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Grotte du Pech-Merle

Closed Now: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Open today: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Magical

A visit to these caves is not to be missed if you are in the area. We were here at the end of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Trippysarah
Wow! We walked in the footsteps of prehistoric humans!

The vastness of this cave system and the wonderful prehistoric art and artefacts makes you wonder... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2019
mgpennisi
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One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.
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46330 Cabrerets, France
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit to these caves is not to be missed if you are in the area. We were here at the end of August so managed to get an entrance time fairly easily. Apparently, if we had been a week earlier we would have need...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Trippysarah
Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Trippysarah, thank you for your appreciation and this useful advices. hoping to welcome you again soon.

Reviewed 16 January 2019

The vastness of this cave system and the wonderful prehistoric art and artefacts makes you wonder how those early humans were able to find their way and to do the artworks that they did. Just an amazing direct connection to our forebears!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2019

Hello mgpennisi thank you for your message ! in fact by visiting the cave you put your footsteps in those of our ancestors: see in the cave footprints dated at least 12 000 years ... Looking forward to welcoming you again to Pech Merle

Reviewed 13 November 2018

We visited this extraordinary site in early October 2018, having bought tickets a few weeks in advance for the English speaking tour. The visual wonder of this site is quite spectacular, and the paintings are remarkably well preserved. What was lacking was the ability of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2018

Hello and thank you for your comment. We take into account your remarks regarding the quality of the visit in English. This concerns one of our guides who actually needs additional training. I hope you will come back to visit the cave with another guide...More

Reviewed 30 October 2018

Enjoyed the tour and the museum. The guide who only spoke French tried to fill in any gaps and they provided the script in English. Paintings are clear and the effort to maintain authenticity with the way the grotto has been dug out for the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2018

Hello and thank you for your comment. It is true that the paintings of Pech Merle are easy to see despite their seniority! The state of conservation of these drawings is exceptional that is why we take all the arrangements to preserve this treasure! Around...More

Reviewed 26 October 2018

Friends who are currently living in France and have visited the caves on numerous occasions took us to see them. We attempted to book an English speaking tour online but the time was sold out so we agreed to take the tour in French (which...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2018

Thank you for your comments on your visit. The guides of the cave do the best possible to accompany you in the discovery of the cave and these drawings in the limited time of the visit. We are happy to know that you have been...More

Reviewed 20 October 2018

We visited Pech-Merle while on a bike tour through the Lot Valley. It was well worth the climb up the mountain! The opportunity to see this kind of early human creativity close up is not something you can do every day. The tour takes you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2018

Thank you for your message and your comments on your visit. Indeed to protect the prehistoric drawings the time of visit in the cave is limited. It is necessary to continue to be able to show these paintings to the public. For people with disabilities...More

Reviewed 19 October 2018

One of the most interesting places my husband and I have ever toured. Don't let the fact that you may not understand French deter you from taking this fascinating tour to view prehistoric cave art. No words are necessary to appreciate the fact that you...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2018

Thank you for your message and your very positive feedback on your visit. It is a good idea to also see the Cougnac cave which also shows authentic paintings dated from the same period as Pech Merle. Note that Pech Merle and Cougnac is in...More

Reviewed 18 October 2018

We really enjoyed this cave. We had toured Font Du Gaume in Dordogne which was amazing but this cave allows its visitors to see more and spend more time in the cave. I believe this is because it is larger and more open. Our guide...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2018

Hello, Thank you for your message. We are happy to know that you liked this beautiful cave and its paintings. Looking forward to seeing you again at Pech Merle!

Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

We booked an English tour on line for our group of six. We arrived in good time and meet our young guide. She was charming and very informative. Be sure to catch the video on n the museum before your tour. It gives a great...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2018

Hello, Thank you for your message. We are pleased that you enjoyed the discovery of this cave and its paintings. See you soon in Pech Merle!

Reviewed 9 October 2018

We had a memorable visit to the cave of Pech Merle. My father had been to the original Lascaux caves before they were closed off to the public in 1963...and he said this was just as amazing. Its remarkable that you're able to see paintings...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Bertrand D, Responsable relations publiques at Grotte du Pech-Merle, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2018

Hello and thank you for your message. It is the particularity of Pech Merle to see these authentic paintings so closely! I specify that if your visit is in French your guide gives you a translated booklet in your language so that the essential information....More

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PFM4941
22 May 2018|
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Response from liora5352 | Reviewed this property |
In order to preserve the drawings they allow only 700 visitors per day. In July they are open until 18:00. As it likely to be crowded in July you need to reserve a place on their site. The entry is made by groups escorted by... More
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Joanne J
31 May 2017|
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Response from Lorna P | Reviewed this property |
Hi - the trick is to arrive early enough to see the video at the upper level of the attraction. It is subtitled. Otherwise, frankly, the plastic hand out is pretty useless as your guide is pointing stuff out on the walls... More
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Barb B
11 April 2017|
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Response from Bertrand D | Property representative |
The best place to stop is Bouzies (7 km from the cave, it's the closest). Then you can go to Pech Merle by bike (be careful, the last 2 km go up strong) or by taxi (see Taxi Merle, mobile 06 03 15 41 67). You can also reach... More
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