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. 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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  • This castle is very well done. It’s is excellent condition and boasts a good collection of midieval weapons. Everything is well done and there is a blacksmith exposition outside.  more »
  • Stunning Panoramic views of the Dordogne and an interesting castle experience. There is a bit of a hike from the car park to the castle but it was worth it. There’s a good gift shop too!  more »
  • A medieval castle that is well restored and has the interior period furnishings and memorabilia that educate. We found it well worth the time.  more »
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  • This is a really neat castle. You can see for miles and notice the other castle, Beynac, across the river. We were there in mid March. There weren't crowds but also the many activities they usually have weren't happening. Very beautiful.
  • Must be the best medieval castle I have visited. Entry includes a well informed visit by a guide. Plus the view of the river valley is wonderful. We'll worth the visit.
  • Great place. Try to join a tour to get more of a feel for the history of the Chateau. Tours are conducted in English and you will learn to fire a medieval catapult as well. The building is beautifully restored and there are magnificent views from the ramparts. It's a must do if you are in the area.
  • Excellent medieval castle with interesting displays, some activities and fantastic views.
  • Awesome castle to visit. If you are able to join a tour, you must. It made the visit much more enjoyable And you really got to appreciate the history of the place. Free English tours are 2:30, 3:30, 4:30. This castle is more focused on the military aspect of the castle, from the armour to the tools of war to the strategic design of the place. Overall it is a very enjoyable place for both children and adults. You need about 2 hours min for the place if you do the tour

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