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Durandal Park (Parc Durandal)
Durandal Park (Parc Durandal)

Durandal Park (Parc Durandal)

Le Marcayou, Rocamadour, Midi-Pyrénées, 46500

The Basics

Visitors to Durandal can choose from three different shows. The Blades of Time (Les Lames de Temps) follows the capers of a pair of thieves attempting to steal a precious sword; Durandal vs. Excalibur is a comedy performance that pits the English against the French; and the fun show Jean Pierre Cheval tells the story of an actor and his trick-performing horse. All three shows include a mix of theater, slapstick comedy, equestrian tricks, and horseback acrobatics, often performed at breakneck speed and accompanied by period costumes and music. A medieval-themed children’s playground and activities such as pony rides round out the offerings.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Performances are given exclusively in French, but while you might miss the odd joke, it’s easy to follow the action regardless.

  • Discounted entry is available for under 15s, and children under 6 are free. A combined ticket for all three shows is also available.

  • Shows last from 60 to 90 minutes.

  • Restrooms and a shop selling refreshments are on-site.

  • The venue is outdoors, so bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.

  • Durandal Park is wheelchair-accessible.

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How to Get There

The park is located in an open-air theater behind the chateau of Rocamadour, a well-signposted, 5-minute walk. Parking is available at the chateau, and the Little Train runs up the hill during the summer months.

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When to Get There

During the summer months of July and August, multiple performances are given daily. From mid-April to June and in September, shows take place on weekends only.

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Rocamadour

One of the highlights of the Dordogne Valley, the medieval village of Rocamadour looks like it was lifted straight off a postcard, with its mountaintop castle and old stone buildings clinging to the cliffside. It’s also an important pilgrimage site along the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is dotted with historic sanctuaries and chapels, most notably Notre Dame Chapel (aka the Miraculous Chapel), home to the 12th-century Black Madonna.

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