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Grotte du Pech-Merle

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Address: Cabrerets, 46330 Cabrerets, France
Phone Number: 05 65 31 27 05
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Description: One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.

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A fascinating cave with prehistoric drawings - also a good place to visit when the sun gets too much!

A valuable and interesting experience. Also a place to visit to get out of the hot sun! Worth a visit - you should phone and book as visits are by groups of about 10 with a guide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Cahors, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

A valuable and interesting experience. Also a place to visit to get out of the hot sun! Worth a visit - you should phone and book as visits are by groups of about 10 with a guide and numbers are limited in July/August.. There is usually one visit a day in English which is very well done so worth booking... More 

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Occitania, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

A must for those who are interested in prehistoric art. I loved the visit but then again, I am a bit of a fan of the period and had just finished reading Supernatural by Graham Hancock! The paintings are really wonderful and the commentary was interesting. I enjoyed the museum also. Don't forget it gets cool under ground, so bring... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

It's not everyday you can admire 30,000 years old drawings! The cave is beautiful and you can appreciate what the trust is trying to do by limiting visitors (beware in the summer, they will turn you away if you haven't booked and they have more than 700 visitors that day!). The visit is made with a guide who tells you... More 

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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We booked an English tour ahead of time - you don't have to pay ahead, just show up with enough time before the tour starts to pay for your tickets. Our guide spoke excellent English and was quite vivacious. Extremely interesting place - amazing that we are seeing original drawings from 30,000 years ago! Wear a sweater or jacket -... More 

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Vayrac, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This was our second visit to Pech Merle. The first time, 8 years ago, we were foreign tourists; this time we were local residents, taking 7 members of our family. It was just as fascinating and moving as before. The tour is guided and takes over an hour. The temperature below ground is a constant 12 degrees (though it was... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

The one hour tour through the caves and grottos is amazing.Although the guided tour was in French, we were given an English translation to follow.The prehistoric cave art is unbelievable and the lighting is well placed to give the best effects. This is the best grotto we saw in the area, and beats Lascaux by miles! Take a coat, it... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

When talking about caves in Perigord everybody thinks of the Gouffre de Padirac. Nevertheless the Grotte du Pech Merle is to my opinion much more interesting. Situated in the town of Cabrerets if offers not only the wonderful sight of stalactites but most importantly wonderfully preserved prehistoric wall paintings. Pech Merle was discovered in 1922 by 2 teenagers who were... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We understood that they had had to close Lascaux to try to preserve it and read about pech merle which also had paintings and even some etchings. We went to this cave but had read that the guiding was only done in English. We were pleasantly surprised to have them hand us a laminated pamphlet for ur use while in... More 

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cincinnati
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Here in France, a country of art and beauty, it is stunning to stand before 29,000 year old cave drawings and contemplate the human need for artistic expression. We pre-booked online for the English language morning tour, and I am so glad we did. This is a unique experience - one of the very few prehistoric caves that the public... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We visited three caves this trip: Font de Gaume, Lascaux II and Pech-Merle. Pech-Merle is quite a bit older than the other two and the art found here is a more primitive, consisting of mostly drawings rather than paintings. The most interesting piece here is a pair of dotted horses with negative hand prints around them. This cave is considerably... More 

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Additional Information about Grotte du Pech-Merle

Address: Address: Cabrerets, 46330 Cabrerets, France
Phone Number: 05 65 31 27 05
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Midi-Pyrenees  >  Lot  >  Cabrerets
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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