Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
The Belvedere of the Dordogne
The most beautiful panoramas of Périgord
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.
⁃ O’Galop exhibition, designer of the MICHELIN man
⁃ New film “Secrets of gardeners”: screened in the gardeners’ workshop (former kitchen of the castle), the film takes you to meet the topiary know-how and our everyday artists, who have the art and the way to shape the splendor of these gardens.
> SELF-GUIDED WALKS
The park is dotted with comprehensive information boards to help you fully enjoy your park visit. The attractively illustrated messages explain the flora, fauna, geography and history of the Dordogne Valley.
> GUIDED TOURS APRIL TO SEPTEMBER
In addition of self-guided walks, guided tours are also available outside the Château that give you a good basis for understanding the Marqueyssac site.
> DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION “Les jardins de Marqueyssac“ !
With your smartphone or tablet you can stage the walks for a fun and original discovery of the gardens and views: augmented reality, geolocation, mini-games and factsheets.
Visit “Discovering the hidden inhabitants of Marqueyssac”: unlock the secrets of the eagle owl, the cicada or the box tree moth (winter and spring holidays, long weekends in May and June and autumn holidays ).
Woodturner’s workshop: from April to November.
Sunday 17 and Monday 18 April afternoon: great Easter egg hunt (registration required on marqueyssac.com), egg decorating workshops, making an Easter basket, climbing, Via Ferrata.
Via Ferrata, acrobatic course on the cliff (reserved for children over 8 years old and over 1.30 m) from April 17 to November 13.
1st Sunday in June: Meet in the gardens: “Petits Curieux de Nature” workshop, Via Ferrata and boxwood pruning demonstration.
Candlelit evenings: 1st Saturday in June and every Thursday evening in July and August from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Do-it-yourself workshops “Petits Curieux de Nature”: winter, spring and autumn holidays, every weekend in May and June and every day in July and August.
Initiation to climbing on the site’s cliffs (reserved for children over 6 years old): July and August.
Day with the League for the Protection of Birds, Sunday 30 October.
Free game booklet for children from 7 years old
Net course in the trees, playgrounds and huts.
Open every day, all year round
February, March and Oct. to Nov. 12: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
April, May, June, Sep: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
July and August: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Candlelight evenings from 7 p.m. to midnight, every Thursday evening)
From Nov. 13 to end of January: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Last admission 1 hour before closing.