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Chateau de Puilaurens

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Address: Lapradelle Puilaurens, 11140 Lapradelle-Puilaurens, France
Phone Number: +33 4 68 20 65 26

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Great castle to visit, good road up to the car park, picnic area and toilets. Entrance is €5.00 for adults. Good footwear essential for the steep walk up to the castle. Once there... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2016
James H
Forest of Dean, United Kingdom
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Forest of Dean, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Great castle to visit, good road up to the car park, picnic area and toilets. Entrance is €5.00 for adults. Good footwear essential for the steep walk up to the castle. Once there it is spectacular. Don't miss this castle, Enjoy.

Thank James H
Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

France is full of castles, but if you want to get a real feel for 10th Century garrison life visit Puilaurens Castle! The views are spectacular too.

Thank TheYarnSchool
Beverley, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

This castle is wonderful, less exploited than some but preserved sufficiently to provide a worthwhile visit. The postcard / photos from the early 20th century and 2007 provide an insight into the spectacular changes that continue to take place in the landscape.

Thank TravelsbyCar100
Bern, Switzerland
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129 reviews
61 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

We've been here before. I must say, these are probably the cathare castle ruins i prefer. It's less touristy and very romantic and dreamy. There's long gras moving to and fro in the inner courtyard and most of the time it's very silent. I made some great photos there. Also check out Peyrepertuse, Quéribus, Puivert, Las Tors (Montségur should be... More 

Thank Fenugreek12
Toulouse, France
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111 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

A Cathar landmark which can be visited in conjunction with the close by castles of Peyrepertuse and Quéribus. There's an invigorating walk up from the car park, but you can also walk up from the village if you're feeling up to it. Get the 'passport', which gets you a reduction off every Cathar site visited as well as allowing a... More 

Thank MilesCF
Algarve, Portugal
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Of all the castles we see it is not the most interesting but still has some standing things and many "nooks" to explore.

Thank MEAFaro
Maaseik (Belgium)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

The walk up to the castle is not too difficult - take your time, and the view is amazing.... it's easy to understand why a castle was built on this side. It's a bit more difficult to imagine how all the building materials have been hauled up; and even how the former owners (kings & queens) traveled up. A must... More 

Thank Jos K
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

Our first of three castles in a day! A steep climb up over rough ground but worth it for the amazing views. The French don't believe in health and safety - some sheer drops in places! You'd never be allowed the access in the safety conscious UK! I prefer the French approach to leave it to each individual's common sense!

Thank Andrew W
Gemozac, France
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86 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

An interesting Cathar chateau, stunning scenery all around and on the winding road up to the chateau. There is a car park at the foot of the hill to the chateau. There is an entrance fee of 5€ to walk round the ruins. It is quite a steep walk up so need to be fairly fit!!

1 Thank Teresa L
Herentals, Antwerpen, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015

Puilaurens castle is first mentioned in the tenth century but was entirely reconstructed by the royal engineers after 1255. In the seventeenth century the stronghold was adapted to the use of firearms and several new buildings were erected : The entrance was strengthened by barbicans and a crow nest. Half open towers received a closing wall. A dwelling tower and... More 

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