Castles and manor houses in Dordogne Périgord

The Dordogne department: land of a thousand and one castles! In the Middle Ages, Aquitaine, and the Dordogne in particular, was a major area of conflict between France and England: the famous Hundred Years' War. The region was covered with more than a thousand fortified castles. Overlooking the Vézère valley or the Dordogne valley on rocky spurs, but also in Purple Périgord and White Périgord.

From fortified buildings to Renaissance palaces and fortified houses, come and discover the exceptional architectural heritage of the Périgord in a region steeped in history. Numerous châteaux are clustered around the medieval city of Sarlat la Canéda and close to some of France's most beautiful villages.

In this section, you will find our selection of the most beautiful châteaux in the Dordogne open to visitors.

Discover also remarkable gardens and religious monuments and priories...

Castle of Bourdeilles

Travelling through the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Built on a rocky outcrop, the Château de Bourdeilles features two exceptional buildings A 13th-century medieval fortress...

Le Bourg
Bourdeilles

Castle ofExcideuil

Fortress guarding the passage from Périgord to Limousin

Château d'Excideuil is located in the north-east of the Dordogne department in the green Périgord region. It is a fortress castle...

Excideuil

Castle of Hautefort

Château de Hautefort, experience the beauty!

Set on a rocky spur, Hautefort is an ancient medieval fortress transformed in the 17th century by the Marquis du...

Le Bourg
Hautefort

Château de Gageac

listed château, one of the most charming in the Bergerac region

In the 12th century, as a watchtower dependent on the Château de Duras, the Gageac stronghold consisted of a single keep...

Route du Château 1465
Gageac-et-Rouillac

Barrière Castle

A ruin in good condition

Château de Barrière dates back to 1312, and was built by the de Barrière family in the 13th century, with a keep surrounded by a moat...

Avenue Edouard Dupuy
Villamblard

Château de Beynac

The Dordogne's iconic medieval fortress

Château de Beynac is one of the best preserved and most famous castles in Périgord. It was built in the 12th century by...

Route du château
Beynac-et-Cazenac

Château de la Marthonie

Château de la Marthonie

Château de la Marthonie was first built in the 12th century. Destroyed during the Hundred Years' War, it was rebuilt...

Le Bourg
Saint-Jean-de-Côle

Château de Marzac

The first giant "Château Escape-Game" in a wild and majestic setting

Enter a totally private estate, open to the public for the first time in its history in summer 2020: Château de Marzac. This...

Tursac

Parc du Château de Campagne

Domaine de Campagne, park, arboretum and château

The park at Campagne, between Le Bugue, Saint Cyprien and les Eyzies-de-Tayac, is open all year round and free of charge (closed from...

Campagne

Château de Montreal

Renaissance castle, historic monument

Located 7 km from Mussidan, the elegant Château de Montréal overlooks the Crempse valley. It is a château from the...

Issac

Château de l'Herm

An autentic site, a marvel of flamboyant architecture

Château de l'Herm, a masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic architecture built between 1500 and 1520 by Jean de Calvimont, will be abandoned...

Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac

Château l'Evêque in Périgord

One of the thirty most beautiful castles in Périgord!

Château l'Evêque in Périgord was a fortress from the 11th century onwards, and the present château was built and remodeled in the 14th, 15th and 16th...

Rue du Château 14
Château-l'Évêque

Biron Castle

An exceptional stone giant!

Château de Biron, one of the 4 baronies of Périgord along with Beynac, Biron and Mareuil, boasts an impressive architectural ensemble. Aux...

Bourg
Biron

Château de Varaignes Musée des Tisserands

Weavers and Charentaise Workshop-Museum

Château de Varaignes was built in the 14th century and underwent many changes up to the 16th century. Left to its own devices, it...

Rue du Château
Varaignes

Castle of Monbazillac

A must for wine tourism in the Dordogne!

Enter a world of arts and aromas Overlooking the Dordogne valley, 10 minutes from Bergerac, the Château de Monbazillac...

Route du Château 4
Monbazillac

Château de Losse and its gardens

Château et Jardins de Losse, Renaissance in Périgord

Château et Jardins de Losse - Renaissance in Périgord Overlooking the Vézère river, Château de Losse is a splendid residence dating from plaisance...

Thonac

Château de Jumilhac

8 Centuries of History, Art and Architecture in Haut-Périgord

Just like Saint-Yrieix, 12 kilometers away, the Château de Jumilhac formed a defensive line on the Limousin-Périgord border during the...

Place du Château
Jumilhac-le-Grand

Château des Milandes

Josephine Baker's former home - Birds of prey show

A must-see in Dordogne Périgord! A visit to the Château des Milandes in Castelnaud is a marvellous immersion in castle life at...

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Maison Forte de Reignac

Troglodytic "cliff castle" unique in France, torture museum

The fortified house of Reignac has been preserved in exceptional condition since the 14th century and is entirely period...

Tursac

Château Le Paluel

medieval and renaissance castle

Its name may be foreign to you...but you probably already know it...in fact, Château le Paluel served as the setting for the...

Saint-Vincent-le-Paluel

Marqueyssac Gardens

Romantic, picturesque gardens overlooking the Dordogne - a masterpiece of topiary art

The gardens of Marqueyssac, perched on a rocky spur overlooking the Dordogne valley, offer you one of the most beautiful...

Vezac

Mareuil Castle

Seat of one of the four baronies of Périgord

Château de Mareuil is a medieval castle located in the Périgord Vert region, high above the town of Mareuil. Built in the Middle Ages,...

Rue du Château 27
Mareuil en Périgord

Castelnaud Castle

Medieval castle, museum of medieval warfare in the Dordogne

Château de Castelnaud dominates the Dordogne valley, facing Château de Beynac on the other side of the...

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle