Château de Salignac A castle under restoration open to visitors

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 10:30 am - 06:30 pm
  • Tuesday 10:30 am - 06:30 pm
  • Wednesday 10:30 am - 06:30 pm
  • Thursday 10:30 am - 06:30 pm
  • Friday 10:30 am - 06:30 pm
  • Saturday 10:30 am - 06:30 pm
  • Sunday 10:30 am - 06:30 pm

Opens Friday at 10:30 am

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Location : In town

Province : Black Périgord

Services

  • Bar
  • Cash
  • Children playground
  • Credit card accepted
  • English spoken
  • Groups
  • Pets welcome
  • open 7/7
  • English
    • The Château de Salignac, an ambitious historical reconstruction project in the Périgord Noir

      Since 2006, the Starckmann family has been working with the tedious goal of reconstructing a thousand-year-old castle. Passionate about old stones and history, they are restoring together the Château de Salignac, located in the same town as the Jardins d'Eyrignac near Sarlat-La-Canéda. Discover the crossing of a historical monument born in 1040, which tells you about its epic through a major construction site.

      The Château de Salignac, a castle under restoration open to visitors near Montignac

      For thirty years, the Château de Salignac has been under construction. Behind its majestic facade hides a conservation project that has become a family project, where everything is done to restore its 13th and 15th century appearance to one of the largest castrums in Périgord. With patience and meticulousness, the Starckmann family scrapes, remounts the walls and digs

      the foundations of the castle themselves, simply leaving the major projects such as the frame to the craftsmen. Since 1040, the building has passed through several hands, has undergone extensions, collapses and redevelopments, before being bought in 2006, saved from ruin by enthusiasts. The various protections were not enough to preserve the castle, still under construction despite the evolution which allows an opening to visitors in 2021. Safeguarding this historical and cultural complex, this is the current mission.

      The Château de Salignac, an immersion in medieval life in the Périgord Noir

      Since 2021, the curious, history buffs and tourists have had the chance to discover the Château de Salignac, which has been under construction since 2017. The free visit gives access to

      historical and cultural explanations

      , while following the progress of the construction site. for all these years. Touch, look, admire this magnificent castle at your own pace , the interior of which is beginning to be renovated in the spirit of the 15th century, and enjoy a view from above of Salignac. Between May and October, group visits can be organized for up to 50 people, before work resumes. Don't miss the summer event each year in July, a special weekend where life in a castle in the 13th century is perfectly reconstituted with the Opusculars. Nobles, damsels, ladies and troubadours invite you on a journey through time, punctuated by workshops and events for a historical immersion. It's your turn to contribute to the preservation of this precious medieval testimony.

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Traveller Reviews Château de Salignac

4.5 sur 5 414 reviews

  • joost

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by joost on 09/08/2021

    First mention of a castle dates back to the turn of the millennium. Typically enough the original wooden structures start to be replaced by stone buildings in the 11th and 12th centuries, to which date back the two dungeons of the Salignac castle. The Salignac Castle has seen a lot of historic changes, reaching its height in the 15th century after which it slowly decayed. The castle suffered damages during the Hundered Years War and the Wars of Religion. During the French Revolution villagers took over the castle, broken up and sold. By 1910 the main building and guardhouse were still standing. By 1912 the Salignac family bought back the castle and turned the remains into a stately manor, leveling most of the ruins and guardhouse to create a garden around three terraces on different levels. The castle was abandoned again, and by 2006 found new owners that set-out on a multi-generational journey to restore this historic monument. They worked 15 years to stabilize the site, replace structural beams and redo the ‘lauze’ roof. In 2021, 30 years after its last inhabitants left, the castle reopened its doors to the public. A visit gives you the unique opportunity to visit ‘a work in progress’. Much of the terraces are currently excavated, which allows for a sneak-peak under the surface. The spiral staircase provides access to the basement cut out from the rock, a room ‘left as they found it’, the central part currently under renovation, as well as a restored room with its ‘pisé’ floor and historic decor.

  • Ann-sophie Dondeyne

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Ann-sophie Dondeyne on 21/07/2023

    A very nice, local castle to visit! There is an amazing view over nature and the old town. There are is plenty of information about the history of tje building without being overwhelming. It is owned by a family and therefore not too commercial or touristy so perfect for a little trip

  • Fiona Alderman

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Fiona Alderman on 30/08/2023

    Just visited the Chateau with friends today. Not the first time either. I am a neighbour and also did the English translations for the owners. I have enjoyed visiting it this summer and recognize the extensive work they have done and continue to do to restore this beautiful building. Bravo !

Traveller Reviews Château de Salignac

4.5 sur 5 35 reviews

  • "What a project!"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Fugu123 on 21/09/2023

    Another amazing project that needs mentioning for dedication and hard work, taking it back to the medieval status and ripping out the Victorian decor. So cool to see the roofing being done and some...

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  • "Visting the Castle."

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by hans-jaguar (Santa Comba Dao, Portugal) on 31/07/2022

    Close to Sarlat-La-Canéda you have the small hamlet of “Salignac-Eyvigues”. Here you can visit the “Château de Salignac” who is the former castle of the “Salignac Fénelon” family, in the commune of...

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  • "An outstanding Chateau in a beautiful part of the Dordogne"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by tomsfromsurrey (London, United Kingdom) on 24/07/2021

    This is a must-see if you are anywhere near Salignac-Eyvigues ! Steeped in local history and classified as a historic monument, it is an excellent example of a late medieval castle. Remi gives a...

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Château de Salignac

Address

34 rue du Château
24590 Salignac-Eyvigues

GPS coordinates

44° 58'28.08"N, 1° 19'33.73"E

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