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Things to do in Dordogne

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Cave
“Lascaux is a Palaeolithic cave situated in southwestern France, near the village of Montignac in the Dordogne region, which houses some of the most famous examples of prehistoric cave paintings. ”
  • 89 locals recommend
Premise
“A listed site, the romantic and picturesque gardens of Marqueyssac offer more than six kilometers of shaded paths bordered by 150000 hand-pruned box trees a hundred years old, the whole embellished with belvederes, waterways, rockeries and grassy clearings.”
  • 83 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The Château de Beynac is a castle situated in the commune of Beynac-et-Cazenac, in the Dordogne département of France. The castle is one of the best-preserved and best known in the region. This Middle Ages construction, with its austere appearance, is perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town and the north bank of the Dordogne River.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Museum
“Castelnaud is a lovely castle, restored to its nearly original state in recent decades. Like many of the castles in this short stretch along the Dordogne river it is situated on a bluff with magnificent views both up and down river. Chateau Beynac is clearly visible, where the English were kept under watch (and vice versa)! There are great displays of catapults and a small but fascinating museum of medieval implements of warfare and torture. Well worth the visit.”
  • 48 locals recommend
History Museum
“Lascaux II: A visit you’ll never forget: thanks to this replica, the world’s most famous Palaeolithic ’Sanctuary takes on a new lease of life. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Home of the amazing Josephine Baker, singer, actress, spy, civil rights leader and adopter of ‘les enfants du monde’. Fascinating museum of her life, wonderful gardens and twice daily birds of prey display.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Beautiful gardens, well worth a visit. Combine with a trip to the nearby town of Sarlat for a great day out”
  • 38 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Amazing views from this chateau set high above surrounding countryside. Pretty little village below with selection of shops and restaurants”
  • 22 locals recommend
Place to shop
“One of the most incredible attractions in the region, a UNESCO World Heritage site, La Roque St Christophe is a 1km long cliff, 80m high with 5 enormous galleries. Since troglodyte days, it has been a place of safe refuge. You get to see how the city was arranged and there are working replicas of the lifts which were needed to bring supplies up the cliff face.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Landmark
“The Chateau de Biron has been in the Gontaut-Biron family from the 13th to the 20th century. They were one of the four baronies of the Perigord along with Beynac, Bourdeilles and Mareuil. Over the years it endured various conflicts and damage but in the 15th century two Gontaut-Biron brothers restored and enlarged the castle in Italian Renaissance style mixed with a late flamboyant gothic style. Staircases and windows were added to the medieval towers. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Landmark
“Fabulous light show at 10.30pm Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday during summer. Tours during the day. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Church
“A 10 mn à pied, Patrimoine Mondial de l'UNESCO, construite entre XII et XIXè siècles; on peut depuis peu se promener sur les toits!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Vineyard
“The Château is symbolic of the Bergerac region and has stood proudly since the end of the 16th century when the quality of its wines was well known far beyond the borders of Aquitaine. This constancy is remarkable in a region where wars, peasant revolts and revolution hardly allowed a moment’s peace for the aristocratic properties dotted about the landscape.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Locality
“The Chateau de Biron has been in the Gontaut-Biron family from the 13th to the 20th century. They were one of the four baronies of the Perigord along with Beynac, Bourdeilles and Mareuil. Over the years it endured various conflicts and damage but in the 15th century two Gontaut-Biron brothers restored and enlarged the castle in Italian Renaissance style mixed with a late flamboyant gothic style. Staircases and windows were added to the medieval towers. ”
  • 253 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Chareau Bridoire is a picturesque chateau with furnished rooms and plenty of medieval games for adults and children alike. Musical evenings are held there in the summer. Half an hour from Le Serpen. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“The largest crystalline grotto in the region with a stunning array of formations. There is a basket to descend into the cavity for the adventurous or a tunnel entrance for a more gentle approach. It is truly stunning and only a 35 minute drive away. Reserve in advance especially if you want to descend in the basket!”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Travel Agency
“Beautiful gardens, well worth a visit. Combine with a trip to the nearby town of Sarlat for a great day out”
  • 38 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Consistently good. Open all year around. Prices above the average but so is the food.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the best restaurants in Sarlat. Small family run, fantastic imaginative food. Chef and kitchen visible from restaurant. Great location in centre of Sarlat old town. Need to book!”
  • 6 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“la Salamandre, le Grand Bleu, l'Esprit, les jardins d'harmonie, le bistro de l 'OCTROI.”
  • 8 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Un restaurant étoilé feutré, avec une très belle carte. Profitez des déjeuners ....certains jours... une formule bistrot à tout petit prix ”
  • 6 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Very classy restaurant. Easy driving distance to gite. Special occassion venue not for every day suppers!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Agent a canoe 3k away at Thonac and cruise along the Vezere riber passing Chateaus / Triglodyte villages and beautiful local villages, Saint Lein sur Vezere, stop for lunch...heaven. Canoe hire is seasonal.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“The best restaurant around here. Indoor/outdoor eating in old school house.”
  • 12 locals recommend

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