Dordogne castles and chateaux, France

Photo of Dordogne castles

The Dordogne is said to have 1001 castles. Many of these are not open to the public, however, and also the name 'chateau' can be applied to any house that has been a centre of wine production - so many places that are called 'chateaux' will be distinctly less imposing than others.

Be that as it may, the Dordogne region has many of the finest castles in France, often in spectacular locations, and frequently surrounded by carefully manicured gardens with far-reaching views over the Perigord countryside.

Many of the castles date from the turbulent times and wars between England and France in the 12th-14th centuries during the Hundred Years War and typically still in their medieval condition(by contrast with the Loire Valley castles which were often transformed during the renaissance period).

Aquitaine: Dordogne Chateau

Bourdeilles (Dordogne)

Bourdeilles village

Close to Brantome, the Chateau de Bourdeilles is quite modest compared with some in the region but a visit is still recommended

See Bourdeilles guide

Chateau de Beynac (Dordogne)

Chateau de Beynac village

High on a clifftop and beautifuly restored, the Chateau de Beynac is our favourite castle in the region

See Chateau de Beynac guide

Chateau de Biron (Dordogne)

Chateau de Biron village

The Chateau de Biron is a perfect way to discover the history and countryside of the southern Dordogne

See Chateau de Biron guide

Chateau de Bonaguil (Lot-et-Garonne)

Chateau de Bonaguil village

The medieval Chateau de Bonaguil, in a lovely woodland setting, is one of our favourite castles in France

See Chateau de Bonaguil guide

Chateau de Castelnaud (Dordogne)

Chateau de Castelnaud village

The extensive Chateau de Castelnaud and the associated Museum of Medieval Weapons are very popular with both adults nd children

See Chateau de Castelnaud guide

Chateau de Commarque (Dordogne)

Chateau de Commarque village

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.

See Chateau de Commarque guide

Chateau de Fumel (Lot-et-Garonne)

Chateau de Fumel village

The Chateau de Fumel is not open to the public but a walk through the adjacent gardens can be pleasant in spring

See Chateau de Fumel guide

Chateau de Gavaudun (Lot-et-Garonne)

Chateau de Gavaudun village

Chateau de Gavaudun, a ruined medieval castle, sits high on a rock in the scenic Gavaudun Valley

See Chateau de Gavaudun guide

Chateau de Hautefort (Dordogne)

Chateau de Hautefort village

At Chateau de Hautefort you can see a vey imposing castle and also extensive and carefuly maintaind garden

See Chateau de Hautefort guide

Chateau de Jumilhac (Dordogne)

Chateau de Jumilhac village

The Chateau de Jumilhac is in the northern Dordogn, within the Perigord-Limousin Regional Natural Park

See Chateau de Jumilhac guide

Chateau de Losse (Dordogne)

Chateau de Losse village

Close to Montignac, the Chateau de Losse is an interesting castle that also has very pretty gardens

See Chateau de Losse guide

Chateau de Montfort (Dordogne)

Chateau de Montfort village

Close to Sarlat, the Chateau de Montfort is an imposing setting above the river - but unfortunately not open to the public

See Chateau de Montfort guide

Chateau de Puyguilhem (Dordogne)

Chateau de Puyguilhem village

Extensive renovation work at the Chateau de Puyguilhem has brought a new lease of life to this Renaissance style castle

See Chateau de Puyguilhem guide

Chateau de Puymartin (Dordogne)

Chateau de Puymartin village

The views, the furnishings and the legend of a resident ghost all combine to make Chateau de Puymartin an interesting destination

See Chateau de Puymartin guide

Chateau des Milandes (Dordogne)

Chateau des Milandes village

The beautifuly restored Chateau des Milandes, in Renaissance style, is best known for its association with the jazz dancer called Josephine Baker

See Chateau des Milandes guide

 

Map of Dordogne Castles

 

Actually I have cheated a bit, because some of these castles are across the southern border of the Dordogne region and are actually in the Lot-et-Garonne department. All are easily visited on a visit to the Dordogne region however.

We now also have a section dedicated to France castles where you can learn more about castles in all regions of France.