Chateau de Castelnaud, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

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. Before you head to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Castelnaud-la-Chapelle visit planner , to make sure you see all that Castelnaud-la-Chapelle has to offer, including Chateau de Castelnaud.
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  • October 5, 2017
    Although having bought our ticket to the castle of Castelnaud, grouped with the gardens of Marqueyssac, we just outside insight in noting that it still had to pay €3.50 minimum for parking (smells like the communal racket!) and that in addition the long road leading to the Castle then consisted of very steep descents and climbs. We also saw many people turn around and most courageous come back out of breath. So, it's a visit to book youth and legs of steel, but not recommended for people with asthma... Too bad because the building is very beautiful and the visit probably interesting, but luckily we had been in Beynac, which we has a passion. A suggestion: put in place a small shuttle bus from the parking lot to the Castle (which would bring the pill to the parking) to allow those with more legs of fire to reach up to the Castle.
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  • October 5, 2017
    A good place to visit to see a medieval castle in a good state and learn about weapons of this time. Situated in a little medieval village full of charm and in region full of history. Do not miss it!  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    To begin, Park your car at the bottom of the castle in order to pace up and down the stairs and pedestrian streets that they too, guard their historic character. When arrived at the Castle, thought to ask the time of the next tour (it is included in the price and this increases the quality of your visit). You will have explanations on war techniques, construction and armament as well as a demonstration of a throw with a trebuchet. On the roof of the Castle, you will have an amazing view of the dordogne, the gardens suspended from Marqeyssac and the castle of Beynac. Good visit!
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  • September 23, 2017
    Great Castle! Demonstrations of Catapults and you can try on some armour. Well worth a visit, and the views are spectacular!
  • August 20, 2017
    Lovely castle overlooking the river Dordogne. I would recommend a walk through the pedestrian path to the castle, specially on a nice day, it makes the visit even more enjoyable. The view from the castle is remarkable. As many chateaus in the region, it was a part of a turbulent history and houndreds' years war.
  • September 1, 2017
    Beautiful castle with stunning views of the Dordogne valley. There are plenty of interesting demos and activities (the trebuchet was my personal favourite) for adults and children. Steep walk to and from the car park the only downside.
  • August 12, 2017
    Really well organised medieval castle. Good for families and small groups of friends. Loads of excellent restaurants nearby. La Taverne recommend!
  • August 15, 2017
    Worth every penny. Very nice medieval castle, nice attractions, and stupendous view.

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