Chateau de Fumel was built to help defend the Lot Valley during the Hundred years War. It is now the Fumel town hall (marie)

It was badly damaged during the Hundred Years War, and having been extensively rebuilt in the 15th century. More work was carried out in the 18th century – including the external gardens and terracing.

After the revolution the castle towers were ordered to be destroyed. The terraced formal gardens are very pretty and has great views across the Lot river and the valley. Both the chateau and gardens are listed as Historic Monuments. It is a great place to take some scenic photographs.

It is worth a visit if you are in Fumel, because it is just behind the tourist office.

Posted by Tas Finnigan.

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