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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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One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.

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A good day out

So this was fun - the cave in itself is amazing to see but the ancient cave drawings are really special. Helpful guide, tour was in French but with and English guide book

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

So this was fun - the cave in itself is amazing to see but the ancient cave drawings are really special. Helpful guide, tour was in French but with and English guide book

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Truly great cave paintings from 25,000 years ago ; stalactites, stalagmites , and clear cave bear hibernation pits along with claw scratches on the walls . Some of the best examples in Europe ; guided tours - book early to get on an English speaking tour!

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Oh this place should so have five blobs.... I have never seen anything as exquisite in a cave before as these paintings. They are awe inspiring. Nothing really prepares you for the moment of the grand spectacle and for that reason, do, do go. Make the most of the free museum and exhibition because if you are not a native... More 

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Aurora, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to two caves while in France and while we liked the other cave better (Grottes de Cougnac), this cave has the better paintings of the two. The main reason we liked the other cave better was that the groups were smaller and the guide gave equal attention to English and French speakers. At this cave, the guide was... More 

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Tournefeuille, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I could not recommend this enough. The place was spectacular. Also, the guide was great (maybe a bit too quiet but that didn't bother me).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are many cave options in the area but I chose this one because it seemed easier to access and has a prehistoric footprint! There were no English tours the day I went, so I joined a French tour, but they provide you with an English laminated booklet at the front desk so you can follow along during the tour.... More 

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Gedera, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

you get into a different world... world of the prehistoric man. our guide was very proffesional, very nice and had a sense of humor which is always good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Along with the polychrome paintings at Font de Gaume outside Les Eyzies and the incised drawings in the Rouffinac cave, the "paintings" in the Grotte du Pech-Merle constitute the the most impressive traces of our prehistoric ancestors still accessible to the public. The cave itself is interesting. Don't miss the "pearls" formed over countless years as grains of sand grew... More 

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Boston, MA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A relatively short walk along a nice dirt/stone path into the cave alongside a very knowledgeable guide. It is one of the few caves that provides close access to the drawings - drawings with their true coloring still evident. It is worth seeing the movie before or after the tour - particularly interesting is the history associated with finding the... More 

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Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Of 4 different rock art sites I visited in Southern France, Pech Merle is my favorite. Famous spotted horses and hand outlines, as well as wooly mammoths, female forms, bison, a perfect incised drawing of a cave bear head. Plus a child’s footprints preserved in the muddy cave floor by centuries of limestone rich water dripping on them after the... More 

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