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Chateau de Castelnaud

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Address: Musee de la guerre au Moyen Age, 24250 Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, France
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Castles of the Dordogne Valley Day Trip from Sarlat
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Imposing location and great views.

The castle is situated high above the river with superb views over the Dordogne. Interesting visit for the whole family although the kids did tend to speed through the collection... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stephen C
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Jersey, United Kingdom

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle is situated high above the river with superb views over the Dordogne. Interesting visit for the whole family although the kids did tend to speed through the collection of antique crossbows! The castle is well preserved and I can certainly recommend the suspended platform out from the wall to demonstrate where things were dropped on attacking forces below-not!

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Sancerre, France
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Living in France's Loire Valley, I'm probably a pretty tough critic when it comes to castle tours. Chateau de Castelnaud is definitely among the best visits I've done. Not only does it have spectacular views of the Dordogne valley far below, its museum of medieval warfare is comprehensive. Add to this an interesting 1 hour guided tour (including in the... More 

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Port Orange, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a nice visit here. The chateau has been restored and has some interesting exhibits and is worthwhile. There are some great views from the top of the chateau. There are also some restaurants etc. between the parking lot and the chateau. On the day we were there a lot a children were there and they seemed to be... More 

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Edmonton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very well preserved medieval castle with a very impressive collection of crossbows in particular. The many visual galleries are in French and English and explain medieval warfare very well. My son enjoyed the castle very much. We appreciated the display of trebuchets and watching one in action.

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Paris, France
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did not enjoy this visit so much. Great for younger kids I would say but not so interesting as a couple. Climbing around a ruined castle but with not so much to help you imagine it's history or what it could have been like there. There was a small amount of armor on display but mostly German and not... More 

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Nathalie B, Directeur général at Chateau de Castelnaud, responded to this review

Hello, Be assured that we sincerely consider your comment. You should know that the château de Castelnaud (Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Dordogne) is not a ruin at all. The whole castle was completely restored from the 70’s. It was classified as a Historic Building in 1966 and benefit from four restoration campaigns. It houses in its museum about 250 pieces of arms and... More 

Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

Great views, well preserved / renovated chateau, fun activities for the kids. Well worth the trip and time.

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

Beautifully restored, it is easy to spend a half day here. There is information and displays on both the history of the chateau and region, along with medieval warfare weapons and daily life. Information is available in English ( the ticket office staff are fluent ) and a trebuchet demonstration, although in French, is easy to follow as the demonstrations... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

The area is littered with castles, but there is not much to do in Castelnaud except visit the castle. The castle was in good repair and because it was built so small, doesn't take a lot of time to visit. The day I visited there were few tourists, so the stop was good.

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Saba
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

Our first time to France. We traveled with friends who knew the area well. We were so thankful that they introduced us to the local area which is steeped in history. Castelnaud was the first of many castles we saw during our trip. It sit on a large hill and towers over the town.

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Essen, Germany
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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to Castelnaud. It's a castle as castles were meant to be , to fight off unwanted savages, in this case ( as English visitors!!) it was our 15th century Plantagenet monarchs fighting the King of France who controlled the Chateau de Beynac across the Valley! Earlier Simon de Montfort , Earl of Leicester did his bit... More 

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