Castles to see in the Périgord Noir
Which castle will you visit in the Dordogne? Don't settle for just one fortress! Even if there aren't thousands of them, you can easily see several. Périgord castles that have stood the test of time. Your children will love it!
Château de Losse
Built in the 16th century in the commune of Thonac, near Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, the Château de Losse and its gardens offer superb evidence of the Renaissance. You can visit the Grand Logis, a listed historic monument, and discover its period furniture. The gardens, defence towers, moats and underground passageways are also well worth a visit.
Fortified House of Reignac
This fortified castle is without doubt the most mysterious in the Dordogne, with its very special architecture. Located in Tursac, this " castle cliff "Built directly into the rock in the 14th century, it is in an exceptional state of preservation. It now houses the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Torture.
Château de Marzac
Also in Tursac, the Château de Marzac is now home to a rich programme of activities for families, children and friends. Escape games and murder parties await you in this castle steeped in history and emblematic of the Dordogne valley.
A former medieval fortress, Château de Hautefort was enhanced by parkland and formal gardens from the 19th century onwards. This majestic château is open to the public for guided or self-guided tours, during the day or at night (in summer), and walks are available to enjoy its incredible gardens and carved boxwood.
Château de Commarque
The Château de Commarque is an ancient fortified castle dating back to the 12th century. What makes it special? It was a "co-seigniory" housing several families, one per tower. Today, the fortress offers a wide range of activities for all the family: self-guided or guided tours from the valley to the dungeon, workshops, abseiling, escape games, as well as exhibitions and films.
Donjon and Manoir de la Salle
Don't miss this place, also known as Saint-Léon Manorlike the commune of Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, where it is based. Here you can discover a square keep and a corner tower built in the 12th century, as well as the manor house dating from the 15th century. The grounds are just as remarkable, with a majestic Lebanese cedar over 300 years old.
Between Sarlat and Montignac-Lascaux, close to other remarkable sites such as the gardens of Eyrignac, treat yourself to a visit to the Lacypierre Castle. An exceptional place, which was the country home of the Benié de Lacypierre family in the 15th century, a family of magistrates and royal officers originally from Périgord.
Fortress of Miremont
Surrounded by greenery and listed as a historic monument, the Fortress of Miremont stands in the heart of the Périgord Noir region, near the village of Les Eyzies. Its Romanesque keep, built in the 12th century and modified during the Renaissance, is truly impressive. It is no longer possible to visit it. However, it can be admired on the Miremont hiking trail.
Château de L'Herm
Château de l'Herm, with its Gothic architecture, was built in the 16th century. Although the château is currently closed to the public but it's a safe bet that you'll soon be able to visit the site and discover all its wonders!