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Grotte du Pech-Merle

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Superb real pre-historic cave art

Booked on line for the English speaking tour which lasted 50mins. Spectacular cave system with... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2017
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Best site for visiting real pre-historic cave art

Reserved tickets on line; very easy and efficient. Cost is very reasonable and saves a great deal... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2017
Clanton, Alabama
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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 5 September 2017

Booked on line for the English speaking tour which lasted 50mins. Spectacular cave system with stunning cave paintings 20,000 years old. Very interesting museum with video worth watching before entering the cave so you are more prepared to appreciate the markings fully. Wear sturdy footwear...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

Reserved tickets on line; very easy and efficient. Cost is very reasonable and saves a great deal of time. We drove from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Albi with a stop to tour Pech Merle. With a reservation in hand you bypass the ticket office and go directly...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank aredbyrd
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Most interesting and well organised grotto A must do place to see and wonder at. Take warm clothin because cave is much cooler than outside. English speaking guide was very good , and knowledgable.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank roger4shaw
Reviewed 29 August 2017

it was a fabulous visit, with an English tour lasting around an hour, it was amazing to see real cave paintings and carvings from 20K years ago rather than a relica that was only 20 years old! Much more impressive, but being able to order...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Sue H
Reviewed 29 August 2017

All advice was to book in advance - I'm glad we did, as there were signs up when we arrived saying all tours for the day were full. The tourist leaflet suggested we could book by phone, but when I phoned, there was a recorded...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Sosmall07
Reviewed 28 August 2017

This is an amazing place to visit. From the exhibition at the entrance, a description of the site (in French) and the visit to the cave with views of some incredible pictures of animals and the iconic hand motif, done in prehistoric times. This is...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank larry890
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Wow! What an experience, There aren't many caves where you can still see the original paintings up close. Booked online as recommended, as numbers are limited. All the guides speak really good English, and although we were they only non french speakers on the tour,...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank proth2
Reviewed 22 August 2017

We booked ahead and on arrival were first given a film in English and met our guide. The cave is extremely interesting, with excellent depictions of animals as well as hand prints and even a very rare footprint, so that you can feel the presence...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Chris G
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Pech Merle is a fantastic journey to the prehistoric world.Excellent and competent expanations by the guide. The only problem is the reservation process by internet: Take care to make sure that the date and time is OK, because there is absolutely no chance to change

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Karl4104
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Very interesting place. A special thing is that in this cave you see real - not copies - of prehistorical paintings. First you seat for a 10-15mn introduction and then follow your well trained guide for a discovery of the cave and the painting. The...More

Date of experience: August 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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