Castelnaud Castle, in the Dordogne, is a must-see for lovers of the arts and culture. old stones. It stands proudly amidst the hills and the Dordogne valley, offering exceptional panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. This medieval fort is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt in the Périgord. If you'd like to discover its magic and unique history, here's what you need to know before planning your visit.

Understanding the history of the château, a piece of French history

Castelnaud castle was built in the Middle Ages (12th century). Its purpose was to protect its lands from the English, who were at war at the time. Over the centuries, it was altered several times and fortified to become the impregnable medieval fortress we can admire today. Although the property has changed hands several times, it has belonged to Kléber Rossillon since 1965, a former mayor of Beynac-et-Cazenac for 20 years. In 1966, it was classified as a Historic Monument by the French government.

Experience the castle

Castelnaud castle is open to the public every day of the year. A self-guided tour is available, but you can also opt for a guided tour, during which the guide will be able to answer all your questions. Guided tours are available for groups or individual visitors. Audiovisuals are available to complete the experience and give a better understanding of the castle's history.

During your visit, you can admire  :

  • the moat
  • the original drawbridge
  • the ornate décor of the living room
  • terraces offering spectacular views over the Dordogne
  • collections of medieval weapons
  • models of war machines

What's more, Château de Castelnaud organises a number of events each year. exhibitions and events specially designed to celebrate the region's history and the Middle Ages. There's always something to do and see in Castelnaud! As you can see, visiting Castelnaud castle is a real experience that takes you back to the Middle Ages. medieval period of the Dordogne and Black Perigord

How to get to Castelnaud castle

Castelnaud castle is easily accessible by car from Périgueux, Rocamadour or Bergerac. It is close to the D706 and D704. You can also get to the château via the train to the nearest railway station: Sarlat. It's around 10 minutes' drive from the château, so you'll need to contact a car rental agency to get you to Castelnaud.

Where can I park in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle? From car parks are available free of charge at the bottom of the village.
There is a charge for parking near the château.

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How much does a visit cost?

Ticket prices vary according to age and the tour package chosen. Please note: the site is free for children under 10! All prices are available on the château website.

You can pay online or directly at the château reception desk on arrival.

Exploring the surrounding area, more castles?

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After visiting the castle, you can explore the surrounding area to discover a number of tourist attractions, including :

With so much to choose from, there's no shortage of things to do around Castelnaud castle!

Book nearby accommodation

If you want to extend your stay around Château de Castelnaud, there are plenty of accommodation options nearby. There are hotels, campsites, gites and holiday rentals. To find the best option for your budget, you can visit our dedicated web page to compare rates and offers.

Preparing for your visit to the castle

To make the most of your visit, we recommend that you prepare accordingly. The following tips will help:

  • Wear comfortable shoes to explore the castle and its surroundings.
  • Bring water and snacks to keep you going all day.
  • Take warm clothes with you as some parts of the castle can be very cold.
  • Try to arrive early in the morning to avoid the crowds and enjoy a better visit.

Now you're ready to start exploring Castelnaud castle and its surroundings.

Are you still hesitating?

Don't hesitate to check out the reviews left by previous visitors, they'll be sure to convince you! There are over 10,000 reviews on Google for an exceptional rating of 4.5/5. With so many reviews and such a high rating, you should be able to dive into this adventure with your eyes shut. The Middle Ages in the heart of Périgord Noir.  

Other medieval visits around Castelnaud

There are other medieval castles to visit around Castelnaud, such as Beynac, just a few kilometres away. You can also take the opportunity to visit the village of Domme (classified as one of France's most beautiful villages), La Roque Gageac and, of course, the town of Sarlat. 

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