The Château des Milandes was built in 1489 and is located above the Dordogne river. The castle is not large, just as the garden. The interior of the castle is devoted to Josephine Baker, a dancer, singer and actress. She had lived in that castle from 1947 and you learn a lot of her history while walking through the castle. You can visit the castle without a guide, and information flyers are available in various languages. Photos are not allowed inside the castle.
Outside you can have a short walk through the park and enjoy a Birds of Prey show which usually takes place several times a day. The comments were all in French, only the kind of bird was mentioned in English. But it was still nice to watch the buzzard, falcon and eagle owl, and several people also had the chance to shortly hold one of the birds. And the ferret and rabbit were funny – just watch the show, I don’t want to spoil it!
Open April to mid of November. Admission 2012: adults 9€, children 5,80€.
The gardens of Marqueyssac are found on the opposite side of Castelnaud on a steep hill. You have a very nice view on the Dordogne valley from the gardens and there are several viewpoints. From the terrace after the entrance, you can see Beynac and Castelnaud with their castles, and later on you have great views on La Roque Gageac and even can see Domme.
At the entrance, there’s a castle which was built at the end of the 18th century, so it’s a rather new one. Then there’s the bastion and box tree gardens, as well as a pigeon aviary. With 6 km of walking paths being available, you have plenty of options where to go from the entrance. You will get a map of the garden (available in various languages), so that you can orientate yourself. It’s still hard to see everything as it’s so large! Much of the path goes through forest which was really good as it was pretty warm that day. Besides the view points, there’s a little waterfall, some huts (“cabanes”), a rosemary alley, a children’s’ labyrinth with box trees, a playground etc.
Open daily. Admission 2012: 7,40€ adults, children 3,70€. Free parking.
The castle Castelnaud, which means “new castle”, was first mentioned in the early 13th century and is one of my favorite castles in the Dordogne region. You can visit it without a guide and take your time to discover all the rooms. There’s a museum, the “Musée de la guerre au moyen âge” (Museum of Medieval Warfare), with a large collection of different weapons. Even though I’m not that interested in weapons, I found it very interesting. Outside on the battlements, you also find some reconstructed siege weapons like trebuchets and catapults. Also, you have a fantastic view from the castle on the Dordogne valley – you can see Marqueyssac gardens on the opposite side of the river, and a bit further down the river Beynac castle.
At the entrance, we got a flyer in German with information about what is displayed in the museum. In one of the castle rooms you also can watch a video about the castle and its history, with English subtitles.
Admission 2012: 8,20 € adults, children 4,10€. There are combination tickets with Marqueyssac gardens for 14€ adults.