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The Tourist Sites in the White Périgord

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Are you wondering what to visit when you are on holiday in the Dordogne ? Consult our pages which inform you about the best tourist sites of Périgord Blanc, the unmissable ones when you are on vacation around Périgueux! Visits to castles, museums on the history of Périgord, for a busy stay with family or friends.

For even more ideas, check out the Guide du Périgord blog, with reports on Dordogne sights, the best things to do in Périgord.

Hautefort castle (17th century)

In the northeast of the Dordogne , 40 km from Périgueux, 48 km from Brive-la-Gaillarde and 60 km from Sarlat, the imposing castle of Hautefort occupies an exceptional location on a former Roman camp .

Surrounded by French gardens classified as a Historic Monument and an English-style park of 30 ha, Hautefort is a spectacular building combining medieval fortifications with a classical construction erected from 1630 to 1670.

Its dimensions and appearance make this ensemble a lost Loire chateau in Périgord, in the middle of a preserved natural setting.

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The Château des Bories in Antonne (15th and 16th century)

All the charm of the Renaissance at the gates of Périgueux.

Built on the banks of the river from 1497 to 1604, the Château des Bories retains one of the most beautiful Gothic kitchens in Périgord.


Unique in France. The remains of a rich Gallo-Roman residence in an architecture by Jean Nouvel. Exceptionally enhanced antique collections. A large umbrella hovers above the walls of the "Domus de Vésone" which it protects. A thematic route explains "the city and public life" then "the house and private life".
From the mezzanines of the museum, a spectacular view opens onto the remains. Beyond, the high glass walls reveal the landscaped park of the Tour de Vésone and the remains of the 4th century rampart. The building is like an open window to the past buried under the modern city.

Watch our video report at the Vesunna Museum, to contemplate the majestic architectural work of Jean Nouvel before your visit. In this large bright building, you can enjoy the visit in all seasons and in all weathers!

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The Vesunna Museum

Saint Front Cathedral in Périgueux

The originality of the Saint Front cathedral is due to its particular architecture ( Greek cross plan ). Of Byzantine type, it was modified many times to be completed at the end of the 12th century.

It will still undergo some modifications thereafter, not taking account of the original plan. It remains today a magnificent testimony of Romanesque-Byzantine art.

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Saint-Front Cathedral in Périgueux

Watch the video report of the Guide du Périgord to get an overview of the brand new visit to the roofs of the Saint-Front Cathedral in Périgueux. An excellent way to learn more about the priceless heritage of this jewel of the Périgord Blanc.

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The MAAP: The Museum of Art and Archeology of Périgord

Want to know more about the history of Périgord? Come and visit one of the oldest museums in Périgord, which will take you from room to room to understand this department with its rich past, thanks to superb archaeological collections, fine arts, prehistoric art and also ethnology.

The MAAP is located in the old town center of Périgueux, opposite the Place du Tourny, near the Cathedral. To organize your visit, see our report article on the Guide du Périgord blog.


Chancelade Abbey

Founded in the 12th century, the abbey of Chancelade is a haven of peace located in green surroundings at the foot of the hills overlooking the Beauronne.

It has known during its history multiple wars and many occupants. During the Revolution, it became national property.

The Priory of Merlande

Nestled in a valley in the heart of a magnificent forest in all seasons, the Prieuré de Merlande is a place that is truly conducive to mediation. Founded in the 12th century by the monks of the Abbaye de Chancelade a few kilometers away, and remodeled in the 16th century, this fortified building, with its loopholes and its defensive path, is worth the detour. Promised for destruction and then perfectly restored, and adjoined by a magnificent Logis du Prior , the whole of the abbey today looks great, and is one of the favorites of Guide du Périgord !


It is really necessary to make a stop in this Wine and Vine Museum, which is a stone's throw from St Pierre de Chignac, in a spectacular 1900 cellar, listed as a Historic Monument.
A 19th century industrial building, it nonetheless retains the charm of Belle Époque constructions and houses a magnificent oak vat room!
This family winery, for 5 generations, presents a rare collection of tools for grape pickers, winegrowers, wine merchants and coopers.
You will follow the precise route of the grape from the trellis to the barrel and you will discover all the secrets of winemaking; With many photos, posters, documents or objects from 1900, the museum also evokes the life of the estate and its founder: JH Bordeaux industrial secretary and Périgord patron.
His descendants will welcome you during your visit.
Tools of the pickers, winegrowers, wine merchants and coopers in their natural setting.

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Château-l'Evêque castle

Château l'Évêque is located in the heart of Périgord and this former favorite residence of the bishops is considered the jewel of Périgueux. Surrounded by 17 hectares made up of an English park, meadows, river, pond and woods, the 14th, 15th and 16th century castle is an exceptional place.

The Moulin de la Veyssière

The Moulin de la Veyssière is located in Neuvic. It is a peaceful and pleasant place to discover one of the jewels of Périgord gastronomy: the Noix du Périgord! Here, we do not grow walnuts, but have been processing them for 6 generations, using a sumptuous and authentic water mill, into walnut oil. The Moulin de la Veyssière is family-run and a visit to this mill will lead you to understand the issues of milling and the production of walnut oil in Périgord, as well as the possibility of tasting, visiting a museum on the subject, an educational orchard. Bring the picnic and enjoy the tables by the creek!

Read our report on the Moulin de la Veyssière on the Guide du Périgord blog and consult the Moulin de la Veyssière information sheet to find out more and organize your visit.

The Moulin de la Veyssière

We wish you a good holiday in Périgord Blanc , remember to consult our pages on the best visits to do in Périgord Noir, Périgord Vert and Périgord Pourpre !