Surrounding area • Castles and fortified houses

Château de Castelnaud

The art of war in the Middle Ages

Château de Castelnaud

Listed as a Historic Monument, the Château de Castelnaud is entirely devoted to the art of warfare in the Middle Ages. You’ll discover an impressive collection of weapons and armour (and even a big surprise!). Some of the implements of war have even been recreated in life size, such as the great tower crossbow, the bombard or the different types of trebuchets. A number of highly instructive models and audiovisuals help visitors to understand the different ways in which a castle was attacked and defended in medieval times.

Château de Castelnaud offers a wide range of activities during the school holidays, all of which are sure to delight your children: a storytelling show, a demonstration of blacksmithing, trebuchet firing and blacksmithing, a sword-fighting lesson and an armour fitting.

The Château is open every day of the year and tours are free; a tour booklet translated into 10 languages is available.

And don’t forget: you can combine your visit to the château with that of the Jardins de Marqueyssac, just opposite, at a discounted price.

We visited it for you ! Distance from La Barde: 20 minutes

Castelnaud is a typical fortified castle in the South West of France. Do you love the Middle Ages or the art of war? Then this is the castle for you! It’s a visit we suggest to the families we welcome, because children love it. It’s also a great way to spend a day discovering a typical château and one of the most beautiful gardens in Périgord.