Château de Peyrelade

Rivière-sur-Tarn, France

The Château de Peyrelade name is derived from the occitan 'Pèira Lada', meaning wide rock; an accurate description of the site. Objects found on the site suggest it was inhabited in prehistoric times.

Thanks to its position controlling the entrance to the Gorges du Tarn, it was one of the most important castles in the Rouergue province. It existed at least as far back as the 12th century, and was the scene of incessant battles and sieges until 1633 when it was dismantled on the orders of Richelieu.

The ruins give a good idea of the layout of the castle. The outer wall was more than 250m long, 10m high and 2.1m thick. The castle was dominated by a natural rock keep more than 50m high, only accessible from a round tower attached to it.

The Château de Peyrelade is one of a group of 23 castles in Aveyron which have joined together to provide a tourist itinerary as La Route des Seigneurs du Rouergue. Château de Peyrelade is open to visitors from mid-June to mid-September.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Rasmus Starup-Hansen (3 years ago)
This place was not easy to find. We drove the wrong way 4 times before we parked the car along the road and decided to walk the rest of the way. It was well worth it though. The view from the top was great and it was interesting to explore the castle and it's history. At the entrance you are offered to watch a short movie in an airconditioned room about the history of the area
David Burton (3 years ago)
Atmospheric ruined mediaeval castle. The approach road is steep and narrow and the visit involves a lot of steps if you want to see everything. Not at all wheelchair or pushchair friendly. Some days they have costumed reenactors there and we visited on such a day. Vultures may be seen soaring around as the castle is perched right on the top of a rocky outcrop. There is small shop too.
Erwin Perik (3 years ago)
Nice for a quick castle trip
Frans Nieuwenhuyzen (5 years ago)
Beautiful castle. Lots of activities in the summer. Great for kids!
Philippe Schots (6 years ago)
Super, we were lucky there was a live show with real knights! Highly recommended
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