Château de Marqueyssac park is one of the most beautiful successes in the history of French gardens.
Designed for strolling through, perched on high limestone cliffs overlooking the Dordogne Valley it offers the most beautiful panorama in Périgord.
South-facing, sheltered from the prevailing winds and benefiting from the heat accumulated by the rock in even the faintest sunshine, the Cliff Walk at the Marqueyssac Gardens is very popular right through the winter.
A classified site, Marqueyssac’s romantic and picturesque gardens offer more than six kilometres of sheltered walks, bordered by 150,000 hundred-year-old hedges trimmed by hand and enhanced by scenic lookouts, rockeries, watercourses and open-air theatres. The Dordogne scenic lookout 130 metres above the river gives an exceptional view of the entire valley, its châteaux and the most beautiful villages in France.
The park is arranged for self-guided walks. Information boards explain the history of the valley and its fauna and flora. Guided tours (in French and English) are also available as an option at no extra charge between April and September.
Playgrounds, swings, seesaws and play sheds – Woodturning workshops in high season – Aviary – Shop/Bookstore
Tearoom and restaurant in the château and on the panoramic terrace from April to November.
WOW! What an occasion: the skeleton of the Allosaurus KAN is on display in the Nature Pavilion!
- Woodturning workshop: open from April to November 1st depending on scheduling.
- The great Easter egg hunt (registration required) on Sunday, April 1st and Monday, April 2nd in the afternoon: egg decorating workshops, introduction to woodturning, introduction to climbing
- Via Ferrata from April 16th to November 1st depending on scheduling. A cliff-side acrobatic circuit.
- Sunday, June 3rd: An event in the gardens: activities for children (“Petits Curieux de Nature” workshop), Via Ferrata, an exhibit of ephemeral plant sculptures and a boxwood trimming demonstration.
- Candle-lit evenings on Saturday, June 2nd and every Thursday evening in July and August, from 7 p.m. to midnight. A night-time stroll lit by 2,000 candles, with 4 musical attractions, workshops and shows for children.
- “Petits Curieux de Nature” DIY workshops: Easter and All Saints’ Day holidays, weekends and holidays in May, and every day in July and August.
- Introduction to climbing on the site’s outfitted cliffs (reserved for children over 6): every morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in July and August, except Saturdays.
- Game booklet for children 7 and up: free.