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Cave of Font-de-Gaume

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Address: 4 avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
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+33 5 53 06 86 00
09:30 - 12:30
14:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Fri 09:30 - 12:30
14:00 - 17:30

The Font-de-Gaume cave is a marvellous example of prehistoric art from the...

The Font-de-Gaume cave is a marvellous example of prehistoric art from the Madgalenian period with a truly remarkable group of polychrome wall paintings and engravings. For reasons of conservation, the number of visitors is limited to 180 each day with a maximum of 12 people per group. Cave of the Vezere valley designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > 15th May to 15th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. > 16th September to 14th May: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last visit at 4 p.m. Open in accordance with conservation necessities. Closed: > Saturdays. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

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To see the engravings made by people 16,000 years ago is an awe inspiring experience . The quality of the work, the way in which they use the shapes in the rock to fit their... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To see the engravings made by people 16,000 years ago is an awe inspiring experience . The quality of the work, the way in which they use the shapes in the rock to fit their chosen image is so skillful, but for me it was the connection to people so long ago, that our humanity is shared, that was so... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I feel very lucky to have seen the Font-de-Gaume. If you have just a little bit of interest of pre-history... This is one of those places on the planet that just... a wonder unknown. It´s an ode to nature, expressions of the humble recognition of man´s place in the world, the atmosphere is that of an ancient temple, except this... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Grotto de Font-de-Gaune is the only shot we had to look at real 25,000-14,000 year old prehistoric polychrome cave paintings. The steep climb was rewarded by a 12 person at-a-time walking tour into the bowels of the underground caverns. The guided tour is in French with a few key words of English - but not many. If you have the... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

One of the very few places to see the real, original cave paintings. Very few are allowed in so reserve ahead or show up in person before they open in the morning. Only one ticket per person, so make sure you are all there.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

There are two types of visitors to any attraction, the tourist and the traveller. To put this simply, you know who you are. If you're a tourist, head to Lascaux or even the newly opened Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave in the Ardèche (the drive there is easy, plenty of facilities, like getting educated at a paleolithic theme park), but if you're a... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Small group tours available in French or English. Admission limited to 78 people per day. Get there early to buy your tickets.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Grotto Font de Guame provided some great examples of cave drawings, bisons and horses particularly. We had an excellent English speaking guide who was animated and passionate about displaying the drawings under correct lighting conditions and with a laser pointer to help identify the portions of the drawings as they were sometimes difficult to see based on age/condition or positioning... More 

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Long Beach, CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Sorry, but all 8 of us thought this was totally underwhelming. We went in early September, arrived early, and got on an afternoon tour. Our guide was very enthusiastic and, indeed, his excitement was the best part of the visit since it helped keep us excited. The cave is touted as the "best example of polychrome cave art still open... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This so exceeded expectations. The guide was so passionate that it made it so enjoyable. A true step into history with the advantage of knowing what comes next.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

The Font-de-Gaume cave is well worth the effort. We went on Sunday, 2 October arriving around 8:00 and were 11th and 12th in line (there are 12 people per tour). Between our arrival and the opening at 9:30 only a handful of people came. As mentioned by other reviewers, when you arrive there is numbered seating to help with organisation,... More 

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