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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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Go before it is closed to the public. You need to purchase tickets in advance to insure date and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Stephen H
Arroyo Grande, California
Exceptional Experience

Having just finished "The Cave Painters" by Greg Curtis, I paid a visit to this ancient site and it... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2017
Tallahassee, Florida
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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 4 days ago

Go before it is closed to the public. You need to purchase tickets in advance to insure date and time of visitation. Breathtaking Magdalenian cave paintings.

Thank Stephen H
Reviewed 5 December 2017

Having just finished "The Cave Painters" by Greg Curtis, I paid a visit to this ancient site and it exceeded expectations. The art is fantastic even before considering its age. Not a reproduction (not that there's anything wrong with that). See it soon before they...More

Thank eflaherty2002
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

Well at least there wasn’t a crowd lined up when we visited in November! Maybe the -2° put them off. The cave was very warm actually so no drama there. If you like a bit of history then what we saw was breathtaking. Stretching across...More

1  Thank shintaro1
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Don't miss this cave...the only cave open to the public that has drawings in color. This cave has amazing pictures drawn by Cro Magnans over 14,000 years ago. Our guide was outstanding and the five bison drawings were a sight we will never forget.

Thank Marilyn B
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

The caves at Font de Gaume are unique in that people are still allowed to see the cave drawings made by people 15,000 years ago--although they severely limit the number who can see it each day. For that reason if you plan ahead the best...More

Thank CarolinaBecky
Reviewed 31 October 2017

We tried getting into this site and queued for an hour only to be turned away at the gate. We were there before opening and the guy who turned us away treated us with contempt. We had travelled 36 hours by plane from New Zealand...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Three years ago, my husband and I arrived at 6AM to get in but we were too late. They only allow a certain amount of people in per day so get there early or make a reservation. There is good reason for this but we...More

Thank wanttoseetheworld65
Reviewed 4 October 2017

To see even a brief glimpse of the cave paintings available to tourists evokes many emotions.We can only speculate about why the Paleolithic artists created these beautiful drawings and but we can't deny their humanity. Our guide has been leading tours for 20 years. He...More

Thank MrsPengachoosa
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Why isn't the title 'Grotte de Font-de-Gaume' the French name? As advised my our hotel front desk, we got there early 7:30 am to be sure of a space. We were numbers 3 & 4 and thus got in the first group which was in...More

1  Thank BabyboomerCalgary
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I went on a really hot day and it was a relief to be out of the sun. I am claustrophobic and had a minutes panic when I realised we were going to be locked in the cave. The Guide was lovely...More

1  Thank katharinehatlady
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17 January 2018|
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Response from Clare G | Reviewed this property |
"UPDATE 1 January 2018: as of January 2018 it is no longer possible to buy tickets in advance for Font de Gaume, Les Combarelles and Abri Cap Blanc. Each cave has its own quota of available tickets, and all of these will be... More
6 January 2018|
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Response from CarolinaBecky | Reviewed this property |
We were off-season (late October), got there at 8;30 and were almost at the end of the group waiting in line who would get tickets. March is probably off-season too. However, to be sure I would buy in advance. I have... More
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.