Château de Castelnaud

Officially listed as an Historic Building in 1966, Château de Castelnaud stands high over the Dordogne valley, with magnificent views of the châteaux of Beynac and Marqueyssac and the medieval village of La Roque Gageac.

Open to the public since 1985, this one-time fortress is now given over entirely to displaying the art of warfare in the Middle Ages.  Inside, there is a unique private collection of arms and armours, and also some furniture from the period; outside, you will find reconstructions of war machines, such as actual size siege catapults.  These are reinforced by models and videos, explaining a medieval château’s different methods of attack and defence.

The château, owned by the Rossillon family, has been brought back to life by three large-scale restoration programs.

Opening Hours

The Château de Castelnaud is open every day throughout the year.

February, March, October, 1-11 November: 10.00-18.00

April, May, June, September: 10.00-19.00

July, August: 09.00-20.00 and 20.15 for night-time visits

12-30 November, December, January: 14.00-17.00 (open 10.00-17.00 in the Christmas holidays)