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One of the best-preserved and best-known castles in the region--and a location for films such as several films, including "Ever After" (1998) and "Chocolat" (2000)--Chateau de Beynac was built in the 12th century. Perched atop a limestone cliff for defensive purposes, it's been included on the French Ministry of Culture's Historic Monuments list since 1944. Restored in 1962 by Lucien Grosso, highlights include rich tapestries with scenes from the lives of the castle 's former medieval residents. Use our Beynac-et-Cazenac road trip site to visit Chateau de Beynac on your trip to Beynac-et-Cazenac, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Chateau de Beynac reviews
Authentic feudal medieval castle that one pays admission to and can walk thru ( there are handrails) and even use a self guided audio tour which is so so. Richard the Lion Hearted stayed here while..... more
Authentic feudal medieval castle that one pays admission to and can walk thru ( there are handrails) and even use a self guided audio tour which is so so. Richard the Lion Hearted stayed here while..... more »
Lovely interesting place to visit just wish more of the castle was open to the public. Only downside was the visitor toilets they were pretty grim and in need of a thorough clean. Let's the place down
Lovely interesting place to visit just wish more of the castle was open to the public. Only downside was the visitor toilets they were pretty grim and in need of a thorough clean. Let's the place down more »
Although it seems there is a chateau around every corner in this region we found this chateau to be something special. As part of our entrance fee we were given personal audio devices that not only have information on each room but also additional background information if one choose to listen that I found provided helpful additional context. The castle itself not only was in an impressive location high up the cliff above the river but inside one got a good sense of the additions over time as times changed and needs changed. As an aside it seems that every place we go in this region, King Richard the lionheart has been there before us and this castle was no exception. Well worth the visit!
Didn’t go INTO the chateaux, but walked all the way around it and up to the top of the hill in the village. Tough walk in the sun, definitely want to be wearing appropriate footwear, but we’ll worth it when at the top. Bring cash as most places prefer that, but there are a lot of small trinket shops and a few places to buy a drink or some food. Chateaux itself was wonderful to observe from the outside, the only reason we didn’t visit inside was due to a lack of cash, as mentioned above. Wonderful views over the Dordogne too!
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