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Chateau de Castelnaud

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Address: Musee de la guerre au Moyen Age, 24250 Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, France
Phone Number: +33 5 53 31 30 00
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Castles of the Dordogne Valley Day Trip from Sarlat
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A very well-done museum on Medieval Warfare, in beautiful setting

We visited in early September. The weather was clear and warm, but like everywhere else we visited in the Dordogne, nature was starting to die off and it wasn't the prettiest time... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Long Beach, CA

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Long Beach, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited in early September. The weather was clear and warm, but like everywhere else we visited in the Dordogne, nature was starting to die off and it wasn't the prettiest time to visit. The castle's herb garden, for example, was completely brown. That's a minor attraction though, and shouldn't keep anyone from visiting the castle-museum in drier months if... More 

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Brackley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The chateau hosts and impressive range of artefacts from the medieval period and having visited a number of times over the years it still holds a great fascination for those with a historical bent. The displays are well presented and the supporting informationis great, the siege machines are a great attaction and show the techincal skills of those who originally... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Rebuilt, and housing medieval armaments, real catapults, films and demos, this major historical monument to the 100 years war is awesome and well worth the 9.6 Euros. Spent several hours there as each room has a story to tell. Shop next door in village has small replicas of castles and chateaus in 3D and on magnets in resin made by... More 

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Daresbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

fabulous fortress overlooking the river. fascinating history (100 years war - Simon de Montfort etc). Huge trebuchet seige machines that you can get up close and personal with. Word of warning for the less mobile ... the walk up ( through the equally gorgeous village) is steep but well worth it!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Chateau de Castelnaud offered some of the best videos explaining the construction of the Chateau/castle, battles, and historical events. An amazing collection of weaponry and artifacts from the centuries when it was a powerful force. Well worth the trip to experience this castle.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We came here after visiting Beynac. Despite similarities in structure, the experience they both offer is different and both worth doing. This castle has been carefully restored where necessary and is a dominating structure reminding us of the medieval wars that necessitated it. Inside and out are interesting medieval military displays. There is artillery and armour and siege machinery. Some... More 

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Stoke on Trent
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We went in October, so there were just enough visitors to be able to see everything properly. Excellent views from the top of the chateau of the Dordogne. Lots of weaponry. They do re enactments too, but not our visit. There are is no furniture or bedrooms, living quarters etc just a kitchen. If you like weaponry and details of... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

After a number of trips to the Dordogne over the years, we finally visited the Castle on the European Heritage weekend and I was pleasantly surprised. Fearing something a little bit too contrived and gimmicky, I found Chateau de Castelnaud a wonderfully restored and authentic middle age fortress. Walking down from the carpark (charges do apply) through the narrow village... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

This is a great medieval castle that was built in the 12th C. The day we went wasn’t very crowded so we almost had the place to ourselves. It was very close to our home base of Sarlat. We were able to see a catapult demonstration, which was fun to watch as well as explore the rooms of the Chateau.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

The castle was built and occupied by Richard the Lionheard during the 100 Years War. It is now largely a museum with weapons from that time period. There was also an interesting room housing armor for men and horses, and there are educational films and displays throughout the tour. We were not traveling with children but I'm guessing it would... More 

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