Château de Beynac
Château de Beynac
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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 at the times of Richard the Lionheart and Aliénor of Aquitaine. Recently “The Last Duel” was directed by Ridley Scott with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Adam Driver and Jodie Comer was shot at Chateau de Beynac. Open every day - All year In July and August: Open from 9AM til 8PM. Last departure at 7PM. Enjoy your visit at Beynac, the most emblematic Fortress of the Perigord! Bonne visite!
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  • APennyforthem
    Ireland149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Richard's house is awesome
    We went to visit Richard The Lionhearts House. It is an absolute treasure from start to finish. A carpark makes this very easy to drive to however the walk up to the chateau is strenuous on a hot day. Don't wear high heels or flip flops, they won't be your friend. Once at the summit the views over the Dordogne River are breathtaking from every angle. The admissions charge is good value as there is alot to see nd do. Inside the chateau is so beautifully restored and is obviously a labour of love. We enjoyed every minute of our day and would highly recommend this tourist attraction in a beautiful location
    Thank you so much for your very kind comments. You are right, the restoration that is currently taking place at “Le Chateau de Beynac” is truly an act of passion and dedication. The entire team of the most authentic feudal fortress of the Périgord, The team of Le Chateau de Beynac thanks you very much for your visit and wishes you a great holiday in the Perigord!
    Written August 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Steve L
    London, United Kingdom77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    We had only parked by the river to look for a riverside walk, which wasn’t there, but when we looked up at the Chateau thought we’d see if we could make the walk up the hill. Just about made it and so glad we did. The history running through the building is truly amazing as is the way the building has been preserved. The audio guide available on smart phones via a QR code brought everything to life….one of the best guides we have experienced. We spent over two hours and came away stunned by what we had learnt, and seen, particularly the views over the surrounding countryside.
    Thank you so much for your comments! It means so much to our entire team! So glad you made it to the chateau! Yes the climb is quite steep! Next time you can drive all the way to the top of the village and there is a parking at the top, next to the entrance of Le château de Beynac! Enjoy the rest of your trip!
    Written September 21, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 19, 2023
  • familytravel4x4
    Liphook, United Kingdom622 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing castle with views to match
    The castle is amazing and the whole experience is enhanced by the ability to down load a guide to your smart phone via a QR code - a near idea that worked very well. Lots to see indoors and the views from terraces and the keep are fabulous. We spent a very enjoyable two hours immersing ourself in French/English history. Wonderful.
    The entire team of Le château de Beynac thanks you for your very kind and thoughtful comments. Yes, a visit thanks to a QR code works really well and all of our visitors are so happy with the freedom it allows. I am not surprised you stayed for 2 hours! Enjoy the rest of your stay in the Perigord!
    Written October 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
  • EC13091
    Ellicott City, Maryland1,484 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most complete small Medieval castles in Europe
    This is one of the most complete small Medieval castles in Europe, and is worth a detour. Its strategic location above the Dordogne is immediately apparent. We parked at the foot of town in P1 and walked the steep incline to the Chateau. Others drove the narrow streets but my rental SUV would have have had a hard time fitting. Note: look for other ways to get to Chateau Parking. We paid 23 Euro for two to enter and at first I thought that was expensive, but it was in fact a bargain. There is much to see. The exhibit on Eleanor of Aquitaine and her son, Richard the Lionheart, was excellent. The public rooms of the caste are great. You get a better understanding of life in a medieval castle by visiting. There is also a Renaissance staircase and rooms adorned in Renaissance style. See the great hall, the kitchen and everything else as you tour. The walls and ramparts of the castle are intact and thanks to renovations over the past 20 years, it’s remarkably intact. I expected we’d stay a few minutes but instead we stayed well over an hour.
    Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a long and very kind comment. The entire team of Le château de Beynac is absolutely thrilled to know that you have really enjoyed your visit. We are all really passionate about what we do and to read your message gives us even more energy to carry on with the restoration work at Le château de Beynac. Enjoy the rest of your holidays in the Perigord!
    Written October 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 18, 2023
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Intlxpatr
Pensacola, FL1,628 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
If your time is limited and you can choose only one fortified castle, it's a touch choice. Castlenaud has that fabulous display of medieval weaponry, but Beynac has been thoughtfully restored so that those who tour can easily imagine the cost of feudal rivalries as men sought to capture the castle and defend the castle. Castles changed hands all the time.

Beynac is impressive. First, its location atop a steep cliff. Second, it's architecture, with sheer, high, easily defended walls. The interior is impressive, with King Richard the Lionhearted's room, terraces with an almost 360 degree view of the Dordogne, gathering rooms, a chapel, a kitchen which helps you see just what it would take to prepare meals to feed those inhabiting and defending this castle.

I recommend Beynac because most of us have romantic ideas about what it would be like to live in a castle, and Beynac shows you how difficult and primitive that life would be, even if you were lucky enough to be born noble.
Written January 4, 2020
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APennyforthem
Ireland149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We went to visit Richard The Lionhearts House. It is an absolute treasure from start to finish. A carpark makes this very easy to drive to however the walk up to the chateau is strenuous on a hot day. Don't wear high heels or flip flops, they won't be your friend. Once at the summit the views over the Dordogne River are breathtaking from every angle. The admissions charge is good value as there is alot to see nd do. Inside the chateau is so beautifully restored and is obviously a labour of love. We enjoyed every minute of our day and would highly recommend this tourist attraction in a beautiful location
Written August 19, 2023
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Thank you so much for your very kind comments. You are right, the restoration that is currently taking place at “Le Chateau de Beynac” is truly an act of passion and dedication. The entire team of the most authentic feudal fortress of the Périgord, The team of Le Chateau de Beynac thanks you very much for your visit and wishes you a great holiday in the Perigord!
Written August 23, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

marcopolopaloalto
Palo Alto, CA1,144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
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 fighting during the Third crusade. It’s located on high above Perigold and situated on stunning cliffs.

It’s a must.
Gift shop at the end mostly for children with reasonable priced knights costumes, wooden swords and shields.
Written March 6, 2023
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zila w
St. Augustine, FL149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
it's huge and imposing structure overlooking the valley and the river. The audio guide describes the background of the Chateau. It is very authentic, yet includes furnishing as they were used almost 1000 years ago.
Written July 16, 2022
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EC13091
Ellicott City, MD1,484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is one of the most complete small Medieval castles in Europe, and is worth a detour. Its strategic location above the Dordogne is immediately apparent.

We parked at the foot of town in P1 and walked the steep incline to the Chateau. Others drove the narrow streets but my rental SUV would have have had a hard time fitting. Note: look for other ways to get to Chateau Parking.

We paid 23 Euro for two to enter and at first I thought that was expensive, but it was in fact a bargain. There is much to see. The exhibit on Eleanor of Aquitaine and her son, Richard the Lionheart, was excellent. The public rooms of the caste are great. You get a better understanding of life in a medieval castle by visiting. There is also a Renaissance staircase and rooms adorned in Renaissance style. See the great hall, the kitchen and everything else as you tour.

The walls and ramparts of the castle are intact and thanks to renovations over the past 20 years, it’s remarkably intact. I expected we’d stay a few minutes but instead we stayed well over an hour.
Written October 18, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a long and very kind comment. The entire team of Le château de Beynac is absolutely thrilled to know that you have really enjoyed your visit. We are all really passionate about what we do and to read your message gives us even more energy to carry on with the restoration work at Le château de Beynac. Enjoy the rest of your holidays in the Perigord!
Written October 19, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

kiwipom
Hamilton, New Zealand20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The only good thing about this place are the stunning views.
The entry price is exorbitant and really adds up for families with children.
There are no genuine artifacts on display, only props.
Very poor accessibility for disabled/elderly. 
There is also a serious issue with the main car park outside the castle. Despite the ticket machines not working, we were ticketed €50 and told if we want to contest the charge, we have to attend court in Beynac! Hardly practical or fair, especially as we don't live in the region.
Parking should be free and included with the entry price.
I wouldn't recommend this place until they sort the parking issue out.
Written October 17, 2023
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Sorry to hear you had such a poor experience. To set the record straight: The parkings are managed by the «Mairie » (the city hall) of Beynac-and-Cazenac not the castle. Following your comments please find the current prices for the visit of the chateau de Beynac: 11.50 per adult FREE for children Under 10. This gives you access not only to the fortress itself but also to the current exhibition on the Life of Aliénor d’Aquitaine and Richard the Lionheart. Free audioguide. One to two hours worth of visit. Enjoy the rest of your stay in our beautiful Perigord!
Written October 19, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Steve L
London, UK77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We had only parked by the river to look for a riverside walk, which wasn’t there, but when we looked up at the Chateau thought we’d see if we could make the walk up the hill. Just about made it and so glad we did. The history running through the building is truly amazing as is the way the building has been preserved. The audio guide available on smart phones via a QR code brought everything to life….one of the best guides we have experienced. We spent over two hours and came away stunned by what we had learnt, and seen, particularly the views over the surrounding countryside.
Written September 19, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you so much for your comments! It means so much to our entire team! So glad you made it to the chateau! Yes the climb is quite steep! Next time you can drive all the way to the top of the village and there is a parking at the top, next to the entrance of Le château de Beynac! Enjoy the rest of your trip!
Written September 21, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

docko1
Chicago, IL88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Unlike, say, Commarque, which is still only partially standing, Beynac is intact and well cared for. This fortified chateau is beautifully situated above the river, with spectacular views, even on to other such wonderful buildings. We spend two great hours there and learned a lot. Also, I'm devoted to small Romanesque churches, and the one at Beynac, perched on the edge of a precipice, is terrific.
Written January 27, 2020
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familytravel4x4
Liphook, UK622 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The castle is amazing and the whole experience is enhanced by the ability to down load a guide to your smart phone via a QR code - a near idea that worked very well. Lots to see indoors and the views from terraces and the keep are fabulous. We spent a very enjoyable two hours immersing ourself in French/English history. Wonderful.
Written October 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
The entire team of Le château de Beynac thanks you for your very kind and thoughtful comments. Yes, a visit thanks to a QR code works really well and all of our visitors are so happy with the freedom it allows. I am not surprised you stayed for 2 hours! Enjoy the rest of your stay in the Perigord!
Written October 19, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

nemesisofpop
London, UK1,153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
This is like a film set! In fact I am sure it has been used as such. The Dordogne valley is stunning and is liberally dotted with castles. The views from the top, perched as it is at the top of a hill on the side of the valley, overlooking the looping river, are spectacular. This was, along with the surrounding area, was a great place to spend a day. In summer it was also roasting hot!
Written January 9, 2021
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