Welcome to Combrand Castle
The Castle of Combrand: a medieval Castrum
Overlooking the Beune Valley, The Castle of Combrand was built in order to protect the Benedictine abbey of Sarlat at the end of the 12th century. At first it is a simple wooden tower perched on top of the cliff. Gradually the place extends, with the building of House Tower and a chapel. From the 14th century onwards, as the Beynac family became mistress of the place, the wooden dungeon was replaced by a stone dungeon, several times enhanced and occupied by the Lords of Beynac.
Thereafter, several towers, each accompanied by a dwelling are built and occupied by lineages of small nobility such as the Commark, the Cendrieux or the Gondrix.
In turn taken by the English during the Hundred Years War, then caught in the tumult of the Wars of religion, the site is gradually abandoned after the death of his last squire Guy de Beynac in 1656 to be completely deserted in the 18th century. Little by Little, the castle falls into ruins.
In 1972, the Château de Commarque was bought by Hubert de Commarque who began the rescue of the site, which was completely covered with vegetation and in a state of advanced decay.
Accompanied by the administration of historical monuments, consolidation and restoration work helped to save the elevations that threatened to collapse and little by little the castle regains its splendour.
At the same time, an archaeological excavation program is being conducted to enrich knowledge about the life of the Castrum and its organization in the Middle Ages.
The prehistoric era
Beneath the foot of the cliff is a treasure of parietal art: the engravings of the cave of Commarquez. These were discovered on 9 August 1915 by Abbé Breuil, Mr. Pierre Paris (then owner of the Château de Beyssac) and his sons who explored the cavities of the region.
34 engravings have been counted, including a magnificent horse carved in low relief and numerous anthropomorphic figures: pregnant woman, female profiles, etc...
The cave was declared a historic monument on February 11, 1924. Its access is not open to the visit for reasons of conservation and configuration but you can discover the prehistoric cave of Commarquez through a photo exhibition (with the assistance of the National Museum of Prehistory and the International pole of Prehistory) and a video film screened in the Great Dungeon Room.
The castle of Commarquez today.
The site is now open to visit, the visit is carried out freely or well guided by an experienced professional guide.
Guided tours in French or English or open tours with booklet available in 6 languages.
Guided tour included in entry ticket during school holidays and holiday weekends (4 per day): 11am, 2pm, 3.30 pm and 5:00 pm. (excluding April/July/August on reservation)
1 reserved bus parking with turning area
Picnic areas outdoors and sheltered
Souvenir shop, hot and cold drinks and snacks
Seminar spaces for meetings with fully equipped rooms
During your visit you will discover:
– The prehistoric cave of Commarquez through a photo exhibition and a video film projected in the Great dungeon Room.
– Troglodyte habitats developed
– The medieval castrum and the Romanesque dungeon that dominates the Beune valley.
In addition, you will be able to participate in workshops and animations related to the different periods of the site.
6 workshops led by professionals are included in the ticket during school holidays and public holidays:
– Archery (Tuesday and Sunday 3pm – 6pm)
– Parietal route (Monday and Thursday 3pm – 6pm)
– Medieval Geometry (Wednesday 3pm – 6pm)
– Stone Carving (Friday 3pm – 6pm)
– Medieval Calligraphy (Saturday 3pm – 6pm)
- New workshop: "Draw me your coat of arms!" : The Commanding Herald welcomes you to his introductory heraldic workshop. Anecdotes and knowledge about the meaning of the coat of arms will be revealed to you so that you can create your own coats of arms, such as lords, ladies and knights of the Middle Ages.
Combrand Discovery Game
During the whole season, a quiz game and crosswords related to the different periods of habitation with the site are offered free of charge to the visitors of the site. A gift is offered on the spot to the winners.
New products for 2020 at Château de Commarque
Discovery of the universe of feudalism and chivalry
Each year, we wish to present to our visitors the results of the historical and scientific research carried out on the site.
This year, you are invited to discover the chivalrous universe at the Château de Commarque thanks to the presentation of the rites, the code of honour of chivalry and much more! By surprising the dialogues of the personalities of yesteryear, we offer you an immersion in their time, you will be introduced to the knowledge of knights, heralds and trobaïritz, all gathered in honour of the lady and the lord of the place, during the preparation of a great event ! Let their voices guide you and your trip to the Middle Ages will be all the more captivating!
Nature and biodiversity trail in the valley at the foot of the Château de Commarque
The Commarque Valley, a breathtaking green setting, is in fact a remarkable biosphere area with its Natura 2000, ZNIEFF and Grand site classifications. Here, in this part of the Grande Beune valley, there are species that are found nowhere else, such as our marsh cows, which have been reintroduced into their natural habitat. You can recharge your batteries in the fresh woods or near the millennial spring. This year, the students of the Chamber of Agriculture have created a nature and biodiversity trail to highlight the abundant fauna and flora around the Commarque site.
Agenda of the Château de Commarque 2020: special events
- Sunday 12 and Monday 13 April - Easter at Commarque: Great 2-day egg hunt.
- Friday 12th June - Châteaux en Fête: "ton escutcheon" workshop, guided tour and treasure hunt.
- Sunday 26 July - La Médiévale de Commarque: A great medieval festival with demonstrations, workshops, dances, games and games. Information on our website and social networks.
- July / August - Medieval Murder Party at night: Every Monday evening between July 15 and August 17 and Wednesday evening August 4 and 11. By reservation only. Information on our website and by phone.
Access/visit for disabled and disabled people
The peculiarity of the site of Combrand does not allow people in situations of Motor handicap to visit the castle. Following a signs indicated from the main car park, disabled and handicapped visitors can access by car to the entrance to the site where their parking spaces are reserved.
The private part of the castle located in the valley is accessible free of charge to anyone with handicap or mobility impairment who can enjoy a magnificent viewpoint on the castle of Commarque and the castle of Laussel. We offer a simplified tour booklet.
Adult: 8.80 euros
Student: 7 euros
13-17 years old: 5.5 euros
6-12 years old: 4.5 euros
-6 years old: free of charge
Group rates (from 20 people):
Adult group: 7.8 euros
Student group: 6 euros
Group 13-17 years old: 5 euros
Group 6-12 years old: 4 euros
Track game: entrance fee + 2 euros
Onsite dining: snacking, drinks, ice cream, sandwich formulas
Lord formula (sandwiches of choice, chips or dessert, drink) at 7.90
Knight formula (sandwiches of choice, drink, chips or dessert) at 6.50
Grand Sandwich $4.8
Small Sandwich $3.5
Dates and Times
Open from April 1 to November 1, 2020
April, May, June: 11am-7pm
1-19 Sept: 11am-7pm
20-30 Sept: 1pm - 6pm
1-16 Oct: 1pm-6pm
17 Oct - 1 Nov (All Saints' Day): 11am-6pm
Last entrance 1 hour before closing.
Free shaded Parking
Located 600 m from the site.
You take a path laid out in the woods and discover the magic of the site step by step.
The Chateau de Commarque, from 11am to 7pm, embark on the adventure of the golden egg quest! The golden eggs of the Lord were lost in the Castle! Help us find them. Explore the castrum of prehistoric times until the middle ages and find the eggs hidden there. Among them are the golden eggs. Find them, you will be worthily rewarded by the Lord of Commarque. And for the greedy of good chocolate eggs await you!
The egg hunt is included in the price of the ticket.