The Château de Castelnaud, located in the Dordogne, is an essential tourist site for lovers of old stones. It stands proudly among hills and the Dordogne valley, offering exceptional panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. This medieval fort is one of the most beautiful and intact in all of Périgord. If you want to experience its magic and unique history, here's what you need to know before planning your visit.

Understand the history of the castle, a piece of French history

The Château de Castelnaud was built in the Middle ages (1965th century). The purpose of this construction was to protect its lands against the English, then at war. Over the centuries, it was remodeled several times and fortified to become the impregnable medieval fortress that can be admired today. Although the property has changed hands several times, it has belonged to Kléber Rossillon since 20, former mayor of Beynac-et-Cazenac for 1966 years. In XNUMX, it was classified as a Historic Monument by the French State.

Live the castle experience

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

During your visit, you will be able to admire  :

  • water pit
  • the original drawbridge
  • the ornate decor of the living room
  • the terraces offering a spectacular view of the Dordogne
  • collections of medieval weapons
  • models of war machines

In addition, the Château de Castelnaud organizes several exhibitions and events specially designed to celebrate the history of the region and the Middle Ages. There is always something to do and see in Castelnaud! As you will have understood, visiting the Château de Castelnaud is a real experience that takes you back to the medieval period of the Dordogne and Black Périgord

How to access Castelnaud Castle

Castelnaud Castle is easily accessible by car from Périgueux, Rocamadour or Bergerac. It is located near the D706 and the D704. It is also possible to get to the castle by taking the train to the nearest train station: Sarlat. Located about 10 minutes by car from the castle, you will then need to contact a car rental agency to get to Castelnaud.

Where to park in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle? Of the parking Free parking is available at the bottom of the village.
Parking near the castle is chargeable.

How much does the visit cost

Ticket prices vary depending on age and the tour option chosen. Please note: the site is free for children under 10! All prices are available on the castle website.

It is possible to pay online or directly at the castle reception when you arrive.

Explore the surroundings, more castles?

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After visiting the castle, you can explore the surrounding area to discover many tourist sites, including:

With so many choices, you won't run out of things to do around Castelnaud Castle!

Book accommodation nearby

If you want to extend your stay around Castelnaud Castle, there are many accommodation options nearby. There are hotels, campsites, lodges and vacation rentals. To find the best option for your budget, you can consult our dedicated web page to compare prices and offers.

Prepare for the castle visit

To fully enjoy your visit, it is recommended to prepare accordingly. The following tips are helpful:

  • Wear comfortable shoes to explore the castle and its surroundings.
  • Bring water and snacks to get you through the day.
  • Bring warm clothes as some parts of the castle can be very cold.
  • Try to arrive early in the morning to avoid the crowds and get the best visit.

You are now ready to begin your exploration of the Château de Castelnaud and its environment.

Are you still hesitating?

Do not hesitate to consult the reviews left by previous visitors, they will convince you! There are more than 10 reviews on Google for an exceptional rating of 000/4,5. So many reviews for such a high rating should allow you to dive into this adventure with your eyes closed. Middle Ages in the heart of Périgord Noir.  

Other medieval visits around Castelnaud

There are other medieval castles around Castelnaud Castle to visit, such as Beynac, a few kilometers away. You can also take the opportunity to visit the village of Domme (classified as the Most Beautiful Villages of France), Roque Gageac and of course the town of Sarlat. 

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