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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  • Be prepared or a slightly steep climb from the carpark. Then be prepared for a lot of stairs in tight staircases. If you get that far be prepared for an extensive collection of weapons, a very clean w...  more »
  • Arrival at the castle is done either on foot, leaving the car down and parking is then free for good walkers... Or from above and the parking lot is then a charge: € 3. However, it's always for mobility problem! The entrance is free for children under 10 years old which is a plus for families. The children are very well greeted with in the kitchen, the opportunity to don costumes of the middle - ages including armor and a mesh side! The view from this site is remarkable, the visit to the castle with several animations on the gears of war is nice.
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  • Pretty Castle, very well restored, and very tourist. A bit pricey maybe for what it is. Prepare you because it quite climb to get there.
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  • Very nice historical place. The medieval war museum is good too and let me understand more about the historical context about the wars in the region. The view from the tower is excellent (really a strategic location), the villages surrounding the castle makes a charming picture 👍
  • Very nice castle to visit. You can do a tour which take you about 1h. You have a very nice view on the valley of the Dordogne. Probably during summer months there are activities! Also nice is the fact that children under 10 years old have free entrance!!
  • Experience extraordinaire! Superb restoration, live demonstrations and informative materials. Have I mentioned that the view is the loveliest around? Visit at once!
  • Nice castle, interesting animations for children. Blacksmith's demonstration very impressive. Nice collection of siege machines : a few trebuchets and a balista.
  • Great experience for city dwellers with kids. Lovely view. Head down to Marqueyssac after that for a perfect day out.
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