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Cave of Font-de-Gaume

4 avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
+33 5 53 06 86 00
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Stunning rock-art

Extraordinary prehistoric cave paintings in a remarkable state of preservation considering they are... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Laurie W
Calne, United Kingdom

An amazing experience! The only polychromatic prehistoric paintings in Europe that you can actually... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Bordeaux, France
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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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4 avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
+33 5 53 06 86 00
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Reviewed yesterday

Extraordinary prehistoric cave paintings in a remarkable state of preservation considering they are at least 15,000 years old. Only 100 people per day allowed, so you either book well ahead or queue early morning and hope to be one of the 52 lucky ones. Memorable.

Thank Laurie W
Reviewed 6 days ago

An amazing experience! The only polychromatic prehistoric paintings in Europe that you can actually see (and not as a reproduction). It was beautiful, and the guide was passionate, much fun and knowleadgeable. Access to the caves is very limited, nearly exclusive: only 80 people per...More

1  Thank Hyoga83
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are in this area , do not miss coming here for your selection of wines to take home . The tasting and the assistance provided was very he Paul and my son in law coils finally decide after liking what it offered ....More

Thank kamakshi2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Superb visit - these caves are spectacular. So moving to see art created by our earliest ancestors. We loved this. Our guide, who spoke great English, was not only knowledgeable but thoughtful about the artists and their possible intentions - who knew French existentialism could...More

Thank VMB76
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in August, and had already booked. Places are limited, so I would recommend booking in advance. I did this by email. Staff are extremely helpful. We have visited many caves in the last week, and this was our final one. I am glad...More

Thank Clare G
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

We arrived 07.20 on a July morning, and were already #23 in the queue. There are only 52 visitors every day, the first arrived 07.00, the last to get a ticket 07.50. In other words, come as early as possible in high season. The staff...More

Thank Guillaume R
Reviewed 27 July 2017

It's wonderful to experience authentic cave paintings. To have the privilege to see the actual work created by our ancestors and to stand where they stood. Awe inspiring! What makes this experience even more spectacular is listening to a guide who make the paintings come...More

1  Thank jomo753
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Cave of Font-de-Gaume was a fantastic experience. We feel very privileged to see this beautiful cave and most importantly to have a English tour guide. It is not one you can do by a tour. As previously stated the tickets are limited to 52 people...More

Thank amhappytotravel
Reviewed 25 July 2017

This cave is absolutely amazing! To think prehistoric man actually made drawings and sketches that we can now see and appreciate is breathtaking. The drawings are very complete, mostly outlines but with the aid of your guide, very clear. With so many prehistoric artifacts hidden...More

1  Thank DanandCollette
Reviewed 23 July 2017

One of the few original caves open to the public - for how long I don't know. A couple of things - there are 52 numbered seats on arrival. We got there at 8.00 and was already at number. 39. If you arrive and the...More

Thank Stephen M
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Serena L
24 June 2017|
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Response from Rudy A | Reviewed this property |
It's fine if you have any tolerance for the cold whatsoever.
29 April 2017|
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Response from P1263LOchris | Reviewed this property |
When we were there in January this year, it was a definite no, which we found odd, but clear! Whether that changes later in the year, I don't know. Information on the web is minimal, unclear and contradictory. Best way is... More
Kaajal B
13 March 2017|
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Response from JMVB | Reviewed this property |
There's no online booking, although I assume they will set this up eventually. It's hard for me to respond precisely as I gather I can't quote contact links! The cave's website gives its phone number and postal address, and... More