Those of Marqueyssac are beautiful gardens also known as “hanging gardens of Perigord”, in France. We are talking about a landscape enclave of unparalleled beauty that has towns such as La Roque-Gageac, Castelnaud la Chapelle or Domm close to it.
These beautiful and picturesque gardens have been declared a Site of Public Interest by the Government of France, due to their beauty. Also, the gardens They stand out for their unique shapes and design, which make them a true visual jewel.. Will you accompany us to walk through them?
The Dordogne Valley
Located on a rock cliff, the gardens of Marqueyssac rise above the land of the Dordogne valley. Hence, from these gardens you can enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the valley. It is surrounding the castle and they have more than 6 kilometers of trails and routes.
Around them, there are more than 100,000 ancient bushes. This greenery is cut by hand by the best gardeners and it is accompanied by waterfalls, viewpoints or rock gardens that also configure open-air green theaters in approximately 22 hectares.
In its surroundings, the Chateau de Castelnaud stands on one side and the Château de Beynac on the other, two jewels of French architecture.
Brief history of the gardens of Marqueyssac
these beautiful gardens have their origin in 1861, at which time Julien de Cerval, passionate about gardening, decides to dedicate himself to building Marqueyssac. He dedicated the last 30 years of his life to this work, planting various types of vegetation, such as the precious boxwood that marks the paths.
In Marqueyssac, its routes with sharp angles stand out. Each of the nooks and crannies you come across along the way are designed by Julien to create a romantic experience for visitors. These gardens have been open since 1997, the year in which they were restored..
Visit these beautiful gardens
We can divide the walk through the beautiful gardens of Marqueyssac into 3 main routes. First will take you to the Belveder of the Dordogne Valley, where you can enjoy exceptional panoramic views of the Perigord with its small villages and castles. In addition, there you will reach 130 meters above the river.
Afterwards, you can visit the Chateau de Marqueyssac, located on a small peak that dominates the entire valley. This is a castle that dates back to the 18th century and whose main façade faces the valley, flanked by a central tower with a staircase. On this site, you can tour some of its rooms, to later go out and explore the beautiful gardens of Marqueyssac.
Finally, you can visit the Nature Pavilion. Over there you will find a big surprise: the skeleton of an exceptionally complete allosaurus. The exhibition of this dinosaur is in harmony with the educational spirit exhaled by the gardens of the Marqueyssac.
Via ferrata of the beautiful gardens of Marqueyssac
In these gardens you can also enjoy a walk along a via ferrata that runs along the cliffs of the Marqueyssac gardens. This is an exceptional tour through the beautiful landscape of the Dordogne valley.
Once you have started the path, you will be able to advance a few meters and then decide if you want to continue or not. You will hesitate at first, but surely your curiosity will be stronger than fear, so we advise you to continue this adventure.
The route through this via ferrata lasts 45 minutes, and includes a lifeline to which you will be continuously connected. It will be an exciting experience that will remain etched in your retina.
Schedules and prices of the gardens of Marqueyssac
The beautiful gardens of Marqueyssac are open every day of the year, with visiting hours in the morning and in the afternoon. During the months of February, March and October, you can visit them from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the months of April, May, June and September, the visit extends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In July and August, the visit is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and, finally, from November 14 to the end of January, the hours are from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. As for ticket prices, these range from 7.20 euros for adults to 3.60 euros for children between 10 and 17 years old. Children under 10 years old have free admission.
In short, these gardens dominate the valley from the top of the cliffs and form a set of a high landscape level. In this way, they constitute one of the best examples of topiary art in France.