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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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  • It's certainly a pue expensive but a magnificent view, a magnificent Castle and demonstrations of machines and animations summer visit the fun for kids... and adults also!
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  • November 10 we arrive at Castlenau and go to visit the castle we Park our car in the parking lot we are tourists only righteous person our car we cross person everything was shut down, we go down to see the Castle 5 minutes because 9 euros per entry (one of the most expensive) a photo and hop we are back the car and Surprise pv 17 euro we can say kil save tourists two Auvergne for the month of November, especially that tourists jostle not in this season thanks to the officer that we align and this gesture bo live I think kil had to be happy its quota of pv of the day thanks to so clean that you have us book us prefer by far one and the roque gageac or l use municipal welcomed us with open arms and very sympathetically
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  • Superb Castle. Visit pleasant and instructive. Exceptional view from the outside. Not to be missed.
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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.