Historic site and monument
in Penne

Forteresse de Penne

A Mecca of Catharism located in the heart of the Gorges de l'Aveyron, the Château de Penne is a jewel of military architecture from the XNUMXth century, whose restoration work has enabled it to be safeguarded and medieval events to enhance it.
Thanks to an interpretation trail with illustrated panels, costumed visits, activities and a medieval construction site, visitors can relive the fascinating history of the site and life in the Middle Ages.
From 13/07 to 25/08: it's Summer at the Fortress with daily activities to experience the Middle Ages life-size in the heart of the castle!
With demonstrations and participatory workshops in historical reconstruction as well as night visits on Wednesdays, dramatized visits on Sundays.

Since Friday September 01, 2023, open only to visitors to the site, a loop of approximately 30 minutes set out on the mounds of the rock, this landscaped trail completes the visit to the Fortress in the heart of the nature of the Aveyron gorges . The path invites you to walk under the oak trees to admire new panoramas of the valley but also the surrounding walls discovered during archaeological excavations. All along the route, picnic tables (picnic accepted but you must bring your trash cans, there are none on the route) and benches allow you to stop. Walking shoes highly recommended. Last access to the trail 1 hour before the site closes. Children under the supervision of accompanying adults.

In 2024, the Fortress is revealed and reveals its secrets. In June 2024, to crown the colossal restoration project, open the doors of the new interpretation center.
– Discover the buried secrets of this mythical place in the museum space: objects found during archaeological excavations as well as collectible furniture retracing medieval daily life which took place centuries ago on this renowned rocky spur.
– Explore the fabulous evolution of this promontory in the model room through 3 reproductions from the XNUMXth, XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries.
– Watch the film “Story of a Passion” exposing the project in its entirety, the work carried out and the history of the place with a 3D projection of the fortress and its surroundings.
Further information) :
For groups and schools, open all year round, by reservation.
Ideal families
Sustainable tourism

No sale of plastic water bottles on the site, we have a drinking water tap available!

We speak: English, Spanish, French

Video

Themes:

  • Historical patrimony
  • Castle of
  • Chateau fort

Location details

  • In the countryside
  • Village center
  • River at -5 km

Visit

Minimum age required: 36 year(s)
Minimum group size: 15 person(s)

Customers

Suitable for: Reception of school groups, Cycle 3: middle school (6th grade), Cycle 3: elementary school (CM1, CM2), Special family with children, Cycle 1: nursery school (PS, MS, GS), Cycle 2: elementary school (CP, CE1, CE2), Cycle 4: middle school (5th, 4th, 3rd), Special adolescents, Groups welcome

Language(s) of the visit

English, Spanish, French

Individual visit services

  • Unguided individual tours permanently
  • Guided individual tours on request

Group visit services

  • Unguided group tours permanently
  • Guided group tours on request

Opening

Opening hours from July 01 to August 31, 2024
MondayOpen
TuesdayOpen
WednesdayOpen
ThursdayOpen
FridayOpen
SaturdayOpen
SundayOpen
10am-19pm.
Mondays in summer from 13/07 to 21/08, site open from 10 a.m. to 22:30 p.m. non-stop.
Wednesdays in summer, “Tales & Legends” guided tour from 20:30 p.m. to 22:30 p.m. (site only accessible for the guided tour).
Opening hours from September 01 to September 30, 2024
MondayOpen
TuesdayOpen
WednesdayOpen
ThursdayOpen
FridayOpen
SaturdayOpen
SundayOpen
from 10 a.m. to 13 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Opening hours from October 01 to November 11, 2024
WednesdayOpen
ThursdayOpen
FridayOpen
SaturdayOpen
SundayOpen
10h-13h et 14h-17h30
Open on public holidays.
Opening hours from April 01 to June 30, 2025
MondayOpen
TuesdayOpen
WednesdayOpen
ThursdayOpen
FridayOpen
SaturdayOpen
SundayOpen
From 10 a.m. to 13 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
EXCEPTIONALLY CLOSED FROM JUNE 28 TO 30

Exceptional Closure(s)

  • 01/01/2024
  • 25/12/2024
  • 01/06/2023

Prices

PricesMin.Max.
Reduced price

7 €-
Adult
9.5 €-
Kids

4.5 €-
Big family

27 €-
Adult group

7 €-
Reduced price

6 €-
Adult
7.5 €-
Kids

4 €-
Big family

22 €-
Adult group

6 €-
Prices from July 13 to August 25, 2024: medieval activities and daily guided tours included in the entrance price.

Guided tours are included in the entrance ticket (excluding groups).

On presentation of the “Good Deals” booklet: €2 reduction on adult entries.

Supplement of €3 for Wednesday nights (for visitors who have already paid for the day's entry).

'Tribe of friends' package valid for 6 adults: 5 entries purchased + the 6th free.
Free for children under 5 years)

Payment methods

  • Cheque
  • Bank / credit card
  • Cash
  • Classic Holiday Vouchers

Services

Equipments

  • Picnic area.
  • Toilets
  • Orientation table
  • defibrillator

Services

  • Pet Friendly
  • Educational visits
  • Theme visit
  • Shop
  • Tourist Documentation
  • Guided tours

Activities on site

  • Animation
  • Children's entertainment

Home animals

Animals are accepted

Adapted tourism

Adapted service: Not wheelchair accessible
From 9.50 € / adult

Address

The village
81140 Penne
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