Château de Talmont

Talmont-Saint-Hilaire, France

Château de Talmont was founded by the Count of Poitou in the 10th century and the first documentary records appear between 1040 and 1046. In 1138 the castle was held by Joscelin de Lezay, who was attacked by Louis VII; despite being considered invulnerable because it could be resupplied from the sea, the castle was burnt by the king. Talmont passed on to the Mauléons by the 1140s, but in 1182 Richard I of England became the lord of Talmont; he remained in control of the castle until his death in 1199, when it was returned to the Mauléon family.

The castle was enlarged during by the King Richard I of England with round towers, curtain wall and new gate. Most of the castle was demolished in the 17th century.



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Founded: 10th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Frankish kingdoms (France)

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Paul Rodger (8 months ago)
Great castle to visit, falconry show was very good and well run, the horse shows were done well and informative tour. Food was a little on the expensive side but was good quality. Staff were friendly and lots of little workshops to get the kids involved and dressed up.
Brendan Dineen (9 months ago)
Great access, unexpectedly so. Outside walls hide a spectacular castle within. Lovely bakery across the road and lake with walk nearby to enjoy those treats!
Tracey Shaw (10 months ago)
The stars are not for the castle ,its for us . We timed our visit wrong and it was closed ,but had a nice cold drink in the cafe facing the castle .
J “PorcoR” C (10 months ago)
A very old castle, which focuses its tourism upon its time ruled by King Richard I. A fantastic place with, shows, kids events and freedom to walk about. While no means large, it's quaint, fun and everyone seems to relish working there.
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