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Chateau de Castelnaud, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

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Overlooking the Dordogne River, the restored medieval fortress Chateau de Castelnaud contains a popular museum of medieval warfare featuring actual-size reconstructions of siege catapults and other war machines. Climbing to the top of the fortress offers you magnificent views of the Châteaux of Beynac and Marqueyssac, as well as the medieval village La Roque-Gageac. Inside, find a unique private collection of arms and armor as well as furniture from the period. Models and videos explain the medieval château’s methods of attack and defense. Kids can rescue someone imprisoned in the château in a fun computer game. Tours are available in English, and a guidebook in English is available for free with purchase of your ticket. Evening theatrical performances are also offered at select times. Plan to see Chateau de Castelnaud and other attractions that appeal to you using our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle vacation builder.
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  • This medieval castle is absolutely to visit if you're in the area, inside we travel in time, between the era armor, swords other weapons that were used in combat, the views breathtaking on the Dordogne River and its Valley, and outside the huge catapults very well restored! I joined this return visit 32 photos! Cedric of Rennes; )
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  • טירה מקסימה עם נוף מדהים של עמק דורדון, הטירה מלאה בתצוגות מעניינות ומושקעת מאוד, שווה ביקור ובכניסה תצטיידו בהסבר בשפה העברית 
  • Our first time to France. We traveled with friends who knew the area well. We were so thankful that they introduced us to the local area which is steeped in history. Castelnaud was the first of many c...  more »
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  • The castle is nice but not great. The one in beynac 5 minutes down the road is actually much nicer. The problem with this site is the huge crowds it attracts. We got there at 10. At that time it was still manageable but by the time we left at 12 it looked like the castle was actually under siege. My best guess that the people in line for a ticket had to wait at the very least 20 to 30 minutes. Again, the castle and the weapons inside are very nice but it was difficult to enjoy any of it due to the huge crowd. Visit only outside of the high season, otherwise go to beynac.
  • Definitely worth a visit if you haven't been to a castle in a while. Impressive collection of old weaponry.
  • It's a nice castle with great views along the nearby valleys. You can get a joint ticket with le jardin de marqueyssac which is well worth doing, each will take you about half a day.
  • Beautiful but go early! Stunning views not to be missed.
  • Great looking chateau. Did not go in - it houses a collection of old war weapons which doesn't really interest me. Probably good for children. Situated down a very steep walk from the carpark. Parking is paid for minimum 3 or 4 hours, which is annoying if you only want to go have a look (I went early and just risked not paying). Cute little village. Carpark is also a aire, with toilet facilities on site. costs 8 euros a night.