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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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Great visit for kids of all ages

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... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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.

Thank CatherineKEdmonton
Paris, France
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 

Thank AAL2005
Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank galiabiran
Perth, Australia
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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230 reviews
146 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank rob2269
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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.

Thank Shelleyjolie
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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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 26 December 2016

Although on a much smaller scale than its near neighbour and historical foe Chateau Beynac, this chateau is very much better fitted out as a collection of implements of war. Overall it is a very impressive and convincing display and certainly conveys a clear and compelling view of warfare at that time. The life of a foot soldier must have... More 

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Long Beach, CA
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Reviewed 6 November 2016

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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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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