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The Dordogne Sights

Château de Biron

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 04/09/2014

Fodor's Review

Stop in Biron to see its massive hilltop castle, the highlights of which include a keep, square tower, and chapel, dating from the Renaissance, and monumental staircases. In addition to the period apartments and the kitchen, with its huge stone-slab floor, there's a gigantic dungeon, complete with a collection of scarifying torture instruments. The classical buildings were completed in 1760. The Gontaut-Biron family—whose ancestors invented great typefaces centuries ago—has lived here for 14 generations. The château has been undergoing renovations on a room-by-room basis since 2013, but these interfere only minimally with the viewing. It's well worth renting an audioguide (€3) to get a detailed history, plus specifics about the architecture and decor.

Sight Information


Biron, 24540, France



Sight Details:

  • €8
  • Mid–Feb.–Apr. 11, Tues.–Sun. 10–12:30 and 2-5; Apr. 12–July 4 and Sept.–Nov. 2, daily 10–1 and 2–6; July 5 –Aug., daily 10–7; Nov. 3–Dec., Tues.–Sun. 10–12:30 and 2-5. Closed Jan.–mid-Feb.

Updated 04/09/2014


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