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 February to November and during Christmas vacations
> 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.
Woodturner’s workshop: from April to November.
Sunday 31 March and Monday 1st April afternoon: great Easter egg hunt (registration required on marqueyssac.com), egg decorating workshops, making an Easter basket, climbing.
Via Ferrata, acrobatic course on the cliff (reserved for children over 8 years old and over 1.30 m) from 17 April to November.
2nd 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 (book and purchase your ticket online).
Do-it-yourself workshops “Petits Curieux de Nature”: winter, spring and autumn holidays, all public holiday weekends in May, 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, except Saturday
Day with the League for the Protection of Birds, Sunday 27 October.
Yoga in the gardens. 1-hour session on Wednesdays and Sundays from April to All Saints’ Day, excluding July and August.
“Enter the hive”: discover the kingdom of bees and the beekeeper every Tuesday and Thursday during the winter, spring and autumn vacations
Kan exhibition, a rare allosaur skeleton at the Pavillon de la Nature
Net course in the trees, playgrounds and huts.
Open every day, all year round
February, March and Oct. to Nov. 11: 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)
Pass Périgord not valid for candlelight evenings. Tickets can only be purchased online
From Nov. 12 to end of January: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (except from December 26 to January 5: 11am to 5pm).
Last admission 1 hour before closing.