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If you ever wondered what it took to build a castle back in the 13th century, the Chantier Médiéval de Guédelon gives you the opportunity. A collection of master builders, including quarrymen, stonemasons, carpenter joiners, woodcutters, blacksmiths, tilers, carters and rope makers, are building a castle using only the techniques and materials of the 13th century. In addition to the actual castle, there is a village and a mill. Visitors can walk through the construction site and see what's being called a "21st-century medieval adventure." 

A visit to the Chantier Médiéval de Guédelon is like a trip back through time, according to recent travelers. Many especially appreciated having the opportunity to ask the master builders questions about their trades. However, some past visitors said that the attraction can get quite busy, especially at the on-site restaurant, recommending that you bring your own food to enjoy in the picnic area. 

You can purchase tickets to the Chantier Médiéval de Guédelon online in advance of your visit. Tickets cost 13 euros (about $16) for adults and 10 euros (approximately $12.50) for kids ages 5 to 17; children younger than 5 get in for free. Additional tours and workshops (in French only) cost extra. You'll find the medieval castle in the forests of Burgundy's Treigny region, about 115 miles west of Dijon. A car is the best way to reach the area. The site is open from mid-March to early November, starting at 10 a.m. and closing at 5:30, 6 or 7 p.m., depending on the time of year. For additional information, visit the Chantier Médiéval de Guédelon's website

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