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Chateau de Castelnaud, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

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Castle Historic Site
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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  • A beautiful castle with a view breathtaking on the Valley. The place is well maintained and very active with animations showing the life of the Knights at the time. Excellent site.
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  • Le château de Castelnau is both a historic site and a museum on medieval weapon, making it a great combination for a visit. In summer, there are also activities and display of castle life, great for k...  more »
  • This castle visited with 2 young children (2 and 5) and this was doable. Castle is easily accessible only a stroller is not recommended. Plenty to do and see.
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  • The views of the valley from this now military museum are spectacular. The museum is a audio visual feast that is well laid out and is outstanding for junior visitors. The carpark has a section for Motorhome stays with toilet and shower facilities.
  • Pretty cool, restored castle. Stay for the trebuchet demonstration at the end of the guided tour.
  • If you have to choose between Beynac and Castelnaud, come here! Impressive renovation, comprehensive (but not suffocating) educational component, great audiovisual displays, nicely appointed rooms, superb views, quaint picturesque village. Just fantastic!
  • Beautifull castle. A lot to see and a great view from above.
  • Will not go again due to the high entrance fee, over 9 euros per person. I normally take any visitors there that we get so have been there many times.

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