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Grotte de Niaux

Vierge de Niaux | At the end of its own one lane access road above the hamlet of Niaux, 09400 Niaux, France
+33 5 61 05 10 10
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we have visited already many different caves, throughout Europe. This one is one of our favorites... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Salima K
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Brugge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Great experience

We took our 2 boys (11 & 13) during our summer trip and are so glad we made the drive over to the... read more

Reviewed February 16, 2018
Krissy C
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Nashville, Tennessee
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A giant of the prehistory ! Niaux Cave is one of the last decorated caves still open to the public. An 800-metre walk will take you to the Salon Noir, a majestic room where more than 80 paintings of animals offer themselves to you. For conservation reasons, the number of people and the length of the
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  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“in advance” (14 reviews)
“bison” (18 reviews)
“cave paintings” (29 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Vierge de Niaux | At the end of its own one lane access road above the hamlet of Niaux, 09400 Niaux, France
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+33 5 61 05 10 10
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we have visited already many different caves, throughout Europe. This one is one of our favorites. Our 9 year old was very excited and the tour did not disappoint. armed with a light each, and high expectations, we enjoyed every second of the tour. the...More

Thank Salima K
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Reviewed February 16, 2018

We took our 2 boys (11 & 13) during our summer trip and are so glad we made the drive over to the cave. The drawings were awesome and it was just a nice break from the crowds, beaches, etc. Gorgeous views all around too...More

1  Thank Krissy C
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Reviewed January 4, 2018

The cave has a 20-30 minute walk into its depths (mind your head!). We went on an English spoken tour and saw the grafitti from previous centuries and eventually the paintings from 13-14k years ago. The main cave is huge and the sound carries beautifully....More

1  Thank angus_kitwe
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Reviewed December 23, 2017 via mobile

In one sentence: this place is amazing and the prehistoric drawings will touch the deepest sites of your heart. A truly emotional visit, you will remember the Salon Noir for the rest of your life.

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Reviewed November 7, 2017

Very impressive tour where it is possible to see for yourself prehistoric drawings. As it is nowhere else possible to see such drawings because they are all very much protected I recommend this tour. Several English tours are done which you can book in advance....More

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Reviewed October 29, 2017

Niaux was wonderful, awesome, magnificent. Our guide was terrific, and so knowledgeable and passionate. The tour itself was extremely comprehensive.... 1 1/2 hours and deep into the bowels of the earth. Be sure to reserve online though...no tickets for sale there. I loved the tour...More

1  Thank marthas s
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Sites Touristiq... A, Responsable relations clients at Grotte de Niaux, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2017

Thanks for the enthusiastic review ! We share the same passion and we are happy to make our visitors discover the magic inside the Niaux cave ..!

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Reviewed October 22, 2017

We took the 1.30pm tour which is in English. We booked in advance on line and were able to download an e-ticket onto my phone - no printing required. We arrived early and enjoyed a picnic overlooking the magnificent views of the valley below. The...More

1  Thank LimpetScotland
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Sites Touristiq... A, Responsable relations clients at Grotte de Niaux, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2017

Thanks for your review of the Niaux cave ! We are glad that you enjoyed the visite et the environment in Niaux. It is one of the last authentic prehistoric cave that we can visit and we hope it is going to last for a...More

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Reviewed October 18, 2017

These are the only caves where you can see genuine cave paintings from around 14,000 years ago. Totally stunning. The tours must be prebooked on the internet or by phone and places are limited to protect the interior environment and hence the paintings. There is...More

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Reviewed October 10, 2017 via mobile

Do take the time to book a guided tour through the caves, it is the only way you can see them. And once you're in the main chamber, appreciate you are looking at 13000 year old art and take a quiet moment to contemplate. Prep...More

Thank Bronwyn D
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Reviewed October 3, 2017

We were very pleased with our tour of the grotte. We went to the highly touted Font de Gaume two years ago and enjoyed this much more. The paintings here are bigger and more numerous. The guide was very knowledgeable and spoke English well. It...More

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Ccarolina C
June 22, 2017|
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Response from Lifeguard22 | Reviewed this property |
There are lots of caves around that area. If you are driving from Spain it may be worth checking the other caves too. The drawings are fantastic though. Definitely worth a road trip. We booked a tour online before we went.
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Kathryn K
June 29, 2016|
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Response from 666rosie | Reviewed this property |
Hello There is a station at Tarascon sur Ariege a few miles away? train from toulouse Not sure about other transport Hope you manage to get there - it is amazing
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Kevin4768
February 4, 2016|
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Response from JBfromVT | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you will need a car, and you must make a reservation. The website has all the necessary contact info. It was one of the more remarkable experiences of my life to see the caves & prehistoric drawings. It's definitely... More
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