The Château de Fénelon will be closed
until Thursday, June 9 inclusive.


of Arts and Letters

WelcomeChâteau de Fénelon

Between Périgord Noir and Quercy, eighteen kilometers from Sarlat, the Château de Fénelon opens its doors to you.

For more than eight hundred years, this imposing monument with magnificent slate roofs has proudly dominated the Dordogne and Bouriane valleys.
From the feudal castrum of the year 1000 to the current fortress surrounded by a triple enclosure, the building is a brilliant testimony to the great hours of the history of France, in turn the last Cathar refuge in the region in the 13th century, a fortress besieged several times during the Hundred Years War, royalist bastion during the Wars of Religion and the Fronde, and forever
“temple of the spirit” with the birth within its walls, on August 6, 1651, of the illustrious writer Fénelon. His writings, including his masterpiece Les Aventures de Télémaque, still mark European consciousness and make him the precursor of the great philosophers of the 18th century and of his native home the cradle of the Age of Enlightenment.

For more than thirty years, the castle, still private and inhabited, has undergone a vast program of safeguarding and enhancement, rewarded with several official distinctions.

Today, the interior visit of the monument includes many rooms having regained their period furniture and illustrating several centuries of history of decorative arts and seigniorial life.

The artistic richness of the collections presented, associated with this substantial architectural, historical and literary heritage, reinforces the place of the Château de Fénelon among the major sites of Aquitaine and ensures its reputation as a “fortress of Arts and Letters”.

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With its History, Fénelon is a monument that claims the nobility of authenticity.

ExhibitionsArt comes to Fénelon

Current exhibitions

Discover the monumental sculptures of Manon & Alex on the esplanade of the Château de Fénelon. Out of the ordinary works in an exceptional place.

Let yourself be immersed in the unique atmosphere of the painter Artabel, an artist from Périgord with remarkable shapes and colors.

Duration: April 1 to June 21
Prices: included with your entry ticket

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Self-guided tours (or guided tours for groups)

The visit gives you access to the exteriors and furnished interiors of the castle as well as to the exhibition on the writer Fénelon. The route is carried out by means of explanatory panels.

We offer translations in English, Spanish, Dutch, German, Italian.

Opening: from the beginning of April to the end of October
Prices: from €5.5 to €10 depending on age and number

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Currently and until June 21, discover the sculptures of Manon and Alex and the creations of the painter Artabel at the Château de Fénelon.

Following the severe weather that occurred on the night of Friday June 3, 2022, the Château de Fénelon must unfortunately close its doors until Thursday June 9 inclusive.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused and look forward to seeing you again.