THE CASTLE OF CASTELNAUD
Camping located 30km from the medieval fortress
After visiting the sites listed in the unesco world heritage, the most beautiful villages of France, the vestiges of The Renaissance, do not miss to visit the medieval castle of Castelnaud! With La Roque Gageac, the gardens of Marqueyssac and Sarlat, the castle of Castelnaud is part of the remarkable sites of the Perigord located very close to your camping in Dordogne.
Only 30 km separate you from the fortified site. Don't miss the opportunity to discover the more than 250 suits of armor as well as the numerous reconstructions of jet machines exposed inside and outside the castle.
You'll be there in less than 40 minutes! For a complete family theme day, we recommend combining your visit with that of Beynac castle, the medieval enemy that faces it on the other side of the Dordogne.
Classified as a historical monument, this castle is one of the jewels of medieval art. A must-see during your Dordogne vacation.
Open all year round.
Guided tour of the castle of Castelnaud
On the banks of the Dordogne River, not far from La Roque Gageac, stands the impressive medieval fortress of Castelnaud.
A Cathar castle at the very beginning of the 13th century, Castelnaud was then taken by Simon de Montfort during the crusade against the Albigensians.
The scene of an important siege during the Hundred Years' War, the Castelnaud Castle has had an eventful history, which has seen it successively pass from the English camp to that of Charles VII.
Today it houses the Museum of War in the Middle Ages.
Its visit is the occasion to discover extraordinarily preserved fortifications and to enjoy a unique panorama on the Dordogne valley.
Château de Castelnaud : schedules and rates
Located 30 km from the campsite Le Temps de Vivre in Dordogne, the castle of Castelnaud is open every day from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm from April to June and in September, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm in July-August, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm from February to March and from October 1 to November 11, and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm from November 12 to February. In July-August, thematic evenings are organized in the evening from Monday to Thursday, at 8:30 pm and 10:15 pm.
Chateau de Castelnaud: rates
- High season (April 1 to November 3): adults €10.90 / Teens €5.50 (10-17 years) / Free for under 10 years.
- Low season (November 4 to March 31): adults €9.90 / Teens €5 (10-17 years) / Free for under 10 years.
- Discounted rates are offered to groups and in the morning before 1:00 pm in high season.
Price of themed evenings: 15.50 €/adult, 10 €/child.
Activities during your visit to the castle
The self-guided tour of the castle lasts about 1 hour. The route is lined with informative panels, interactive terminals, collections of weapons, costumes and armor, and models. You will discover period weapons and machines in the courtyard, then end the visit with a stroll in the medieval garden.
From the kitchen to the covered way, you will discover all the secrets of this castle built in the 12th century. If you go to the castle of Castelnaud with children, you will find at the ticket office free booklets with puzzles, word searches and other games that will brighten up their visit.