Château de Beaucens

Beaucens, France

The Chateau of Beaucens is a former castle of the Viscounts of Lavedan dating mainly from the 14th century. The site was transformed into a zoo, the Keep of Eagles, where there are Birds of prey flying around the ruins of the castle with a view of the Gaves valley.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Valois Dynasty and Hundred Year's War (France)

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Eric T (9 months ago)
Great activity for family! The site is magnificent, the show is very entertaining and educational and the birds are well taken care of.
Steve Inskip (9 months ago)
This is a cracking place. Don't miss the live show....it's awesome. Well worth the entry fee and a must-see place if you're in the vicinity.
Eamonn Barclay (3 years ago)
Great experience in wonderful surroundings. I would go back again and it is suitable for all ages.
Fabio Antunes (3 years ago)
Very good show. Almost one hour of show. The kids will love it.
Alan Hart (3 years ago)
Definitely go for the show, which is in French only, but which you can enjoy even if you can't follow at all. You can do a short tour before or after to see the birds for yourself. Spectacular site: partially ruined castle with really nice plants and flowers.
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