Château de Castelnaud

Castelnaud castle is built on a rocky outcrop and offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Dordogne Valley.
With its collection of arms and armour, and full-scale reconstructions of war machines (mangonel, trébuchet, pierrière, bricole), you will learn about the art of warfare in the Middle Ages and certain aspects of the lifestyle of the Lords of Castelnaud, with the medieval-style garden and the furnished keep.
The trail for self-guided walks is dotted with signposts, multimedia boards, interactive terminals and mockups. In summer, guided tours on the theme of war in the Middle Ages are given in French, English and Dutch.
Castelnaud Castle, a Historical Monument, has housed the Medieval War Museum since 1985.
The museum features a large collection of polearms, swords, daggers, artillery pieces, defensive outfits, and more.... The deliberately simple layout highlights the collections and provides detailed explanations of how arms and armour were made and used. How the fortifications and siege techniques have evolved is also explained in a slide show, films, and video games available to the public.

> The Medieval War Museum
Outside: The war machines that were used to attack castles have been faithfully reconstructed – various hurling machines such as the bricole, pierrière, trebuchet and bombarde...
Inside the museum: the artillery room, the great hall, the keep’s lower hall, the arms room, the keep’s upper hall, the mockups room, the armourer’s workshop.

Medieval shop/bookstore open all year round, tavern in high season.



Winter holidays:
Kids aged from 3 to 12 can try on armour and lady of the manor dresses. From February 13th to March the 3rd (except weekends).

Spring Holidays
Sword fighting lessons for kids aged between 5 and14: from April 2nd to May 1st (except Saturday and Sunday mornings)
“Face to face with a crossbowman from the Hundred Years War”: from April 2nd to May 1st (except Saturday and Sunday mornings)
Blacksmithing demonstration: from April 3rd to May 1st (except Sundays)

May and June
Face to face with a crossbowman from the Hundred Years War: from May 6th to the 8th and from the 25th to the 28th and from June 3rd to the 5th

Summer Holidays:
A weapon handling show: from July 10th to August 27th (except Saturdays)
Blacksmithing demonstration: from July 10th to September 1st (except August 5th, Saturday afternoons and Sundays)
Presenting the equipment of a crossbowman from the Hundred Years War: from July 9th to August 27th (only on Sundays)
Night-time show “Investigate!”: from July 17th to August 24th (only from Mondays to Thursdays on reservation)
Catapult demonstration: July 1st to September 1st (except Sundays)

All Saints Holiday
“A garrison at Castelnaud”: on October 28th and 29th.
Children aged between 3 and 12 can try on armour and lady of the manor dresses. From October 22nd to November 3rd. (except October 28th and 29th).
Face to face with a crossbowman from the Hundred Years War: from October 22nd to November 3rd (except Saturdays)
Blacksmithing demonstration: from October 23rd to November 3rd (except Sundays)

Christmas Holidays
Flavours and medieval cuisine: from December 26th to the 30th.



24250 Castelnaud la Chapelle
Tél. 05 53 31 30 00 - Fax 05 53 28 94 94



Self-guided walks let you explore the château at your own pace. You will discover a vast collection of arms and armour, some 250 pieces, from all over Europe. Designed to be educational, the museum walk is dotted with audiovisual aids, video games and mockups. Outside, the most powerful medieval siege machines (mangonels, trebuchets, bombardes...) have been reconstructed. The medieval garden makes a pleasant way to finish your visit. A tour leaflet in 10 languages (free of charge) is available at the entrance to the château.

In addition to the self-guided walks, outdoor guided tours help you learn more about military architecture and the art of warfare in the Middle Ages. The tour explains how siege techniques evolved, with the help of five reconstructed medieval war machines. The tour can also be enhanced with a trebuchet demonstration (1/3 scale version) operated by the guide, or a crossbow (that everyone can try shooting).


Open daily all year round.
February, March and Oct to 11 Nov: 10am to 6pm – April, May, June and Sept: 10am to 7pm
July and August: from 9am to 8pm (Investigation-show at 8.15pm and 10pm every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings)
From 12 Nov to end Jan: 2pm to 5pm
Christmas holidays: 10am to 5pm
Last admission 1 hour before closing.
Self-guided walk takes 1 to 1.5 hours.