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“Wonderful fortress-style chateau”
Review of Chateau de Beynac

Chateau de Beynac
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Half day Tour of The Villages of the Dordogne
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Owner description: 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. Open all year, every day. From april until october, guided visit (in French) included in the ticket price. Departures every 30 minutes from 10 AM to 12 AM and from 2 PM to 6:30 PM Last departure 6:30 PM. Enjoy your visit at Beynac, the most emblematic Fortress of the Perigord!
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Regina, Canada
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19 reviews
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“Wonderful fortress-style chateau”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

Touring Chateau de Beynac over looking the town of Beynac was very rewarding. We walked from the bottom of the valley through the town up to the top of the cliff where the Chateau is perched with a commanding view of the countryside. It is a gorgeous fortress chateau, but the long, steep walk is more of a badge of courage, rather than a necessity. For those who are not in great shape, do not have good walking shoes on, or just want easier access, we would advise driving up the road behind Beynac to the parking lot at back of the Chateau. The medieval town of Beynac is, nevertheless, delightful to walk through, and you will come across some great little shops on the walk up to the Chateau.

Visited July 2013
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Moscow, Russia
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“One of the best of ancient castles”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

I have been in this area many times and each time found time to visit the castle. Since it offers a beautiful view of the valley of the Dordogne. Opposite the entrance there is a great cafe with a view of the castle, especially at sunset. Around the castle there are many view points with a stunning view of the castle and the Dordogne.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Benyac Chateau, Dordogne – “Proper” Castle – Stunning!”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Set on top of a very picturesque medieval village (steep climbing, beautiful climb), Benyac castle is everything one would expect to see in a castle / chateau.

Wonderful rooms with some period artefacts. Most interesting were the tables with the slots at the end, to hold the swords slotted in at each side. Nice kitchen, I loved every stone in this castle!

Small entry fee, park either at the village below or drive to the Chateau’s parking. Privately owned by an elderly lady who lives above the gate.

Visited October 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Worth it for the Views”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

As a castle, this is rather ordinary stuff. It is utterly solid and remarkably well preserved despite its birth in the first two decades of the 12th Century. Architecturally, its conformation shows it to be brilliantly designed as a defensive bastion. Although restoration work continues, it does not greatly interfere with access to the main parts of the fortress. The dungeons in the lowest level is somewhat terrifying, but climbing upwards, you reach various living quarters that may have been quite comfortable when fully inhabited. Unfortunately, they are rather bare. Several rooms are decorated with some ancient fading tapestries, and the occasional piece of 16th Century furniture adds some interest. Most remarkable for me was a 13th Century fresco of the Last Supper that was still surprisingly intact after all those centuries. But none of this would make it worthwhile for anyone to make a visit when there are so many other competing sites in this amazing region. The main reason to do so is for the incredible views southwards over the Dordogne valley that can be had from this site. Approaching it on the road that links Sarlat and Bergerac, it stand on a towering cliff that dominates the village of Beynac below. Look out for the sign to the Chateau and its parking lots from the main road, and expect a rather tortuous journey to the top. The nearby cafe and restaurant offer affordable food of average quality, but the toilets that are outside the chateau are not easy to find, so ask when you buy your ticket.

Visited October 2013
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Limoges, France
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“To be earned”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

You won't be able to park near the castle unless you've got a disabled parking badge. The car park at the bottom of the village is packed from 8am til 8 pm. A nightmare. If you manage to park your car, you then climb the narrow streets to the top of the castle. The high street is OK but the tiny medieval side streets are cobbled and very, very slippery. Take care not to break a bone. The castle is privately owned and well furnished. The souvenir shops around are a bit expensive. The view once you get there is one in a million. It has to be done but I wouldn't recommend it with elderly people or Young children. There's a "village gaulois" on the way up, top of the high street. This is great for children. They will like it more than the castle.

Visited August 2013
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