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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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prehistoric painings and and interesting visit whihc felt like a pribilage to vist. Adults and teenagers enjoyed it.

We spent an interesting morning here on our canoeing holiday. The number of visitors per day is limited as too many would raise the temperature and humidity and damage the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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Swansea United kingdom
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Swansea United kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We spent an interesting morning here on our canoeing holiday. The number of visitors per day is limited as too many would raise the temperature and humidity and damage the paintings Bring a jumper even if it is in the 40s outside. If you would like a tour in English or a few other languages h is best book a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Sure ... visit the Louvre ... visit Orsay. Get your fill of Monet and Manet and the rest. But here the prehistoric art is 25,000 years old, give or take a century, and must have been done by torchlight. It would be a shame to miss the world heritage quality cave sites in France. Can't speak for the rest of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Our family, including 13 year-old granddaughter, visited the end of June during the European heat wave. It was an almost surreal experience to stand amongst the drawings and wonder about the artists. Our English-speaking guide was great and extremely well-versed about the cave and its history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

To me the most interesting is not necessarily the paintings. Ok, there is a bit of emotion thinking about our ancestors tripping in the cave. But the space is so beautiful, geology wise, so diverse you could get lost. Unfortunately the guided tour remains centered on the talking and less on the silence and observation. A good hint. Off-season, on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We saw Font de Gaume, Roufignac, Lascaux II, and several others. We especially liked Pech Merle. It's a beautiful set of caverns, with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. And the art was the best we saw. Even more memorable is seeing a footprint that is at least 12,000 years old...

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Cahors, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

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

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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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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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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Additional Information about Grotte du Pech-Merle

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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