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“Perfect follow on to a market visit”
Review of Chateau de Duras

Chateau de Duras
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Duras
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Chateau de Duras is surprising fortress in the fourteenth century before transforming into a Renaissance Pleasure remains and suffer the horrors of the French Revolution and eventually deteriorate the course of time before the town of Duras decides not to save its heritage of certain ruin. Free tour, free audio-guided tour, tour seduced you by this castle that has crossed the times and whose stone has preserved traces. The huge kitchen with fagots Cents, the surprising secrets to room heard many confessions without ever disclosing the hall of oak timbers with its inverted hull model, the Italian loggia of the Renaissance courtyard, the impressive reception room called the Three Marshals and the apartments of the Duchess Castle ... a visit can be complete without climbing the tower offering a 360 ° panoramic view over the Dropt valley and his hundred before enjoying walking one last time to view via the unique Coursieres balconies in France. Animations, audio-visual rooms, exhibitions, museum of rural and agricultural world used to complete the tour of the Castle, to have a good time and everyone can find his interest!
Cheshire
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48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Perfect follow on to a market visit”
Reviewed May 17, 2014

Beautiful sleepy town with this fantastic chateau - the children love it and the views are spectacular

Visited May 2014
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Fantastic views from the top.”
Reviewed April 27, 2014

We went here when visiting my parents who live just out of Duras. For the majority of the time we were the only ones in the chateau so it was quite scary but added to the experience of being in a very old building. We found it very informative and almost everything was in French and English. The steep walk up the top of the tower is definitely worth it for the stunning panoramic views over Duras and the surrounding areas. It was 7 Euros each to get in and only took us about an hour and 15 to look round everything. Nice way to spend a morning and then have a cheeky beer in the town afterwards.

Visited April 2014
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London
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45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“The Pride of Duras”
Reviewed March 14, 2014

Duras is a very lovely town in the Lot et Garonne, it is a lively place with lots going on especially during the summer and at it's heart is the beautiful Chateau. Once left to decay it is now owned buy the Commune of Duras who have invested money, time and traditional skills into the renovation and development of the building as a visitor destination. The Chateau is most certainly worth a visit with the most charming medieval courtyard and the fascinating whispering room along with many other spaces to explore.
The chateau plays host to countless events throughout the year which the locals support whole-heartedly and attract hundreds of visitors too. The final night of the Fete de Madeliene in July sees the building illuminated by a spectacular firework display.
The work of renovation continues and the dedication to further improving the visitor experience is evident.
It is obvious to see why to town is so proud of it's Chateau.
Check out the Pays du Duras website to find details of events.

Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Interesting but slightly weird”
Reviewed February 12, 2014

On a cold February day I was the only visitor - and was slightly disappointed to discover that most of it had been rebuilt since the 1970s, when it was bought by the Commune of Duras. Before then it had been left to decay and the main roof had fallen in and the place used as a building site. Most of the architecture is therefore not totally authentic. Down in the old kitchens they have rigged up an audio-visual experience. The one bit that was very poor was the display about the French Revolution, which was rubbish, with fashion mannequins sporting some re-creations of contemporary dress, but absolutely no real explanation of the events. The view from the one remaining tower is not to be missed.

Visited February 2014
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Glossop, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“a wonderful restoration in progress”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

We visited the. chateau for the first time yesterday. The. chateau is being restored in a sympathetic and accurate manner. the receptionist was very helpful giving us a detailed map to follow and an English tour transcription. Arrangements can be made for you to have a personal tour guide. We enjoyed visiting the various rooms showing an accurate account of days gone by, and also some surprises in the bakery!!! There are superb views from the tower and worth the climb to take some really good photos. we finished the tour by visiting the gift shop. A Tearoom would have been handy as it was a warm afternoon.
well worth a visit to see the history of the Chateau.

Visited September 2013
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