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The Fortress of Penne
Historic site and monument

The Fortress of Penne

High place of Catharism located in the heart of the Gorges de l'Aveyron, the Château de Penne is a flagship of 13th century military architecture, whose restoration works allow the preservation and the medieval activities to enhance it.

Visitors can relive the fascinating history of the site and life in the Middle Ages thanks to an interpretation trail with illustrated panels, costumed tours, events and a medieval building site.
Since September 2023, a 30-minute loop on the rocky knolls has been open to site visitors only. This landscaped path completes the visit to the fortress in the heart of the natural Aveyron gorges. The path invites you to take a stroll under the oak trees to admire new views over the valley and the surrounding walls discovered during the archaeological digs.
There are picnic tables and benches all along the route (picnics are allowed, but bring your own bins as there are none on the route). Walking shoes strongly recommended. Last access to the trail 1 hour before the site closes. Children under the supervision of accompanying adults.

  • English, Spanish, French
  • Bank/credit card, Check, Travellers Cheque, Cash
  • Not accessible in a wheelchair
  • Animaux acceptés

Further information


  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Orientation board
  • Defibrillator


  • Educational visits
  • Themed tour
  • Shop
  • Tourist brochures
  • Guided tours


  • Activity
  • Children's entertainment

Minimum age


From 01/04 to 30/06, daily.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2024, daily.

From 01/09 to 30/09, daily.

From 01/10 to 11/11/2024, every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Reduced price: 4 to 6 €
Adult: 6 to 7.50 €
Child : 3 to 4 €
Large family: 16 to 22 €
Group adults: 4 to 6 €
Group children : 2.50 to 3.50 €.

On presentation of the "Bons plans" booklet: €2 discount on adult tickets.

Free entry for children < 5 years.
Child entry valid for 5 - 16 years.
Group rate available for > 15 people.

The Fortress of Penne
Le Village 81140 Penne
06 23 82 94 22 05 63 55 71 09
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