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Chateau de Beynac
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Half day Tour of The Villages of the Dordogne
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Owner description: Beynac, the most authentic Feudal Fortress of the Perigord. Visitor, welcome to the Feudal Fortress of Beynac. Here, between sky ans earth, time has stopped. Perched high on a cliff at breath-taking heights, the Castle of Beynac acts as a stone sentinel, which for nine centuries, has watched over the Dordogne. Château de Beynac is the most authentic Castle of the Périgord and one of the highlights of the Dordogne. Visiting Château de Beynac is an absolutlely unique and unforgetable experience, a never ending journey of discovery. Open all year, every day. From april until october, guided visit (in French) included in the ticket price. Departures every 30 minutes from 10 AM to 12 AM and from 2 PM to 6:30 PM Last departure 6:30 PM. Enjoy your visit at Beynac, the most emblematic Fortress of the Perigord!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children
Reviewed 15 May 2014

This is a must go, when you are visiting Dordogne valley villages. Gorgeous views, excelent guided tour with detailed explanations. Very interesting

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Reviewed 12 May 2014 via mobile

Don't be daunted by the steepness of the cobblestone path up to the church. The view, and the serenity make the effort worthwhile!
We went on a Monday, when the majority of shops were closed, meaning the streets were quiet and we were able to take many photos of the picturesque village without having to do gymnastics to avoid other tourists. Being spring we also were able to fully appreciate the wall flowers in bloom.

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Reviewed 11 May 2014

This is worth the drive --- the castle itself is amazing --- but the view from the castle of the surrounding farms and chateaus is perhaps even better.

Definitely worth the visit

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Reviewed 22 April 2014

You can access the castle either by walking up the cobbled streets from the riverfront (steep climb) or drive the long way round to the car park on more or less the same level as the castle.
Once you enter the castle, there's a magnificent view of the river and countryside, taking in two other chateaux in the distance. All the guided tours appeared to be in French, so we used the self-guided short leaflet in English which was OKish (some bits were missed out, info was sparse). The castle looked as if it had been restored sensitively so it isn't over-furnished and has quite an authentic feel - we could see why they had used it as a set for the 1990s film of Joan of Arc. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
On a practical note, the steep cobbled streets of the village, uneven ground in parts of the castle and lack of railings mean you need to watch your step.

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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Had a great third visit to Beynac. The interiors are sparsley furnished but that gives a good idea of how a castle was lived in. The views from the windows and battlements are breath-taking. Hold on to dogs and kids inside the first courtyard as there is no balustrade along the 100 foot drop to the river. Some of the exhibits are on loan from the Louvre so what you see inside does change, Kids love to climb into the crossbow implacements in the battlements and pretend shoot the tourists below. There are crossbows as well but they don't work. You can drive up through the village to a car park near the top, or park along the riverside and walk up through the town. It is a steep climb on cobbled roads. You can pause en route for a breather and take in other views over the roves of the houses below. The Chateau has been used for numerous films and T.V. history documentry. You can take your dog in as well. He can pull you up the hill! At the top of the village there is a garden where you can take in the view over and above the castle. After this take in a trip on the river below on a gabarre ( a trading vessel used to ship wine to Bordeaux seaport) then you can see Beynac from the river and listen to the multilingual headphone explanation of the history on the town and its river. Its also the most romantic place to propose to your loved one.

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