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 were counted with notably a magnificent horse carved in bas relief and numerous figures anthropomorphic: 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.
Free tour with booklet 6 languages throughout the season.
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)
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.
5 Professional-led workshops are included in the ticket the school holidays and holiday weekends:
– 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)
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.
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.
Individual rates 2019
- Adults: $8.80
- Young people aged 13 to 17: 5
- Children ages 6 to 12: $4
- Children-6 years: Free
Track game: 2
BILLETS PAIRED ENTRÉE - GAME OF PIST
- Adults: $10.80
- Students: $8.50
- Young people (13 - 17 years old): $7.00
- Children (6 - 12 years old): $6.00
(20 or more people)
Rate per person
- Adults: $7.5
- 13 to 17 years old: 5
- 6 to 12 years old: 4 euros / 3 euros (school groups of the department)
Guided tour and workshops:
Guided tour package (20 to 40 people): 55 euros per group
School guided tour package (per 25 students maximum): 55 euros outside the department / 44 euros for the Dordogne department - individual entrance fees at the group rate
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
Every day from April 01 to November 3, 2019
May, June: 11am-7pm
July, August: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
September: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
October + Toussaint: 11am-6pm
Last visit 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.