The Château de Castelnaud, officially listed as an Historic Site in 1966, stands high over the Dordogne valley, with magnificent views of the châteaux of Beynac and Marqueyssac and the medieval village of La Roque-Gageac.
Open to the public since 1985, this one-time fortress is now given over entirely to displaying the art of warfare in the Middle Ages. Inside, it has a unique private collection of arms and armour, as well as furniture from the period; outside, you will find reconstructions of war machines, such as siege catapults, in actual size. These are reinforced by models and videos, explaining a medieval château’s different methods of attack and defence.
The château, owned by the Rossillon family, has been brought back to life by three large-scale restoration programmes. Today, it attracts more than 220,000 visitors a year, of whom 20,000 are schoolchildren.