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Parc de la Prehistoire

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Address: Route de Banat, 09400 Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France
Phone Number: 0561051010
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Grand Atelier : audio-guides multilingues et adaptés aux enfants.Live...

Grand Atelier : audio-guides multilingues et adaptés aux enfants.Live the Prehistory!Covering 13 hectares, this unique site, for children and adults, invites you to travel to the origins of mankind and to plunge into the sources of art.The participative workshops are roofed and stay opened whatever the weather: discover the archaeology, the hunting, the art and the activities of a camp (the fire lighting and the flint knapping).The « Grand Atelier », this museum presents numerous art artefacts and facsimiles, like the Salon Noir and the « Niaux interdit » ones and also the main panel of Marsoulas cave, which is closed to the public.Services• Shop : books, souvenirs…• Restaurant.• Picnic area and outdoor playground.• Free kennel (dogs not allowed in the Park).• The « Grand Atelier »: multilingual and children commentaries.

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Fab day out in a beautiful location

We've been many times and it never fails as a great day out. The place was very quiet during October half term so no queuing for the spear-throwing! The guide was great, spoke... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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English first
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125 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been many times and it never fails as a great day out. The place was very quiet during October half term so no queuing for the spear-throwing! The guide was great, spoke good English and allowed our kids to have many attempts at throwing the spears. The museum is very well done and the kids' commentary is very good.... More 

Thank queribus
Crook, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This very much an educational experience, however they do make it fun and it is for all ages. There are many parts to this attraction which are interactive and the exhibits are of the highest quality. If you cannot get to Niaux the replica here is actually indistinguishable from the original.

Thank KtMehers
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

This is an attraction well worth visiting. You won't fully understand the significant prehistory of the Ariege unless you see it. As a prelude to the outdoor activities on offer, there is a large, indoor, self-guided exhibition space devoted to local prehistoric topics. The excellent English language commentary, which is very intelligently conceived, automatically changes as you go round points... More 

3 Thank loulourella
Nurmijarvi, Finland
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221 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Large outdoor park, which didn’t have much activies in September anymore or at the time which we visited. Maybe this is better attraction for the children. The museum was okay with ice age theme and prehistoric art. There were funny activity where you were able to race with a lion. Free parking.

Thank Cadhlan
Antrim, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

A terrific facility for visitors who plan to explore the caves in the area. Self-guiding wireless headsets are available in various languages for exploring the various elements of the vast indoor museum while outside in the 13 hectare parkland there are a variety of educational workshops on prehistoric hunting, making of flint tools, the creation of the cave drawings and,... More 

Thank Daniel F
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

we had never seen such a place so rich in culture and love for such a small area I would recommend this tour to all ... but the sun !!

Thank sindy j
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Lovely Park packed with useful information. The multi-language headphone self guided tour of ice age animals and prehistoric art was fascinating and a good urroductiob prior to visiting the caves. The other installations and demonstrations, particularly of stone age tools and making fire, were interesting, but unfortunately only in French, so my kids didn't get as much out of it... More 

Thank jswestern
Hove, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I have been to a fair few family attractions in this part of the world that have not entirely delivered on the publicity but this could not have been more different. We did not have time to fully explore the outdoor opportunities but the indoor exhibition was absolutely breathtaking. I can't imagine there is a better introduction to cave painting... More 

1 Thank Simon E
Saverdun, France
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We expected to spend on maximim 2 hours in this parc but we were there during 6h and that still was to short. There is a lovely restaurant but I recommend to take a picnic because there are nice places to sit and relax. We really liked activities proposed for us, especially an Atelier d'archéologie were we learnt a lot.... More 

Thank 608Marta
Surrey, England
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142 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

A super venue where visitors of all ages can happily spend several hours. There is an excellent restaurant on the site offering good food at affordable prices (13 euros for two courses and 16 euros for three courses). Earphones offering a commentary in a variety of languages are available for the exhibits in the main centre and an explanatory leaflet... More 

Thank André l'Anglais

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