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Chateau de Montaigne, Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne

Home to Michel of Montaigne, this Chateau sits within the Dordogne region

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The château of Michel de Montaigne, squire of Montaigne (1533-1592) sits on the borders of the Bordeaux and the Périgord areas.

Dating originally to the 14th century, this château has been rebuilt several times, particularly after the huge fire in 1885. It's now a private property. The château tower, saved from the flames, was Montaigne's refuge and can be visited.

On the ground floor, there is a pretty chapel dedicated to Saint Michael. The first floor houses the bedroom of Michel de Montaigne, where he died in 1592 but most importantly you must visit the top floor, the Library, where he wrote much of his famous 'essays'. Some of the engravings he made on the beams of the Library still remain.

Worth knowing

The walk in the park & ​​wine tasting are offered with your ticket if you pay to take a tour of the Historical Tower.


Visitor comments

  • "Admittedly, I did not know that much about Montaigne when I visited the chateau. The French are very familiar with his writings and so this is more of a pilgrimage site for them. Having said that, it is a very interesting place on its own merits and learning about the humanist philosopher was very educational. Tours give a good, but necessarily abbreviated history of his life and approach. Rooms are nicely furnished. You can also taste some of the chateau's wines (White/Red in Stainless/Red in Oak/Rose). Our guide was very friendly, although sometimes the translation became fun as we both searched for the correct term. No matter what, do not miss the tower where Montaigne wrote much of his work during the last years of his life.Good parking and easy access to the chateau. Watch for some of the quirky collections of keys; small elephants in a display case;children's chairs all in a row; tiny old irons and old family photos. This visit may make me go and read his multi-chapter "Essays." Anyone who could devote so much time to his writings in a solitary, cold tower must have something to say. Definitely worth a visit for the chateau itself and the history of its owner. Not many other visitors while we were there." - Trip Advisor

When to come

Opening hours:

  • February, March, November & December - Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 17:30.
  • April, May, June, September & October - Wednesday to Sunday 12:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:30. Every day during Easter holidays.
  • July & August - Daily from 10:00 to 18:30.

How to book

There is no need to reserve for the tour of the tower. However you must reserve in advance for a group booking and for a tour of the castle, which is only available by group booking.

How to get passes

Tickets cost 8€, reduced to 6€ for children between 10 and 15 as well as students, jobseekers, and groups over 20 people by appointment. Free for children under 10 years old.


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  • Address
  • Saint Michel de Montaigne
  • 24230

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