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Grotte du Pech-Merle

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Our Favorite Cave in the Dordogne

Of the 3 caves we saw during our visit in the Dordogne, this was our favorite. In addition to... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2018
Harpswell, Maine
Terrific cave paintings in the Perigord region of France

We saw two caves during our week in the Dordogne and this was one. We wanted to secure tickets... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2018
Ann Arbor, MI
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One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.
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46330 Cabrerets, France
+33 5 65 31 27 05
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

Of the 3 caves we saw during our visit in the Dordogne, this was our favorite. In addition to really interesting cave art, it has also stalactites and stalagmites as the the cave continues to form. It is also a bit out of the way,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

We saw two caves during our week in the Dordogne and this was one. We wanted to secure tickets before we left the US and this cave permitted advance ticket purchases online. Some of the caves are small and almost feel like a family operation,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

I had no idea what to expect at the grotto and was blown away by the experience of the visit. Our guide was great - her enthusiasm for the grotto and all its treasures was infectious. Her commentary was given in French, but the English...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Jenny M
Reviewed 6 May 2018

This is a must see if you are in the area. There is an introductory video which is a part of the tour. Our guide only spoke limited English, but he went out of his way to point out the most interesting features to us...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

The visit of the cave is organized by groups and no more than 700 visitors can be allowed to visit per day in order to maintain the right level of carbon monoxide and preserve the prehistoric drawing on its walls. Every group is allowed something...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

It's one of few caves in France which features prehistoric paintings and is open to the public (most are closed). The tour lasts about 45 minutes plus a pre-visit introduction, and is supplemented by a museum and helpful film (in French with English sub-titles) which...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Dilbertfan
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Absolutely fabulous caves with amazing staligtite and stalagmite formations. Add to that the 30,000 year old cave drawings and you have an unforgettable experience. Not having great French we booked on the English speaking tour. Our guide explained the history of the caves and the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
5  Thank Shelley H
Reviewed 23 October 2017

This was a very moving and wonderful experience. These are the actual paintings, not reproductions, and show how very human our ancestors were from what we were told was 29,000 years ago. The mammoths painted on the walls were still roaming the earth. And the...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank GreatBearCaifornia
Reviewed 20 October 2017

I always wanted to see 'prehistoric cave paintings'. It's rare when a lifelong imagined experience is exceeded by the real experience; but this one did! To be in the presence of man made art over 20,000 years old in a spectacular stalactite and stalagmite laden...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Brooklinemichael
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Our visit to Peche Merle was one of the most thought-provoking and moving experiences I've ever had. Who made these stunning paintings? Why? How did others react when they first saw the portraits of familiar animals drawn by their own people? There can't ever be...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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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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