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Address: 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
Phone Number:
+33 5 53 59 00 25
11:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours


The Medieval fortified encampment, the restored main...


The Medieval fortified encampment, the restored main building

and the Fortress

The Troglodyte dwellings

The Valley and the Prehistoric cave (video and photo exhibitions)


Prehistory drawing, Archery, Scultpur.

Pythagoras (Medieval geometry)

The Reporter

Medieval Calligraphy

Included in your visit:

Exhibition of works carried out «Before and After».

Video and photo exhibition of the prehistoric Cave of Commarque.

XIV century chess game.

Discover games for all family.


Services: Independent tours with guide book provided

in 6 languages, Free shaded parking, Toilets, Picnic tables, Access to a running steam, Snacking, Soft drinks and ice cream, Photos and film authorised, Dogs with leach allowed.

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Worth finding this gem

This is a privately owned castle ruin undergoing reconstruction. Its in the heart of pre-historic cave country where Cro Magnon people painted and sculpted beautiful art as early... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Laguna Niguel, California
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Laguna Niguel, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a privately owned castle ruin undergoing reconstruction. Its in the heart of pre-historic cave country where Cro Magnon people painted and sculpted beautiful art as early as 22,000 BC. It's worth a visit for the gorgeous valley it overlooks and the feeling of isolation here. There is a parking lot near the castle. Once you park, you must... More 

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Fairfax County, Virginia
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed a week in Beynac, so we toured Chateau de Beynac. We had kids with us, and they loved the suits of armor and trebuchets at Castelnaud, but I think everyone in our group enjoyed Chateau de Commarque best. We would have liked to have spent more time there, but needed to get going to make a lunch reservation... More 

Thank Triplebock
West Midlands
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229 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

This is an interesting one, and we weren't initially sure it was worth a visit. A bit low key compared to other sights in the area, and somewhat out of the way, on first sight it didn't seem worth the time or money. However, we decided to go with it, and were glad we did. The story of the recovery... More 

Thank Graham19
Windermere, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Site of prehistoric cave dwellers with later fortifications and a medieval village. No roads tarmac road to the valley site which eventually led to the site being deserted and overgrown. Now largely restored but still work in progress. 15 minute walk from car park but beware the car park has the only toilet facilities which may be a problem if... More 

Thank Paulwindermere
Denison, Texas
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153 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is the best ruined Chateau I have visited--and I have visited many. It's about half way between restored and ruined. The current owner, a Commarque, has been working on it for 40 years. There is an excellent guide in English that explains the history. If you love history and old places, don't miss Commarque. We spent nearly three hours... More 

2 Thank frogcarguy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

First of all Cave of Font-de-Gaume should be the top attraction in the area, absolutely no question. My wife and I visited in September and to be honest there's not a lot to this place. Negating the long walk there and back this is a very nice ruin you can walk round leisurely in around an hour, possibly worth a... More 

1 Thank jsyjsy
Commarque, Propriétaire at Chateau de Commarque, responded to this review

Dear visitor, We are very sorry about your last experience at Commarque. For visitors with handicap or difficulties there is a special parking lot nearby the entrance. The actual path is a bit long but we organized it to be an introduction to the site. We also have installed benchs all along the path. The visit duration is about 1... More 

New York City, New York
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

The ruins of the castle are directly off of the GR6 hiking trail, making it an easy stop for day hikers or through hikers between Les Eyzies and Sarlat. The ruins are picturesque when viewed from the valley, or from within the site themselves.

1 Thank ItinerantNewYorker
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40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Marvelous site in a splendid setting, the result of years of hard work and vision by its owner as it was overgrown and hidden by vegetation, ruins, tress.... Everything has already been said about it but it is worth mentioning that each time we go back some more work has been done. Will be back.

1 Thank Maroclover
Paris, France
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

You have to walk a bit and then you will find this intriguing place, combinaison of several old castles in big archeological complex. Plus you will have a great view for the most corageous to climb up all the donjon.

Thank Arnaudv
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41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

A fellow traveler told us not to miss this medieval site. He was correct. The complex is huge, much of it not yet restored. We spent at least an hour exploring and only left then because it was closing for the day. The ruins are signposted and accessible for those with no difficulty walking. The towers are reached by stairs.... More 

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