Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau de Castelnaud
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  • Di & Scott
    Saint-Cyprien, France264 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peek into the past!
    Very interesting castle! They cater to children & school groups during the holidays with employees in period costumes, roll playing and describing how life was back in the day. Guided tours are available in French, English & Dutch. Pamphlets are also available in several languages of tours aren’t available. Good video (English subtitles) telling the story of the residents of the castle under siege. And don’t miss the trebuchet & other demonstrations! Also very good display of armaments. Beautiful views of the valley and Beynac Castle. Warning-Like all of these medieval castles, lots of steep staircases, worn steps, , and uneven surfaces. I highly recommend!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 July 2023
  • georgina
    London, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent armoury
    It was very interesting and educational. There were videos explaining everything as you went round. The best bit was seeing a catapult fire at the very end. The children also loved touching the chainmail. The most important thing is to arrive very early in the morning because it got very crowded later on.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Mark R
    Jersey, United Kingdom32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Medieval Chateau, lots to see, well presented
    Excellent, best example and presentation of a medieval Chateau in the area, excellent guide in English too. Lots to see and my 12 year old daughter thought it was excellent. Highly recommended. Go early if hot.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 August 2023
  • liveforgoodfood
    46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super afternoon
    We really enjoyed our visit to castlenaud. The entrance price is very reasonable. The views from the top are absolutely stunning offering miles and miles of the dordogne to look at. The armour on display was interesting. I found the video about how the owners restored the castle and created the trebuchet fascinating. All in English subtitles too. Our two children enjoyed their time looking round and we all had a good afternoon. There are loads of venues to eat too all around the castle.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Ian R
    69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Proper Castle
    This is what I would call a proper castle, my sons would have loved it when they were young. It is small spiral stone staircases with ramparts to look over the Dordogne from, with all the medieval weapons. Well worth a visit. Admiration to the family who have sympathetically restored it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 September 2023
  • familytravel4x4
    Liphook, United Kingdom622 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous castle, very well restored
    We revised after almost 20 years and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. As a child our son loved the castle and it’s weaponry and in his absence we enjoyed all the enhancements since then in terms of videos and information about the restoration and understanding of medieval warfare. Add in views which are to die for and you have an experience to remember.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
  • Tualie
    Varese, Italy1,511 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great medieval fortress - castle in strategic position
    As known, these medieval structures had changed so many owners throughout the years by purchasing or by conquering so common on those days. This one is strategic, incredible views of the Dordogne valley and to keep an eye the Beynac castle, rivals on those days. Abandoned after the Revolution, was looted, spoiled and was used as a quarry so this is very much a renovated fortress castle. Kudos for that family who took the interest in giving back a structure of historical importance. This fortress hosts a medieval war museum and has a collection of medieval weaponry and is displayed by armors, scale models, living rooms, kitchens, casemate and siege or defensive machinery (outdoors), is well organized. There are video games which we played (how to rescue a princess!). If wanted, can dress the medieval fashion and have a pic. Big carpark uphill so easy and nearer to reach the castle. We did the mistake of parking down in the village so we took longer to reach the castle by foot but it was an interesting uphill walk, saw interesting knickknacks around. Wear comfy shoes.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 May 2024
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Tualie
Varese, Italy1,511 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
As known, these medieval structures had changed so many owners throughout the years by purchasing or by conquering so common on those days. This one is strategic, incredible views of the Dordogne valley and to keep an eye the Beynac castle, rivals on those days. Abandoned after the Revolution, was looted, spoiled and was used as a quarry so this is very much a renovated fortress castle. Kudos for that family who took the interest in giving back a structure of historical importance.

This fortress hosts a medieval war museum and has a collection of medieval weaponry and is displayed by armors, scale models, living rooms, kitchens, casemate and siege or defensive machinery (outdoors), is well organized. There are video games which we played (how to rescue a princess!). If wanted, can dress the medieval fashion and have a pic.

Big carpark uphill so easy and nearer to reach the castle. We did the mistake of parking down in the village so we took longer to reach the castle by foot but it was an interesting uphill walk, saw interesting knickknacks around. Wear comfy shoes.
Written 24 May 2024
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familytravel4x4
Liphook, UK622 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We revised after almost 20 years and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. As a child our son loved the castle and it’s weaponry and in his absence we enjoyed all the enhancements since then in terms of videos and information about the restoration and understanding of medieval warfare. Add in views which are to die for and you have an experience to remember.
Written 13 October 2023
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Ian R
69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is what I would call a proper castle, my sons would have loved it when they were young.
It is small spiral stone staircases with ramparts to look over the Dordogne from, with all the medieval weapons.
Well worth a visit.
Admiration to the family who have sympathetically restored it.
Written 22 September 2023
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liveforgoodfood
46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We really enjoyed our visit to castlenaud. The entrance price is very reasonable. The views from the top are absolutely stunning offering miles and miles of the dordogne to look at. The armour on display was interesting. I found the video about how the owners restored the castle and created the trebuchet fascinating. All in English subtitles too. Our two children enjoyed their time looking round and we all had a good afternoon. There are loads of venues to eat too all around the castle.
Written 29 August 2023
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Mark R
Jersey, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Excellent, best example and presentation of a medieval Chateau in the area, excellent guide in English too. Lots to see and my 12 year old daughter thought it was excellent. Highly recommended. Go early if hot.
Written 21 August 2023
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georgina
London, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
It was very interesting and educational. There were videos explaining everything as you went round. The best bit was seeing a catapult fire at the very end. The children also loved touching the chainmail.
The most important thing is to arrive very early in the morning because it got very crowded later on.
Written 9 August 2023
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Di & Scott
Saint-Cyprien, France264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Very interesting castle! They cater to children & school groups during the holidays with employees in period costumes, roll playing and describing how life was back in the day. Guided tours are available in French, English & Dutch. Pamphlets are also available in several languages of tours aren’t available. Good video (English subtitles) telling the story of the residents of the castle under siege. And don’t miss the trebuchet & other demonstrations! Also very good display of armaments. Beautiful views of the valley and Beynac Castle. Warning-Like all of these medieval castles, lots of steep staircases, worn steps, , and uneven surfaces. I highly recommend!
Written 19 July 2023
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xenq
Singapore, Singapore7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The chateau displays boring showcase of war arrows and swords. Really boring
Expensive at €12.90 . NOT Worth visiting
Written 6 July 2023
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This castle, which does not deserve to be visited, is nevertheless the most visited in the South West of France, not only for the richness of its collections, but also for the quality of its museography (including subtitled videos to better understand the history of the castle and the war in the Middle Ages), and its many summer activities including 5 tours departing in English every day, from Monday to Sunday. All this justifies our entry price, equivalent to other sites in the region, knowing that the castle is free for children under 10 years old.
Written 1 August 2023
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Ben R
Dover, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
A really excellent attraction for the family, spanning several centuries of history in the Perigord region.

English information was more limited, but the views and displays easily made up for this.

A definite ‘must visit’ for anyone in the region.
Written 4 July 2023
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Caroline171
Durham, NC206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
The castle is apparently mostly restored (photos inside showed its previous state of ruin) but it was very interesting. The views from the terraces were astounding, with gorgeous views of the river down to Beynac on one side, and vast stretches of countryside on the other side. Everything is so beautiful. It almost looks like a toy landscape—trees, river, fields, Beynac, other little settlements. The sky was amazingly ominous-looking as well, so we felt some need to hurry through the outside exhibits (trebuchet, siege engines, etc.) and to the inside. It definitely gives you a feeling of what life would have been like and how war was waged. The rain held off for us, which made the visit much more pleasant. Lots of steps and steep slopes.
Written 27 June 2023
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