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Dordogne places to visit and attractions
Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Dordogne department of Aquitaine. See also our Dordogne travel guide
The traditional bastide town of Beaumont-du-Perigord is an interesting contrast to the nearby village of Monpazier
Belves is one of the liveliest and most attractive small towns in the Dordogne and has several historic monumnts of interest
Bergerac is a substantial town on the banks of the river and with an extensive medieval old town. One of our favourite towns!
One of the most beautiful villages in France and also with stunning views and on of the most impressive Dordogne castles, Beynac is unmissable when you visit
Biron is a picturesque village with an ancient church and an imposing castle, and far-reaching views
Close to Brantome, the Chateau de Bourdeilles is quite modest compared with some in the region but a visit is still recommended
In an idyllic setting on the Isle River and with an imposing abbey, Brantome is a very enjoyable town to explore
Brantome Abbey is an impressive abbey with troglodyte caves in the beautiful town of Brantome.
Cabanes du Breuil
The Cabanes du Breuil are ancient farm buildings made from dry stone in the heart of the Dordogne
Cadouin is a small village best known for its medieval abbey, an important pilgrimage destination
Cadouin abbey was built in the 12th century in the roman style
Cadouin abbey cloisters
The cloister attached to the abbey at Cadouin were built in the 15th century and among the most charming in France
Carlux is a pretty village with the ruins of a castle in its centre.
Carsac-Aillac is home to the Jardins d'eau de Carsac and also has a lovely romanesque church.
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is a very pretty village best known for the Chateau de castelnaud, the most visited castle in the region
Chateau de Beynac
High on a clifftop and beautifully restored, the Chateau de Beynac is our favourite castle in the region
Chateau de Biron
The Chateau de Biron is a perfect way to discover the history and countryside of the southern Dordogne
Chateau de Bourdeilles
The Chateau de Bourdeilles consists of a medieval defensive castle and a Renaissance castle in the pretty village of Bourdeilles.
Chateau de Bridoire
Visit the Chateau de Bridoire, a medieval chateau with lots of games for all the family.
Chateau de Castelnaud
The extensive Chateau de Castelnaud and the associated Museum of Medieval Weapons are very popular with both adults nd children
Chateau de Commarque
The Chateau de Commarque is an imposing ruined castle that was 'found' in the forest and has now been cleared and opened to the public.
Chateau de Hautefort
At Chateau de Hautefort you can see a vey imposing castle and also extensive and carefuly maintaind garden
Chateau de Jumilhac
The Chateau de Jumilhac is in the northern Dordogn, within the Perigord-Limousin Regional Natural Park
Chateau de Losse
Close to Montignac, the Chateau de Losse is an interesting castle that also has very pretty gardens
Chateau de Montfort
Close to Sarlat, the Chateau de Montfort is an imposing setting above the river - but unfortunately not open to the public
Chateau de Puyguilhem
Extensive renovation work at the Chateau de Puyguilhem has brought a new lease of life to this Renaissance style castle
Chateau de Puymartin
The views, the furnishings and the legend of a resident ghost all combine to make Chateau de Puymartin an interesting destination
Chateau des Milandes
The beautifuly restored Chateau des Milandes, in Renaissance style, is best known for its association with the jazz dancer called Josephine Baker
Daglan is a small village in the south of the Dordogne department on the river Céou
The hilltop village of Domme has it all: a beautiful village, an extensive cave sytem, and very extensive views across the river and countryside
The town of Excideuil in the northern Dordogne has a lively market every Thursday and is close to two of the most important castles in the region
The bastide town of Eymet,south of Bergerac, has some lovely medieval houses and an attractive seting on the Dropt river
The caves at Font-de-Gaume are one of the last caves in France where the public can still see original cave paintings
Grotte de Rouffignac
The Grotte de Rouffignac contains engravings and drawings of more than 100 mammouths
The historic small town of Issigeac has many lovely old houses and the most famous Sunday market in the Dordogne
Jardins de Marqueyssac
The beautiful gardens of Marqueyssac are the most visited gardens in Aquitaine
La Musée de la Rue du temps qui passe
The musée de la rue du temps qui passe is an atmospheric step back to the 1870 to 1940 years.
The picture-postcard village of La Roque-Gageac is along the banks of the Dordogne river and also has semi-tropical gardens and ancient cave dwellings to see.
The prehistoric dwellings built in the cliffs at La Roque-Saint-Christophe are one of the most extensive of their type in France
The Lascaux Caves are famous worldwide because of the large number of prehistoric cave paintings to be seen
Laugerie Basse is a prehistoric shelter in the Vezere Valley in the Dordogne
The Jardin du Bouquet is a large park containing 50 different gardens of clipped box formed into different geometric patterns.
The town of Le Bugue, on the Dordogne river banks, is very well situated to explore the region
Les Eyzies itself is a small traditional town, within easy reach of many of the most important prehistoric monuments of the Vezere Valley
Les Jardins d'eau
The Jardins d'eau in Carsac-Aillac is a stunning water garden with a lovely water labyrinth.
Les Jardins de Cadiot
The Jardins de Cadiot is a pretty garden in the Dordogne Valley near to Sarlat.
Les Jardins de Sardy
The Jardins de Sardy to the wet of Bergerac are one of our favourite gardens to visit in the region
Limeuil is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, and has a popular river beach where the Vezere and Dordogne rivers join
Molieres is small but perhaps the best example of an unspoiled bastide town in the region.
Monbazillac is home to the Chateau de Monbazillac, famous producer of sweet white wines
Monpazier is an exceptional 13th century bastide town, among the most beautiful villages in France.
At Montcaret you can visit the archaeological site of a Roman villa to see ancient mosaics
The pretty little village of Montferrand-du-Perigord is in a particularly scenic area and has a traditional market hall
Best known for being close to Lascaux caves, the small town of Montignac is also very attractive
Nontron is a quiet town within the Perigord-Limousin Regional Natural Park to the north of the Dordogne
One of our favourite towns in the Dordogne, Perigueux has an imposing byzantine cathedral and an extensive medieval old town to explore
The cathedral in Perigueux combines roman and byzantine elements to create a most unusual - and impressive - building
The village of Plazac is very small but well worth exploring, and well placed to discover many local highlights
Prats-du-Perigord is a small village with an impressive fortified church in the south-east of the Dordogne department
Riberac, a quiet and traditional town, is well known for the large market held here each Friday
Saint Vincent de Cosse
Saint Vincent de Cosse is a charming village with some beautiful houses and rural architecture.
The village of Saint-Amand-de-Coly is one of the prettiest in the Dordogne, and also well placed s a base if you are exploring the region
Saint-Avit-Senieur is dominated by the substantial abbey ruins in the centre of the village
Saint-Cyprien village has a very picturesque historic centre and lovely views across the Dordogne region
Saint-Jean-de-Cole is a small but very pretty village with a nice church and beautiful riverside setting
In the heart of the UNESCO listed Vézère Valley, the village of Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère is one of the loveliest in the Dordogne
Saint-Pompon, France is a small village to the south of the Dordogne department with an attractive historic centre
Sarlat is the historic capital of the region, and perhaps the most remarkable and intact historic town in France. Highly recommended!
Sorges is a village in the Dordogne renowned for its truffles and has an ecomuseum dedicated to the history and cultivation of truffles.
The quiet town of Terrasson in the north of the department is best known for the extensive Gardens of the Imagination
The Grotte du Grand Roc
The Grotte du Grand Roc is a beautiful natural cave system in the Dordogne.
The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie
The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie is a colourful garden in the Dordogne valley near La Roque Gageac.
The Jardins de l'Albarede
The Jardins de l'Albarede is an attractive garden surrounded by wooded hills in the Dordogne department.
Thiviers is a very typical Dordogne market town, best known for the foie gras produced in the surrounding countryside
The small village of Tourtoirac has a church and river walk as well as a cave system to visit
Trémolat is a very small but attractive village, close to the scenic highlight at the Cingle de Tremolat which has far-reaching views across the river
North of Bergerac, Villamblard is a pleasant town to discover and surrounded by attractive countryside
Surrounded by the forests that produce the famous local chestnuts, Villefranche-du-Perigord is a small and unspoiled bastide town
Vitrac and Vitrac Port
Vitrac is a quiet village next to Vitrac Port which has a river beach and various facilities.
For more information see the Dordogne guide
Market towns & days in Dordogne
all markets in morning unless otherwise stated
Bergerac: Wednesday all day & Saturday all day
Brantome: Monday (high season only)
Le Bugue: Tuesday
Le Buisson-de-Cadouin: Friday
Le Lardin-Saint-Lazare: Friday
Les Eyzies: Monday all day (high season only)
Montignac: Wednesday & Saturday
Perigueux: Wednesday all day & Saturday all day
Riberac: Tuesday & Friday
Sarlat: Wednesday & Saturday all day
Thiviers: Tuesday (high season only)
Tocane-Saint-Apre: Monday &
Tourist attractions to visit in Dordogne
The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...
Sites of Natural Beauty
Grotte du Grand Roc
Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'
Jardin de Conty
Jardin de la Daille
Jardin de Planbuisson
Jardins de l'Albarède: Tourist guide
Jardins de l'Imaginaire
Jardins de la Bourlie
Jardins de Marqueyssac: Tourist guide
Jardins du château de Caudon
Jardins du château de Hautefort
Jardins du château de Losse
Jardins du château de Montréal
Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac
Jardins du Sardy: Tourist guide
Parc et potager de Pouthet
Abbaye de Saint Amand de Coly (Saint-Amand-de-Coly)
Abbaye de Saint Martial (Paunat)
Abbaye Notre Dame (Chancelade)
Abbaye Saint Pierre (Brantome)
Ancien Prieuré de Merlande (La Chapelle-Gonaguet)
Cathédrale Saint-Sardos (Sarlat)
Eglise de Saint Léonce (Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere)
Eglise de Saint-Hilaire et Eglise de Saint-Nicholas (Tremolat)
Eglise de saint-Pierre (Audrix)
Eglise Notre Dame de Faye (Faye)
Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption (Belves)
Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption (Thiviers)
Eglise notre-Dame de Nativité (Cenac-et-Saint-Julien)
Eglise Saint Etienne de la Cité (Perigueux)
Eglise Sainte-Croix (Beaumont-du-Perigord)
UNESCO world heritage sites
Le-Buisson-de-Cadouin eglise abbatiale (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide
Perigueux cathédrale Saint Front (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide
Saint-Avit Eglise (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide
Vezere Valley: Tourist guide