with sweeping panoramic Vistas of lush fields and neighboring Châteaux. Tour of the castle reveals a sense of what life was like in medieval times.
  • Amazing place to visit. Very historic and a fun destination if you are kayaking on the dordogne river.
  • Lovely chateau on the side of a hill. Didn't go in but wandered around the lovely little village. Best view of the chateau is from the other side of the river, not closer to the chateau.