The 10 Best Things to Do in Brantome, France

January 1, 2018 Russell Mellin

Discover the best top things to do in Brantome, France including Brantome Police Horses & Friends, Chateau de Bourdeilles, Abbaye de Brantome, Brantome Market, Brantome Canoe, Les Croisieres de Brantome, Allo Canoes, Savonnerie de Brantome, Boat Day Tour - L'Arche de Noe, Office de Tourisme Perigord Dronne Belle.
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1. Brantome Police Horses & Friends

La Grange | St Pancrace, Near Brantome, 24530 Brantome, France +33 5 53 05 86 80
Excellent
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5 based on 219 reviews

Brantome Police Horses & Friends

Providing a loving and final home for retired British Police horses. Brantome Police Horses provides care and rehabilitation for many horses and ponies alongside donkeys, dogs, cats, sheep, goats and chickens. We are situated in the heart of the countryside, ten minutes north of Brantome, South West France. Our primary aim is to provide a safe and caring environment for retired British Police Horses, for the rest of their lives. We open to the public on certain afternoons - always a Wednesday afternoon. Other afternoons will be specified on the home page of our website. We enjoy having people to visit and it is used as part of the rehabilitation process for some of our animals. We provide a great tea and there is a lovely gift shop to browse. With your help, we can give these animals the best possible care, for the rest of their lives. "Saving just one horse will not change the world, but surely it will change the world for that one horse."

Reviewed By newtraveller58 - Cambuslang, United Kingdom

We had an excellent afternoon here during our recent stay in the Dordogne. La Grange is a beautiful setting in the countryside a few kilometres from Brantome (between Perigeux and Angouleme). The visit includes a short talk and presentation explaining the background to the facility, followed by the opportunity to meet a number of the retired police horses. It was fascinating to hear their stories and the bravery they had exhibited while working. After that the afternoon tea including home made scones and cakes with tea or coffee rounded the afternoon off superbly. My wife and our friend Jim are both Coeliacs and the gluten free scone and lemon drizzle cake were both judged to be top notch. This is a very relaxed afternoon with the opportunity to spend more time with the horses after tea as well as visiting the gift shop if you wish to support the work further.

2. Chateau de Bourdeilles

Place de la Halle, 24310 Bourdeilles, France +33 5 53 03 73 36
Excellent
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4.5 based on 255 reviews

Chateau de Bourdeilles

Major site of Aquitaine, Listed as Historic monument. Stop for Sunday strollers, this barony will enchant art and history lovers. Two Castles from different periods, built on a rock Terrace surrounded by a rampart, are overlooking the Dronne.

Reviewed By CJDartmouth - Dartmouth, United Kingdom

There wasn't a great deal to see and it was a bit uninspiring inside. The restoration seemed unsympathetic.

3. Abbaye de Brantome

Boulevard Charlemagne, 24310 Brantome, France +33 5 53 05 80 63
Excellent
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4 based on 349 reviews

Abbaye de Brantome

Open from 10:00 am to 13:00am and from 14:00pm to 18:00pm. Tickets vending machine on the spot (Bank card only) or ticketing at the Tourist Office. Self-guided tour with 34 explanatories signs. From April to November: guided-tours in French of the church, the chapter house, the cloister and the Bell-tower (written translation in english). Ticketing and information at the Tourist Office. Latest entries sold at 12:15am and 17:15pm. Troglodytic site of the Abbey of Brantome: a circuit bearing witness of the traces of occupation of the Benedictine monks from the 8th century. Dwellings, dovecotes, Fountain St. Sicarius (Saint-Sicaire), sculpted cave known as the “cave of the Last Judgment” in which two bas-reliefs are to be found (one of them being very enigmatic)

Reviewed By aldernodules - Coleraine, United Kingdom

The "city" dates back many centuries and there is evidence around every corner. The useful guide leads you to particularly special architectural and historic features. We spent a relaxed 2 hours, and parking is free or modest. Entertaining is the constant stream of canoists trying to get over the weird. The Abbey is supposed to be the main feature of the city, and the caves are interesting, but the city's buildings were the best feature for me.

4. Brantome Market

Centre-Ville, 24310 Brantome, France
Excellent
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4.5 based on 88 reviews

Brantome Market

Reviewed By nick171960 - Exmouth, United Kingdom

Of the markets we have visited this is by far our favourite. Whilst the picturesque town of Brantome attracts lots of tourists in the holiday season it still attracts lots of locals helping to retain its Frenchness. There are lots of nice places to eat and drink. I particularly enjoy a crepe from the van in the market. I would also recommend the boat trip and if you are feeling energetic the canoeing. The number of stalls does drop considerably outside the holiday season.

5. Brantome Canoe

14 avenue Andre Maurois, 24310 Brantome, France
Excellent
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4.5 based on 133 reviews

Brantome Canoe

Reviewed By s0ph1e2014 - Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Perfect, gentle river for children and families. Park in a big car park just past the main town where the canoe centre is. They are really helpful and launch you into the water. We chose just a one hour hire in the afternoon, perfect little tour around Brantome which is a large island I suppose. nice Bridges and an abbey to pass. Note: There are 2 wiers to navigate but we just dropped over the first and climber the 2nd(not too big). My kids thought this was fun.

6. Les Croisieres de Brantome

Avenue Pierre de Bourdeille, 24310 Brantome, France +33 5 53 04 74 71
Excellent
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4 based on 129 reviews

Les Croisieres de Brantome

A splendid commented cruise 50 minutes to discover from the river the charms of Venice of the Périgord and the rich architectural heritage of Brantome. The electric boat with 49 seats will transport you in peacefully. A wonderful trip not to be missed!

Reviewed By lovesangria - London, United Kingdom

We booked this for 4 English people as it said they did English tours. When we turned up we were just handed some sheets of english information in poly pockets. The guide at the front spoke perfect English (would say he was about 46) but he did everything in french. Not even a hello in English or tell us where we were on the guide. He kept putting his hat on and off, flicking his head, walking around, stretching and even worse he was rude (in french) to anyone who was in front of the boat. Awful man and ruined our trip. Most of the time on the way back was just floating around and we still returned early,

7. Allo Canoes

Lieu Dit les Pres | Le bas Châtelet, 24310 Brantome, France
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Allo Canoes

The base(basis) situated outside the city of BRANTÔME shares with you its free parking lot for cars and campers as well as its green space in river bank fitted out by a picnic area and by private toilet. Rent in the half-day, a day, or several days, open activities to all. The hike(ride) in Canoes or Kayaks will make you discover the city by means of an accessible(approachable) river to all. Its rich and diversified fauna(crowd) will leave with you an unforgettable memory(souvenir). Dronne, atypical and fascinating river...

Reviewed By Mags - Nontron, France

We have a very small campsite in the Dordogne. Two of our campers wanted to go canoeing. We called Allo Canoes in Brantome on Wednesday 13/5/15 and reserved 2 kayaks RDV time 10.00 on Friday 15/5/15. Our campers duly turned up only to find no-one there and a chain across the gate. They waited around for a while, then left. On their return to our campsite they expressed their disappointment at what had happened. On telephoning the operator, after a couple of feeble excuses he eventually gave the excuse that as the weather didn't look so good he decided that our campers wouldn't turn up so didn't bother to 1) call us - he had our number or 2) go to the location to check if they were there waiting. He did offer the guys a free trip next time they come to France!!!
There was no misunderstanding as the whole conversation with the operator was done in fluent French.
Now is that a way to run a business? At least a quick call to say are you coming? or I think maybe the weather is not suitable. Common courtesy.
We will not be recommending them again as we were put in a very embarrassing situation. Fortunately there is another company operating canoe hire in Brantome.

8. Savonnerie de Brantome

20 rue Victor Hugo, 24310 Brantome, France +33 5 53 08 81 62
Excellent
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Savonnerie de Brantome

Reviewed By Fasaig - Torridon, United Kingdom

If you are looking for soap, as we were, or for a gift to take home, you could do worse than stop here. The selection of soap is good and the prices are not extravagant. Good service makes shopping here a pleasant experience.Hello, Thank you very much for your comment. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed your visit in my shop. See you soon.

9. Boat Day Tour - L'Arche de Noe

Place du Marche, Brantome, France
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 32 reviews

Boat Day Tour - L'Arche de Noe

Reviewed By DesdinovaUK - Dover, United Kingdom

There are 2 boat tours available on the river at Brantome, of the two L'Arche de Noe is my preferred choice, being a smaller (16 seat If my memory serves me) punt pushed along by the operator, (the other operator offers motor powered tour boats).
Trip is pleasant, taking you along the river with lovely views of the town, out into the countryside nearby. There are ruins on one bank.
The water ends up very shallow, the boat grounding on the gravel bottom, sometimes necessitating the passengers moving forward or astern to get the boat moving again - all part of the experience.
The punter - an old man - spoke only French and his commentary was therefore in that language.

10. Office de Tourisme Perigord Dronne Belle

2 rue Puyjoli de Meyjounissas | Église Notre-Dame, 24310 Brantome, France +33 5 53 05 80 63
Excellent
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4 based on 39 reviews

Office de Tourisme Perigord Dronne Belle

The Notre-Dame church was built in the early 16th century by cardinal Amanieu d’Albret, commendatory abbot of Saint-Pierre (St. Peter) Abbey of Brantome, in order that the villagers could have a parish church within the city. The single nave is covered with rib vaults. A bartizan belfry rises at the angle facing the bridge. The church was deconsecrated in the 19th century and was converted into a covered market and village hall. It now houses the PERIGORD Dronne Belle Tourist Office in Brantome. From December to February: Certified truffle market on Friday mornings (9:00-12:00 AM)

Reviewed By Brian-Snellgrove - Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom

We went in to find out when the market day was. We had got it wrong but were informed that it was Friday.
They are well stocked with literature as they should be with such a popular place.
They were helpful and efficient. Can't ask for more.

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