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Grotte du Pech-Merle

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A, very good, prehistoric art gallery

I went in late June with my 11 year old son who has been doing the prehistoric era at school. It... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2018
French Alps
Stunning Cave Art and very good guides

We bring most of our visitors here and they all love it. The cave art is well preserved and the... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2018
Lauzerte, France
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One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
46330 Cabrerets, France
+33 5 65 31 27 05
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Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Site was well signposted and easy to park at. Views of the countryside were stunning on approach. However, upon approaching the kiosk to buy entry we were dismayed to see a notice (at only 12.30pm) saying that the site was at its limit of visitors...More

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

Hello, I'm sorry you had this disappointment. Indeed in this summer period, it is imperative to book his arrival to visit the cave. We try to let it know but that does not seem enough and we need to improve the information on the website....More

Reviewed 9 August 2018

I went in late June with my 11 year old son who has been doing the prehistoric era at school. It is top of the must see's in the Lot and so we thought that we should see it. I will start by saying that...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 9 August 2018

We bring most of our visitors here and they all love it. The cave art is well preserved and the presentation is great. Must book in advance in the high season.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

Visited several years ago on an organized tour. The set of caves has several “rooms” with a variety of drawings. The handprints remind th visitor that these drawings were made by real people in a complex society. My visit was earlier than Sept 2017, but...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 6 August 2018

We feel priviledged to have been able to see the Grotte du Pech-Merle! We started with a visit to the museum which gave great background to what we would see. This was followed by a terrific tour in English. Stunning is the word to describe...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank GottagowhileIcan
Reviewed 22 July 2018

The Peche Merle caves are one of those jewels that are excellent when you go but the experience grows on you as you slowly realise what you have seen. It is best to book ahead for a tour in your preferred language and we chose...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Glad we saw these stunning caves and amazing prehistoric art. Took the English tour and our guide was excellent. Make reservations online.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank rpperkins1
Reviewed 26 June 2018

The cave system at Peche Merle has some of the most magnificent cave art in the world, and we are fortunate that you can still visit it when so many other places are closed to the public. There are limited numbers of people that are...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Yelseltsew
Reviewed 19 June 2018

I recently took relatives to tour Pech Merle. They loved it, but I was somewhat disappointed because 1) I had purchased tickets for a tour in English on-line, but the tour was in French (which my relatives do not understand) and 2) the duration of...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 15 June 2018

This was my favorite cave that I visited in Dordogne-- you understand how people living 25,000 years ago may have felt viewing the rocks and stalagtites and stalagmites as well as the paintings-- the theory is that it was a religious site and you can...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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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
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
Barb B
11 April 2017|
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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