France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Castelnaud, Dordogne, France
Just along the river from its traditional rival Beynac, Castelnaud's restored château recalls medieval times.




If you are interested in medieval warfare and arms, then Château de Castelnaud, 5 km (3 miles) south of Beynac along the Dordogne River (map) is the place for you!

Exhibits include catapults and battering rams, as well as a huge variety of weapons and armor.

Models and audiovisual presentations explain how attacks were executed and defended.

Dating to the 13th century, this fortress château figured prominently in the history of the region as far back as the Albigensian Crusade in the 1200s.

During the Hundred Years War, Castelnaud was aligned with the British, and was often in battle with nearby Beynac, which was loyal to the French crown.

The château has been restored many times over the centuries. It is privately owned and recognized as a historic monument. A visit highlights the medieval structure, and the hilltop location offers splendid views of Beynac and the Dordogne Valley.

The small town of Castelnaud sits at the foot of the château. Castelnaud is also home to a walnut museum, in honor of the walnut's importance to the region.

You can rent canoes in Castelnaud and enjoy paddling on the Dordogne.

Though usually referred to as Castelnaud, the complete name of the town is Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, to distinguish it from other Castelnauds in France.

A visit to Castelnaud can easily be combined with Beynac, La Roque-Gageac, or Domme, all within 10 kilometers (6 miles). Castelnaud is also only 13 kilometers (8 miles) from Sarlat.

About Beynac

What to See and Do in Beynac

About Sarlat

About La Roque-Gageac

About Domme

About the Dordogne


Serene - a novel of the Belle Epoque


Château de Castelnaud, Dordogne, France

Above, Château de Castelnaud, Dordogne, France.

Below, Canoers on the Dordogne.

Canoers on the Dordogne, France

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